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FedEx Donates “Key to Life” to Salvation Army

June 8, 2009

Major Steve Morris is Area Commander for the Salvation Army-National Capital Area Command in D.C.  On May 28, FedEx donated a brand new Disaster Response Unit (DRU) canteen truck to the Command. At the DRU dedication event, Major Morris took the ignition key to the vehicle, held it up high in view of the crowd, and said “This is not just a key – it represents life.”

Joe Gibbs, former coach of the Washington Redskins, added excitement to the special occasion, as did professional NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin, also on hand for the event.

This DRU donation was the 12th FedEx has made to the Salvation Army over the last two years – seven in cities across the U.S. and five in cities around the world: London, Mexico City, Sydney, Winnipeg and San Juan.

The canteen truck donated to Los Angeles has been used to help wildfire victims and first responders, and to feed the homeless in MacArthur Park. The extra-large version donated to the Miami market was moved temporarily last year to Galveston, Texas to help take care of gulf coast hurricane evacuees.

12 DRUs, 12 keys – that’s a lot of lives!


    judith rowland says:

    The FedEx organization has extended the reach of The Salvation Army in a very tangible way with the addition of this latest canteen donation – the officers and volunteers will now be able to feed twice as many homeless and hurting people!

    This gift is a very real advantage in our continual effort to restore dignity to the poor in our communities.

    May God bless FedEx leadership and employees the world over!!!

    George Polarek says:

    Meeting needs, healing hurts and changing lives. The Salvation Army and FedEx, what a great team! Thank you FedEx for your great work.

    Patricia Miller says:

    Last month I volunteered at this FedEx and Salvation Army event in Washington, DC where we donated a new Disaster Response Unit (canteen truck) to the organization. Friends and colleagues asked if I was volunteering to see racecar driver Denny Hamlin or Hall of Fame Coach Joe Gibbs at the event. Although I am a football fan and enjoy NASCAR, I was actually going as a Salvation Army fan.
    I was introduced to the Salvation Army in high school. Late one summer afternoon while working at a gas station with my brothers, a huge storm blew in. The wind grew so strong I ran toward the garage, past a plate glass window in the front of the station, to seek safety in the garage bay. Suddenly, the front door blew closed. I heard a sound that I cannot describe, but will never forget. I looked over and saw the plate glass window shattered, suspended for one brief moment in air. It was like an action movie played in slow motion. Unfortunately, I was the star of the movie.
    The glass completely severed two arteries and two main nerves in my left arm, and nicked a third artery at my left elbow. Someone stopped the bleeding by applying pressure with gas station rags. I was rushed to the hospital and sent into surgery with an emergency room doctor who vowed to try to save my arm. The surgery was a success, but I was going to need more complicated medical attention.
    The first few weeks after the accident were exciting. I made the front page of the paper and my brother’s friend, who had stopped the bleeding, received an award for saving my life. Then it got slow – extremely slow. I was sent to the Mayo clinic in Rochester MN, about an hour from home. After a few long, boring days in waiting rooms, one of my doctors suggested we visit the Salvation Army Hospitality House. My mother and I went by and a wonderful staff of dedicated people gave us a warm and friendly welcome. They helped us with everything from local information to emergency supplies.
    In the fall, I had to spend three days a week in Rochester for therapy, staying by myself in a hotel. I was only 15 at the time and the Salvation Army virtually adopted me. They checked in on me everyday to make sure I was safe and they even helped me with my homework. I spent many hours at the thrift shop and knew all of the workers. The staff saved the best clothes for me to buy from the stores, so I was very fashionably dressed on days I attended school. Even though I was a young teenager, alone in a strange city, I always felt I had a place to go. I was also very insecure about my scar and they showed me how it made me unique. They made me feel that it was strength not a weakness. Above all, the Salvation Army taught me the meaning of the word compassion.
    In college, I had my choice of many different work study jobs, but knew as soon as I saw the list which job was for me – teaching arts and crafts and cooking at the Salvation Army youth center. We made simple crafts and our cooking never progressed beyond ice cream sundaes and rice crispy bars, but we had a great time. I was able to pass on the lesson of compassion to all of the youth at the center.
    Over the years, I have always been thankful to The Salvation Army for taking care of my family and me during a difficult time. That is why I will always be a fan of the Salvation Army. It was a very special moment to see FedEx, the company I have worked for and loved for fifteen years, donate a Disaster Response Unit to the Salvation Army. I am proud to work for a company that helps the special people of the Salvation Army touch so many lives the way they touched mine.

    Patricia Miller
    Manager, Ops Training – Eastern Region
    1010 N Glebe Rd
    Suite 300 Capital District Office
    Arlington, VA 22201

    Ana Fuentes says:

    Couple of years ago I was a member of the Salvation Army, I have been working for FedEx for 6 years not that I see that our company is interested to give out to the community, specially for something so important as a canteen is for this big organization, I’m proud to be part of the fedEx family.

    Aritha Bianca Pinga says:

    This is not just a business site but a well informative site.

    CHEERio to you! and more power!

    bruce szapa says:

    i am a fedex first experience with the salvation army left a lasting impression. in the 80`s, my brother-in-law piloting his own plane crashed. the search teams that helped to look for him were greeted every morning, at the main hall on the stonington peninsula with food, coffee,and freindly faces of salvation army helpers, who did all of it. thanks for being who you are.

    Cheryl Roe says:

    I have worked for Fedex for 25 years and I am so proud to see that as the company has grown so has it’s giving back to the community. It is something that should come with prosperity and responsibility as a large corporation and so often does not. Kudo’s Fedex! Well done.

    Adrian Smith says:

    Thank you for sharing your story Patricia, I was rewarded for taking the time to enjoy it.

    Charlotte Johnson says:

    It is not by accident or coincidence that FedEx is successful. From the Purple Promise to P-S-P to the generosity exhibted year after year to the communities throughout the world FedEx has distinguished itself. Im proud to be part of this company. FedEx outreach to Salvation Army increases the ongoing benefits many times over. FedEx like Salvation Army does not make much fanfare over the great work they do. Another indication of quality and worth. I hold FedEx in my prayers

    Dianne Svendbye says:

    I volunteered in Boston yesterday for the Salvation Army. FedEx was donating a brand new Emergency Disaster Response vehicle. People from FedEx were great, they even had the #11 FedEx Nascar there and the driver to sign autographs. It’s so nice to see so many people who are willing to help others. And although I have not been with the Salvation Army that long, what I have done has left great memories for me of the smiles when you help. Everyone is always so appreciative. Again FedEx you people are great. I am adding FedEx to my facebook.

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