The Salvation Army and Bashas’ join forces on Arizona fire relief efforts

PHOENIX – Arizona wildfires strike every summer, and when they do, The Salvation Army springs into action, bringing care and comfort to our neighbors and supporting the brave men and women battling on the front lines.

The Salvation Army provided nearly 300 meals for firefighters, volunteers and residents affected by the recent Tinder Fire, and signs could be pointing to a busy wildfire season in Arizona.

“The Salvation Army is there before, during and after disasters in our communities,” said Lt. Col. Kelly Pontsler, commander of The Salvation Army Southwest Division, based in Phoenix. “Wildfires can have an overwhelming effect on all involved, so we are there to help with healing.”

Pictured: Salvation Army Aides assisting firefighters.
Photos courtesy of Salvation Army Southwest Division

Once again, Bashas’ Family of Stores is lending its support to these vital efforts.

Donate at the register at any of the 104 Bashas’ or Food City locations across Arizona during the month of June, and those generous donations will help The Salvation Army provide critical relief to those impacted by wildfires this summer.

More information, including store locations, can be found at

“Every year, thousands of lives are affected by wildfires across Arizona, and in times of great need, The Salvation Army is there,” said Ashley Shick, director of communication & public affairs, Bashas’ Family of Stores. “It is our honor to support the important work that they do and thank them for their commitment to helping Arizona’s families.”

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 125 years in Arizona. More than 267,000 Arizonans received assistance from The Salvation Army last year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, clothing and shelter for the homeless, disaster and heat relief, senior activity and outreach, adult rehabilitation, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Approximately 81 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army are used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( To find out more, visit

About Bashas’ Family of Stores:

Bashas’ Family of Stores – the family-owned grocer that operates Food City, AJ’s Fine Foods, Eddie’s Country Store, and both Bashas’ and Bashas’ Dine supermarkets – is an Arizona-based company founded by brothers Ike and Eddie Bashas, Sr. With more than 100 grocery stores, it is one of the largest employers in the state and one of the Best Places to Work in Arizona. Since the company’s inception in 1932, Bashas’ has given back more than $100 million to the communities it serves. For more information, visit


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