National Salvation Army Week To Be Celebrated With Gift Of $100,000 Disaster Response Unit From FedEx At The 911th Airlift Wing

 National Salvation Army Week To Be Celebrated With Gift Of $100,000 Disaster
              Response Unit From FedEx At The 911th Airlift Wing

PR Newswire

CARNEGIE, Pa., May 13, 2013

CARNEGIE, Pa., May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --On Wednesday, May
15^th, in celebration of the 60^th National Salvation Army Week, FedEx is
donating a custom $100,000 Disaster Response Unit (DRU) to The Salvation Army,
the first vehicle of its kind to be used in Western Pennsylvania. The new DRU
will help Salvation Army workers and volunteers better serve the community by
providing meals to needy and displaced residents during and after natural
disasters. This vehicle is the 17^th unit that FedEx has donated to The
Salvation Army global fleet, representing more than $1.7 million dollars in
corporate contributions. To commemorate this special occasion, the DRU will
demonstrate its capabilities for the first time at the Pittsburgh
International Airport Air Reserve Station, which is known for its expertise in
disaster response. Personnel from the 911^th Airlift Wing, 171^st Air
Refueling Wing, 316^th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and National
Disaster Medical System (NDMS) will be on hand to participate in this
inaugural event.


"Both FedEx and the military have been our faithful supporters in disaster
relief," said Major William Bode, The Salvation Army's Western Pennsylvania
Divisional Commander. "We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate this
special day."

The DRU is outfitted with the latest equipment and technology to assist
disaster response personnel in helping community members before, during and
after emergencies such as fires, earthquakes, floods or other weather-related
disasters. The custom-designed and built unit features a fully functional
kitchen where workers and volunteers can prepare meals to feed approximately
2,500 people per day.

"At FedEx, we are passionate about helping people prepare for the unexpected
and are known for making critical deliveries when and where it counts," said
Rose Flenorl, manager, Social Responsibility, FedEx Services. "Through the
donation of this new Disaster Response Unit, we hope to help The Salvation
Army continue to deliver much needed food and aid to Western Pennsylvania
residents in their times of need."

The very first National Salvation Army Week was declared by President Dwight
D. Eisenhower between November 18 and December 4, 1954 as a reminder to
Americans that they should give freely of themselves proclaiming, "Among
Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted
dedication to the cause of brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of
this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home,
friendliness and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, their work has
been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all
Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation
Army have won the respect of all."

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a
broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With
annual revenues of $44 billion, the company offers integrated business
applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed
collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among
the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than
300,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the
highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers
and communities. For more information, visit

Both a church and a social service organization, The Salvation Army began in
London, England in 1865. Today, it provides critical services in 126
countries worldwide. The 28-county Western Pennsylvania Division serves
thousands of needy families through a wide variety of support services. To
learn more about The Salvation Army in Western Pennsylvania, log onto, or The Salvation Army … Doing the most good
. . . for the most people . . . in the most need.

SOURCE Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division
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