the Salvation Army is continuing to play a major role in helping those
communities devastated by the Victorian bushfires. In the first three days
after the bushfires, the Salvation Army provided more than $1 million in
immediate financial payments to bushfire victims across Victoria.
Whittlesea and Wallan, two of the largest emergency response sites, The
Salvation Army assisted nearly 900 families and individuals with support and
financial aid. At Yarra Glen, Healesville and Traralgon the Salvation Army
assisted over 500 people. They also provided more than 5,000 meals during
the bushfires. The Salvation Army is currently working at 10 sites across
the state, supporting the community in a variety of different ways.
The amazingly generous support
from the Australian public and business community has enabled the Salvation
Army to provide cash very quickly to those affected by the bushfires. In the
early stages of the crisis, this was the best possible assistance the
Salvation Army could offer to people left with nothing.
As the emergency response process
continues and people move towards the recovery phase the Salvation Army
continues to offer financial, emotional and material support to individuals
and families who have suffered great loss. The Salvation Army services are
as wide-ranging and diverse as the areas of need in the community because of
this the Salvation Army is able to integrate bushfire victims into their
mainstream social services.
Army raised more than $17.5 million thanks to caring supporters that will
all go directly to communities and people who have lost everything.