27 July 2018
Last Updated: 27 July 2018

The Salvation Army Begins Assistance of Cranston Fire Evacuation Shelter

Cranston Fire Claims 11,500 Acres in Riverside County as Evacuation Centers Open

Riverside, CA. July 27, 2018 – The Cranston Fire is currently raging in Riverside County, having already spread to 11,500 acres after starting just this past Wednesday afternoon. It has destroyed at least five homes in the Idyllwild area, and thousands in the region have already been evacuated. Currently, 2 evacuation centers have been opened: Banning High School (100 W. Westward Avenue, Banning, CA 92220) and Hamilton High School (57430 Mitchell Road, Anza, CA 92539).

The Salvation Army California South’s Moreno Valley Corps began food service today at Banning High School, serving 55 meals over breakfast and handing out 41 hygiene kits. Meanwhile, The Salvation Army’s Hemet Corps are currently on standby for food service at Hamilton High School. Food service will continue until the evacuation centers have been closed. Both sites are also providing emotional and spiritual care to evacuees.

At this time, The Salvation Army is asking for financial donations, which can be used to meet immediate challenges and specific needs in a timely fashion. Financial donations can also be pivoted into long-term recovery campaigns such as financial assistance for those that have lost their homes. To donate, click here or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

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 138 years in the United States. More than 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. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 7,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to calsouth.salvationarmy.org.