How it Started
On September 8, 1900, a hurricane devastated Galveston, Texas leaving more than 5,000 people dead. The city, sustaining extensive property damage, was virtually destroyed. While survivors were still reeling from this onslaught of nature, Salvation Army National Commander Frederick Booth-Tucker ordered Salvation Army officers from across America to proceed to the disaster site to provide spiritual assistance. The Salvation Army's first national disaster appeal for funds was generously supported by caring Americans.
From these beginnings, The Salvation Army has developed local, regional, and national disaster services programs.
In North and South Carolina, The Salvation Army remains ready for any disaster that may occur. There are hundreds of Salvation Army personnel on call from all of our state's regions to quickly deploy to provide emergency food, shelter, and spiritual needs. Routinely, The Salvation Army's units deploy to provide for the practical and spiritual needs of first responders.
From destructive weather to state and national tragedies, The Salvation Army is ready and willing to assist with a formidable group of personnel and stock of emergency supplies.
The red shield continues to be a beacon of compassion in the Carolinas. It is immediate aid, psychological support, and spiritual counsel to individuals and families whose lives have been disrupted or shattered by forces beyond their control.