Polaris and The Salvation Army Partner at DARPA

Polaris and The Salvation Army Partner at DARPA

Polaris and The Salvation Army are showing the value of partnership while DARPA shows the advances in using Technology to help in times of disaster. Many of the tools that are manufactured by Polaris are perfect for taking The Salvation Army closer to where the need is the greatest. At the DARPA Robotics Challenge, Teams from around the world demonstrate diverse approaches and expertise while collaborating toward a common goal: improving robotics for disaster response.

Recently in response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy and the Oklahoma tornadoes, Polaris donated a number of off road support vehicles to assist The Salvation Army in disaster response. Demonstrating this partnership while DARPA continues to find ways to support disaster response is a natural fit.

The units on display walk, crawl and roll. They take inspiration from humans and animals, and come in sizes tall and small, skinny and wide. They represent five countries around the world. They are the robots of the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials, and they and their human operators have all been practicing very, very hard. (

The teams scheduled to compete in the DRC Trials—taking place December 20-21 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida—are a mix of government, academic and commercial organizations from around the globe. They vary from each other in many ways, such as team size and experience, focus on hardware and/or software, and the design and capabilities of their entries. What all teams share, however, is commitment to a common goal: to speed development of robots that could aid in response efforts after future natural and man-made disasters.

Kevin Smith, Director and Lance Rocks, Assistant Director of The Salvation Army, Emergency Disaster Services, Florida Division as representatives.

“Its perfect to be in Homestead, Florida watching how robotics are being used to make disaster response more efficient and less dangerous for responders when conditions may be too dangerous.” said Lance Rocks. “Homestead really was the starting point for modern day emergency management and seeing that robotics are now being introduced into the response field here gets you excited. Especially if the exponential growth is duplicated.”

The Salvation Army is very grateful to Polaris for its support. The Salvation Army is recognized because we serve at the time and place of the greatest need. Polaris's products takes us even further, and that is critical for our relief. Representatives from Polaris and The Salvation Army will be at the DARPA Challenge Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Major Sylvaine Maegli

Winter Storm Impacts Arkansas, Oklahoma

Winter Storm Impacts Arkansas, Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (December 6, 2013) – Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin, and Governor of Arkansas, Mike Beebe, issued States of Emergency for Arkansas and Oklahoma in advance of the Winter Storm that has impacted both states. The weather maps show Winter Storm Warning, Winter Weather Advisory, Ice Storm Warnings and Freezing Rain Warnings issued in counties across Arkansas and Oklahoma. Although the weather is slowly clearing in Oklahoma, precipitation continues to fall throughout much of Arkansas.

Travel is possible but highly discouraged in many parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma. As the snow and ice pass, the temperatures will fall with potentially record setting lows on Friday evening. Loss of power could result in a humanitarian crisis as temperatures drop into the single digits.

The Salvation Army in the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division took steps in advance to alert all Corps and Commands of the predicted weather as well as placing all 21 canteens (mobile feeding units) on standby for disaster response. Currently, Warming Centers are open and community centers have all shelters open and are taking necessary steps to allow for additional accommodations of men, women, and children should it be as necessary.

Salvation Army personnel are working with State emergency management officials and other VOAD agencies to coordinate services and provide assistance to residents in both Arkansas and Oklahoma due to current weather and road conditions.

Monetary donations are welcome and can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at

Updates will be provided as additional information is forthcoming.


About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to

Children from College Verena were among many present to celebrate with KNH. College Verena students put on a skit, while others sang and danced; all showing amazing talent that was fostered through various programs and organizations supported by KNH.

Bet You Could Use A Couple of Elves Running Around…

Bet You Could Use A Couple of Elves Running Around

With all the hustle bustle of this season, an extra couple of elves running around taking care of business would be really nice. Or, you know… a dozen.

As you enjoy all your holiday preparations, don’t forget to take time to reminisce about Christmas in Texas and everywhere around the world, and check out the Texas Tidings online holiday calendar. Each time you share, Reliant gives $1 to The Salvation Army. #texastidings

Bet You Could Use A Couple of Elves Running Around


Today is Giving Tuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday.

Today is Giving Tuesday. There’s Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. Now there’s a new holiday tradition called Giving Tuesday.

It’s a special day to help our neighbors in need and give to our community.

Many local parents worry whether they’ll have anything around the tree for their kids this Christmas. Or if they’ll have a tree at all. But The Salvation Army is there for them. And you can be too, by shopping our easy-to-use Christmas Gift Catalog.

Today is Giving Tuesday.

From toys to clothes to Christmas dinner, our online Christmas Gift Catalog provides many meaningful ways to help neighbors in need. Please open your heart today.

Don’t miss out on Giving Tuesday!

Shop now and help a local family in need this Christmas, or check with your local Salvation Army to see how else you can give back to your community.