Salvation Army Provides Assistance At Roaring Lion Wildfire In Montana

August 09, 2016
Lora Marini Baker | | (206) 310-5708

HAMILTON, MT – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services team has been working in Ravalli County, MT, and the nearby areas devastated by the Roaring Lion wildfire. As of Tuesday morning, the fire had spread to 8,270 acres, with 50% percent contained.  Captain Rob Lawler is leading the relief effort on behalf of The Salvation Army. “The county leadership asked us to help, and we’ve been here since Thursday. We will help however we can, for as long as we’re needed,” said Captain Lawler, a trained emergency disaster responder.

Feeding the Community, Volunteers

The Salvation Army is serving meals to displaced families and volunteers. The canteen (mobile feeding unit), located at 1285 N. 1st Street, is serving two meals daily, plus snacks and beverages, as well as hygiene kits. All food and personal items are free to anyone who needs them.

Vouchers for Families Impacted by the Fires

The Salvation Army is providing vouchers to families impacted by the wildfires for gasoline, hotels, and other needs. For information, call 406-210-1453.

Donations of Tangible Items

At the request of the county, The Salvation Army is sorting, organizing, and planning distribution of the many tangible items that have been donated to date. At this time, donations of additional tangible items are being discouraged, due to storage and space requirements. Donors who have items for future donation should call 406-210-1453.

“There has been a generous outpouring of items from the general public,” said Captain Lawler. “But, at this time, storage of these items is a challenge. The families who need these donations aren’t ready for them yet – they’ll need these items after they find stable, long-term housing.”

How to Help

The most critical need right now is for monetary donations. The best way to help during any disaster, large or small, is often to make a financial contribution. Cash donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors without incurring many of the costs associated with sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods. Salvation Army disaster services are funded entirely by donors, and The Salvation Army uses 100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief operations.

There are three ways to contribute to The Salvation Army relief and restoration efforts for the Roaring Lion wildfire:

1.    By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY – designate gift for ‘Montana Wildfires’

2.    On-line at: – designate gift for ‘Montana Wildfires’

3.    By mail: Send a check, marked ‘Montana Wildfires’ to The Salvation Army, Northwest Divisional Headquarters, 111 Queen Anne Avenue N #300, Seattle, WA, 98109

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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