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KBTX Media will feature The Salvation Army Bryan/College Station Women’s Auxiliary President, Lylabeth King, as a finalist for the Jefferson Awards

KBTX Media will feature The Salvation Army Bryan/College Station Women’s Auxiliary President, Lylabeth King, as a finalist for the Jefferson Awards. The ceremony honoring Lylabeth and the other nominees will be held tomorrow night and will air live on KBTX. Thank you, Lylabeth for Doing The Most Good!

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On This Day In History: April 29

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Today, The Salvation Army of Temple, TX broke ground on the Center of Hope! This comprehensive social service complex that will feature emergency assistance as well as long term programs that will provide stability to individuals and families in crisis. Happy Ground Breaking Day!

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Gene And Jerry Jones Charities Donate $100K to Help West

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The Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities will make a $100,000 donation to The Salvation Army to assist with the charity’s disaster relief efforts in West, Texas.

The close-knit Texas community was devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion last week that killed 15 citizens, including 10 first responders, and injured more than 160 people.

“The community of West, Texas, has suffered a tremendous loss through this tragedy,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, president of charities for the Dallas Cowboys, in a news release. “But they have also shown their strength and resilience in beginning the healing process as well. We hope that others will join us in supporting the efforts of The Salvation Army as the focus turns to providing the resources necessary to help the great people of West rebuild.”

Salvation Army personnel collected financial donations from fans wishing to join the outreach effort at the team’s annual NFL Draft Party at Cowboys Stadium on Thursday, April 25. By midnight on the night of the incident, The Salvation Army had mobilized support teams and deployed five Emergency Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) to the West area.

The massive blast from the explosion measured 2.1 on the Richter scale and was felt as far as 80 miles away in Dallas. More than 75 homes and businesses were destroyed, including a 50 unit apartment complex and a nursing home facility.

Monetary donations to the city and citizens of West allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of the disaster survivors.

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On This Day In History: April 26

In 1905, the first immigrant ship chartered by The Salvation Army, the SS Vancouver, set sail from Liverpool, England for Canada with more than 1,000 newcomers on board. Over the next two years, The Salvation Army was able to bring 20,000 newcomers to Canada including farm boys The Salvation Army trained so they could find work farming when they arrived. Over time with the help of The Salvation Army, more than 250,000 immigrants came to make a new life in Canada.

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Salvation Army in Bangladesh Responds After Building Collapse

Salvationists in Bangladesh are responding after an eight-storey building collapsed in Savar, about 30 kilometres from the capital city, Dhaka. At least 200 people have been killed in the disaster, though that number is likely to rise as rescuers work their way through the ruins.

The Bangladesh Command’s training college is only a kilometre from the scene so officers and cadets were on hand very quickly. A team led by Captain Bibhudan Samaddar (District Officer, Dhaka) was asked by a government coordinator to provide medicine to a local clinic and hospitals. Lack of medical supplies is the most pressing immediate concern at the site of the disaster and across the area.

Salvation Army officers and cadets have been faced with some gruesome sights, including bodies left in the open while the search for survivors continues. They have bought supplies of what is known as ‘Blessing Powder’, which they sprinkled on the bodies to keep away insects and prevent the spread of infection.

An initial sum of US$3,000 is being sent to Bangladesh from International Headquarters in London. This will cover the cost of medical supplies and food parcels for families of people who worked in the three garment factories that were housed in the destroyed building.

Lieutenant Colonel Alistair Venter, Officer Commanding of the Bangladesh Command, says that The Salvation Army is seeking to fulfil needs that are not currently being met by the government, particularly while the rescue operation continues to be a priority. ‘We want to bring relief to those who are suffering,’ he writes, ‘and try to address some of the challenges that the bereaved and injured family members are facing.’

Donations to support The Salvation Army’s response in Bangladesh can be made online here. Story reposted from The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services site.

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The Salvation Army Supporting Memorial Services in West, Texas

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Dallas, TX (April 25, 2013)—The Salvation Army has been asked to support the Memorial services of those who tragically lost their lives as a result of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. A canteen and staff from The Salvation Army in San Angelo will be onsite at each Memorial service providing refreshment and emotional and spiritual support to the families and friends at this very difficult time.

Six Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) continue to serve in West, including the Dallas Fort Worth Catering Truck which is moving between affected neighborhoods assisting residents. After a full week of service The Salvation Army has served 5,439 meals, 5,854 drinks, and 3,285 snacks. We are so grateful to our committed Officers, staff and volunteers who have so far given a combined total of 3,155 hours of service.

The Salvation Army warehouse in Waco has received a steady flow of donations and is now housing all of the overflow donations from the City of West, which currently stands at 20 truckloads, the majority of which is clothing. These donations will be sorted and distributed to residents in West over the coming days.

More than 120 families have met with The Salvation Army case workers at the Joint Assistance Center and all received gift cards to assist with their immediate needs. The Salvation Army is also providing assistance to those who have lost employment at the fertilizer plant, nursing home, and other businesses directly affected by the disaster.

It is anticipated that The Salvation Army feeding operations will continue at least through the weekend, possibly scaling down to three units at the beginning of next week. Major Shannon Winters (McKinney) and Major LeighAnn Craddock (Dallas Temple) will remain in West providing emotional and spiritual counseling through Friday. The Majors have prayed with more than 260 individuals and families this week.

News was received yesterday that Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, has made a $100,000 gift to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in West, through his family’s charitable organization. The Dallas Cowboys and Jones family are great friends and partners of The Salvation Army, and indeed Charlotte Anderson Jones is the current National Advisory Board Chair. The Jones family said that they hope their gift will inspire others to support The Salvation Army’s relief work in West.

The best way to support the ongoing relief work in West is by making a financial donation. This can be made in the following ways:
• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• ONLINE at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/texas/westexplosion

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

 

 

 

 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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The Salvation Army Serves 700 Meals as Case Management Begins in West, Texas

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Dallas, TX (April 23, 2013) – The newly established Joint Assistance Center (JAC) was a hive of activity on Monday as returning West residents registered for assistance and case work with a number of agencies including The Salvation Army.

The Disaster Canteen (mobile kitchen) from The Salvation Army in Abilene was stationed at the JAC, located at 2547 Jerry Mashek Drive in West, serving meals and refreshments throughout the day. Other units were again located at the Command Center and Community Center, with one canteen roving through the most affected neighborhoods.

Social Services staff from The Salvation Army in Waco met with a steady stream of people seeking assistance at the JAC, which will be open from 8:30 AM-7:00 PM, Monday-Friday. Lisa Wood, who has lived in West for five years with her husband and elderly mother, Shirley Reed, patiently waited in line to meet with a case manager on Monday morning. “We gathered what we could and evacuated immediately after the explosion on Wednesday night,” she explained. We’ve been staying in a hotel in Waco and my husband finally got to see the house for the first time this morning. The windows are all blown out but it’s still standing,” said Lisa, smiling. “We are so grateful that you are here to help.”

Monday saw a significant increase in the number of residents served as many returned to West for the first time since being evacuated. The Salvation Army served 700 meals on Monday alone and has provided 3,645 meals, 3,205 drinks, and 1,743 snacks, in the 5 days since the explosion.

Volunteers are needed at The Salvation Army warehouse, located at 101 Apron Rd in Waco. The warehouse, open each day from 8:00 AM-7:00 PM, has been designated as the main donation collection and distribution site in the area. There has been an incredible outpouring of support by fellow Texans and beyond for the community of West, and as a result The Salvation Army is not able to accept any additional in-kind donations. If you would like to volunteer at the warehouse, or for more information, please call (254) 379-2430.

Financial donations can be made in the following ways to support The Salvation Army’s ongoing response in West:
• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• ONLINE at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/texas/westexplosion

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

 

 

 

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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The Salvation Army Remains in West, TX, as Residents Begin Long Term Recovery

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Dallas, TX (April 22, 2013)—After seeing their home in the devastated community of West for the first time since the explosion, a couple said, “We cried when we first drove up. But walking through the broken glass we realized that everything in the house is repairable and replaceable. We are so lucky to have our lives, we can fix the rest. It’s going to be alright.”

Local authorities have completed the initial damage assessment of the area concluding that 73 homes have been completed destroyed, 59 homes sustained major damage, a further 78 residences have minor damage, and an additional 61 homes have been affected in other ways. Two phases of residents were allowed to return to their homes today before the 7:00 PM curfew was invoked with two more phases expected to return tomorrow.

A Joint Assistance Center (JAC) has been established at 2547 Jerry Mashek Drive in West, as one central location where residents can have access to assistance from a range of relief agencies. Social Services Staff from The Salvation Army in Waco will be responsible to process applications from residents and provide support, Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM-7:00 PM, in the form of Walmart gift cards, counseling and case management. One Disaster Canteen (mobile kitchen) will remain at the JAC, another will work in the affected neighborhoods, with the remaining two units covering the Community Center and the Command Post. It is anticipated that the canteen services will continue for at least the coming week.

Since the response began within hours of the fertilizer plant explosion on Wednesday evening The Salvation Army has provided 2,945 meals, 2,526 drinks, and 1,385 snacks. So far, Salvation Army Officers, staff and volunteers have served for a combined number of 1,985 hours. As people return to their homes it is anticipated that spiritual care will become a key aspect of The Salvation Army response. To date, 137 residents and first responders have received prayer and spiritual care.

Major Dan Ford, Incident Commander, has been coordinating warehouse operations at 101 Apron Rd in Waco. Some donations have been received locally but this location will be focused on assisting the local jurisdiction and McClennan County with overflow from West and other donation collection sites around the region. The warehouse will be open each day from 8:00 AM-7:00 PM. If you would like to volunteer at the warehouse, or for more information, please call (254) 379-2430. The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations at this location.

The most effective way to support The Salvation Army’s ongoing response in West is by making a financial contribution:
• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• ONLINE at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/texas/westexplosion

Please continue to pray for the residents of West and for the many first responders and relief agencies who are working so hard to provide life’s basic necessities and assistance as the long road to recovery begins.

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.