The Salvation Army provided emotional and spiritual care to more than 836,000 people from March through September 2020. The Salvation Army has provided relief in the wake of every natural disaster in the U.S. since 1900. But few events in our history have had as widespread an impact as COVID-19. With the massive loss of lives, as well as the illnesses, unemployment, and shutdowns, the emotional and spiritual toll has been staggering.
In addition to meeting the physical needs of our neighbors, we continued to provide for their emotional and spiritual needs. Thanks to our supporters, we handed out strength as well as meals. We offered comfort as well as beds. In the first few months, we helped thousands of people on our Hope Hotline. We reached out to the elderly and shut-ins who needed the warmth of a caring heart. And we found new ways to shine a light in the darkness, showing the way forward.