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The Salvation Army Responds to Immediate Needs of Survivors and Relief Workers in Southern California Wildfires

Agency Providing 10,000 Meals per Day, Emotional & Spiritual Care

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Having completed recovery efforts surrounding the 2003 southern California wildfires only weeks ago, The Salvation Army has once again mobilized to provide assistance and support to relief workers and survivors in the wake of the latest series of blazes. To date, nine mobile canteen units have been deployed throughout the area and six additional units have been mobilized. Thus far, the canteens have provided more than 15,000 meals and 15,000 drinks to thousands of individuals impacted by the disaster. In addition, the Army is providing cots, cups and personal care kits to responders and survivors, along with emotional and spiritual care.

Our primary goal is responding to the immediate needs of the thousands of evacuees and relief workers in the area," said Lt. Col Doug O'Brien, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army's Sierra Del Mar Division covering San Diego County. "Over the long-term, we expect to have many thousands of people who will need our help with long-term recovery to rebuild their homes and lives."

Specific Salvation Army activities include:

-- Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego, CA): Two Salvation Army mobile kitchen

units have provided thousands of meals and drinks at the stadium

evacuation site. Earlier this afternoon, San Diego Padres third baseman

Kevin Kouzmanoff, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and about a dozen front

office staff assisted The Salvation Army in serving food to evacuees.

The players and staff also visited with evacuees and children after

lunch and handed out toiletries and packaged foods, accompanied by a

Newsweek photographer.

-- Additional Canteen Units (San Diego area): Canteens are also serving at

Steel Canyon High School, Santana High School, Campo Community Center,

Lakeside Hanson Ranch, Escondido High School and Fallbrook (mobile).

-- Orange County, CA: A mobile feeding unit served more than 250

commanders of the Orange County Fire Authority at their command post at

Irvine Park on Monday. Today, the canteen served fire evacuees in the

Albertson's shopping center parking lot in the city of Orange.

-- Los Angeles, CA: Four canteen units have been dispatched in Los Angeles

providing food, drinks, 300 cots and 3,000 personal care kits to fire

survivors. The care kits include a toothbrush, wash cloth, comb,

shampoo and other items.

-- Elsewhere: In Los Angeles County, where fires continue to burn in

Malibu Canyon, Santa Clarita, and other areas, Salvation Army Emergency

Disaster personnel remain on standby, ready to respond when requested

by County authorities.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the California wildfires to visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Please designate your gift for California wildfire relief. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors' most immediate needs. Donations are used to purchase necessary items that are most needed at that moment in time based on the unique needs of affected individuals and families.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 127 years in the United States. More than 35 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to

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