The Salvation Army has been on the front lines of the wildfires in Southern California. Former Modesto command officer Maj. Mike Dickinson, serving in San Diego, reports that
The Salvation Army had 15 mobile canteens at various locations, feeding firefighters, police and homeowners.
The Salvation Army was also asked to take over the feeding at all of the refugee shelters set up by the Red Cross and the governmental agencies and has taken that task as well.
And finally, The Salvation Army created 10 "counseling and comfort" teams to drive through the affected areas to bring relief to the emotional and personal losses being felt.
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As an interesting sidebar, the Modesto mobile canteen was ordered to stay behind in Stanislaus County in case of emergency. When the San Jose quake hit, the canteen was loaded and ready to roll in less than 30 minutes when word came that damage was minimal and the response was unnecessary.
chairman, Modesto Salvation Army advisory board