01 April 2014

The Salvation Army is well regarded for its history of service during disasters. Our network of volunteers and trained personnel stretches across the country, so we’re ready to respond quickly when disaster strikes. We provide services that meet the immediate as well as long term physical, emotional and spiritual needs of disaster victims.

Our response to the mudslide in Snohomish County, WA, was immediate and remains steadfast. We’ve worked in Snohomish County for more than 125 years, so The Salvation Army is respected and welcomed.

The Salvation Army is also a trusted partner when other groups want to give money – but want to be sure that it is used to help, not wasted or used to fund other needs. We are humbled by the generosity of these corporate partners, and their faith in the work of The Salvation Army.

“We’re honored that these corporations have selected The Salvation Army as a partner for this fundraising effort,” commented Major Doug Tollerud, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army Northwest Division. “They trust us and the work we are doing in the areas impacted by the mudslide. We’ll get the funds to the families who need it – now and in the future as they rebuild their lives.”

Bartell Drugs

Long-time Salvation Army supporter Bartell Drugs has stepped up to help raise money for the families affected by the mudslide in Snohomish County, WA. The local drug store has been part of the community for nearly 125 years and has grown to 63 locations throughout the Puget Sound area.

Beginning March 31, all Bartell Drugs stores will collect donations from customers for The Salvation Army mudslide disaster fund. Plus, Bartell Drugs will match up to $10,000.

“When tragedies like this occur, the Salvation Army’s staff and volunteers are focused on the needs of individuals, families and first-responders,” said Bartell Drugs Chairman and CEO George D. Bartell. “Donations by our customers, along with our company’s matching pledge, will be committed to on-the-ground recovery efforts in Oso and surrounding communities.”

Papa John’s

On Thursday, April 3, Papa John’s restaurants will donate the profits from all sales to The Salvation Army work in the areas affected by the Oso mudslides. This is truly a state-wide effort – 40 locations in Western Washington, plus three locations in Tri-Cities, and three locations in Spokane are participating.

The regular menu will be available on Thursday, plus a special offer -- large one topping pizza for $10.

”Being locally owned and operated we knew we needed to reach out and help our community. We own a store in Marysville which is very close to Oso so we’ve been donating pizzas to the families as well as the search and rescue personnel,” said Diane Kaelin, a local Papa John’s Franchisee.


On Tuesday, April 1, and Wednesday, April 2, SPIRIT 105.3 is hosting a “Share the SPIRIT Pledge Drive.” This ongoing fundraiser invites listeners to partner with the station in its ongoing efforts to “reach even more people with hope, encouragement and the message of Christ.” With every ongoing gift of $30/month, the first month's contribution will be donated directly back to the community of Oso through the work of The Salvation Army.

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