Nov 8, 2019
By David Adams
The Petaluma Salvation Army worked hard in conjunction with SA corps from around Sonoma county providing meals for the Kincaid fire evacuees that stayed at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall.
The evacuation center was housing approximately two hundred evacuees and the Salvation Army was asked to help with preparing and serving the food for their stay. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner was served. Some three thousand meals during the week of the fires.
As well as providing meals, the SA supplied two hundred cots, food, blankets and toiletries to a number of evacuation centers and the Petaluma Elks. The Elks again operated as the cafeteria for Calvary church as Calvary was hosting some one hundred and sixty evacuees. Businesses stepped up with donations to the Salvation Army such as air masks donated byFriedman Brothers Home Improvement and Quality Printing Services that the Salvation Army then distributed where they were needed with the supplies they already dispensing.
The donations that go into the kettles stay in the community they are donated in to provide services when needed in emergencies as well as year-round services. Programs like the Petaluma Corps food pantry program, PG & E and rental subsidies, holiday gifts food, and back and back to school supplies to name just some of the programs. In 2019 the Petaluma Salvation Army’s food bank will have served some ten thousand families in the communities of Petaluma, Penngrove and Cotati.
The Salvation Army wants to thank all the volunteers that helped the week of the fires. Also thanks goes out to thePetaluma Elks for serving twelve hundred meals to evacuees, and theKiwanis Club of Petaluma for helping with their Pan Cake machine for morning breakfasts at thePetaluma Vets Hall.
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