Within hours of the Sept. 11 attacks, the Salvation Army had dispatched volunteers to New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. More than 4,000 volunteers served 532,522 meals in the first seven days and counseled 6,000 people. This efficient and caring disaster response is not new to the Salvation Army. The organization has been helping people around the world since 1878 as part of the Christian Church. Besides providing disaster relief, the group offers youth services and advocates for an end to world poverty.