105 years ago today
Salvation Army personnel established feeding stations and shelters throughout downtown San Francisco and into Oakland.
The earthquake also marked the first time The Salvation Army coordinated a major, nationwide fundraising effort in response to a disaster.
>> 30,000 individuals fed
>> 9,000 individuals sheltered
>> $15,000 donated (more than $300,000 in current dollars)
To read more about The Salvation Army’s response effort, click here for a link to our national blog.
Like they have every year for the last 105, San Franciscans woke up this morning to the sound of sirens at exactly 5:11 to mark the anniversary. Those gathered in front of Lottas Fountain in downtown San Francisco at that hour shared a moment of silence for Japan.
They also paid tribute to the nation that contributed the most financial resources (other than the US): Japan. All those years ago, it was Japan that sent $250,000 to help rebuild San Francisco. Click here to read more about today’s events to commemorate the anniversary.
While we remember the earthquake losses on our shores more than a hundred years ago, let’s keep praying for Japan.
:: Click here to read more about what The Salvation Army is doing to help survivors in Japan.
:: Click here for a link to The Salvation Army’s disaster services website.