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A bit of history: The Salvation Army’s role in shielding Japanese orphans from internment

This year is the 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which lead to the internment of Japanese Americans. The Salvation Army in Northern California moved Japanese orphans in their care to other facilities and worked to find relatives outside of California to take the children in, all in an effort to shield them from internment.

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WWII-era glamour girl appeared in this vintage Salvation Army TV spot

She starred as Elizabeth Bennett in an early film adaptation of Jane Austen’s masterpiece Pride and Prejudice but won an Oscar for her work in Mrs. Miniver. A major box office draw in the 40s, she filmed this brief television ad for The Salvation Army in the 1970s, featured below.

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Major Evelyn Chavez’ 9-11 journal – entry #3

“The continuous question is, “Where is God in this?” An interesting observation from the site is the companies helping with the clean up. Angel Water supplies our fresh water and is the water used in the pit to put out the fires that constantly flare up. Trinity Construction is one of the companies working and Grace Trucking Company hauls out the melted, twisted iron.”

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A week of 9-11 remembrance

Major Evelyn Chavez has been involved in responding to her share of major disasters: the Northridge earthquake; the school shootings in Columbine; at the Houston Astrodome after hurricane Katrina; and at a Port au Prince hospital in Haiti. Those were all big events but the two weeks she spent in The Salvation Army tent at Ground Zero after the 9-11 terrorist attacks will touch her heart in a special way for the rest of her life.

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Target sends thousands of kids back to school with confidence

Northern California student Angel Lopez is getting ready to go back to school and learn about his favorite subject – science. He was one of the 3,000 kids in The Salvation Army’s US Western Territory who shopped at Target on Tuesday for back to school during the yearly Target School Spree with The Salvation Army.

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Warm nights, cool water, & great flick!

Just image it; a hot muggy night, and you floating on an inner tube watching Gnomeo and Juliet on a big screen TV at the Kroc. Could a summer activity be any better?

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A report on Northern Cal’s 125th year of caring

The Salvation Army of Northern California and Nevada just posted their 2010 annual report video to YouTube! Hosted by Major Douglas Riley, the video highlights our service and financial statistics during our 125th year of caring for people during their time of need in the Del Oro Division.

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FedEx and Salvation Army – “Building Back Better”

It all started when Salvation Army Major Ethan Frizzell noticed the prevalence of “three-walled homes” in New Orleans during the recovery phase after Hurricane Katrina: homes hastily built by well-meaning volunteers but left incomplete.

He realized that in the wake of disasters, organizations are often in such a hurry to show up and “put back what was there.” But Major Frizzell thought: “Why not build back better?”

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Summer is off to a hot start in AZ

Right out of the starting gate, summer is off to a sweltering start in the Valley of the Sun. Thankfully our local team collected thousands of water bottles with help from their media partner Belo Phoenix, Air Conditioning by Jay, and the generous people of Phoenix. And just in the nick of time.

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Salvation Army in Phoenix preps for high heat!

The Salvation Army, in partnership with Arizona’s Family 3TV, is hosting the 5th Annual Bottled Water Drive to collect water, hats, and cash donations.
When: Today – June 16th, 2011, 6am-7pm
Where: The Salvation Army, 2707 E. Van Buren St. Phoenix, AZ 85008

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Fundraising t-shirt to benefit tornado survivors in Central US

WARDrobe Army Apparel just released a new t-shirt design to benefit the thousands of people in the central U.S. who suffered tornado damage and the loss of loved ones. The Salvation Army is on the front lines of the affected areas offering food, clothing, shelter and other basic necessities.

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Stay tuned for more details…

Come back on June 12 to find out more about The Gathering and how you can be involved!

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