Back-to-School Drive

Back-To-School Drive

Visit our current Back to School drive here.

 

Can you imagine not having the proper clothes or supplies to start school? That’s the case for more than 100 children living in our shelters in Austin every day. Unlike most kids, the children living in Salvation Army shelters many times do not have what they need. We work to raise the funds to get all the school supplies and uniforms kids need to start school off – a backpack, USB flash drives, binders, notebooks, pencils and sharpies.

Would you like to help them get off to a good start to school? It’s easy to help!

Beginning Monday July 13 through Friday August 14, The Salvation Army Austin is holding its Back-to-School Drive. Simply stop by a Salvation Army Family Store location or The Salvation Army office on Burnet Road (see below) and drop off school supplies or clothing. Donations of new school clothes for ALL school-age children ages 5-18 are welcome, and the greatest need is for elementary school children. These children need both uniforms and regular clothing. The following school supplies are needed:

Most Needed Items: USB Flash Drives 1” and 2” Binders Sharpies, Pencils Colored Folders Kleenex Clorox Wipes Hand Sanitizer Spiral Notebooks Composition Notebooks

Other Items Needed: 

Pens #2 Pencils Pink erasers Pencil Sharpeners Thick and thin tipped colored markers Highlighters Crayons Notebook Paper – Wide and College RuledMap Pencils Glue Sticks Safety Scissors Gallon and Quart Sized Ziploc Bags New Backpacks Basic CalculatorsBracketed 2 –pocket Folders (orange, blue, purple, red, yellow, green) Pencil bags

Monetary donations can be made on our website.

You can also shop our Wal-Mart registry. If you shop today July 15, you can take advantage of Wal-Mart’s huge sale that has been in the news.

We will deliver all clothing and supply donations to The Salvation Army emergency shelters for the children before they head back to school. The Salvation Army is committed to ensuring that our children living in emergency shelters are able to start school with the same excitement and readiness as all other children.

We would like to thank you for your support in helping our local children have a great start to the school year!

Drop-off Locations

  • Austin Area Command: 107 Burnet Rd., Ste. 231, 78758

The Salvation Army Family Store Locations

  • South Congress: 4216 S. Congress Avenue, 78745
  • North Austin: 8801 B Research Boulevard, 78758
  • Round Rock: 601 W. Louis Henna Boulevard, Round Rock, 78728
  • Northwest Austin: 13530 N Hwy 183, 78750
I Am Waters

I Am Waters

Elena Davis, President and Founder and Angela Henderson, Chief of Staff

Angela Henderson, Chief of Staff (left) and Elena Davis, President and Founder (right)

 

 

Texas summers are hot! Unfortunately not everyone is fortunate enough to have the basic necessity to survive the heat: water. Elena Davis, President and Founder of I Am Waters, saw a need of clean water for those that are experiencing homelessness and decided to do something about it. In 2009, Elena Davis started the I Am Waters Foundation.

The I Am Waters Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas dedicated to providing fresh, clean water to the homeless.”

Last week, The Salvation Army was blessed with a large donation of bottled water from the I Am Waters Foundation for those in our emergency shelters this summer. I Am Waters donated 22 pallets (38,016) bottles of water. They will donate water again to The Salvation Army Emergency Shelters in August.

These water bottles will help keep the children in our shelters hydrated while at summer camp and while playing at our shelters, and will also keep the women in our shelters hydrated on their way back and forth from school or work.

I Am Waters carry inspirational messages on each of their bottles knowing that the person drinking from the bottle may need a little inspiration.

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 “I am so impressed and inspired by the many great organizations that help the homeless with housing, job skills and food. I Am Waters compliments these groups with our straight-forward mission to provide clean water to the homeless on the streets… I Am Waters provides our inspirational water bottles to homeless organizations for free to distribute to their clients in ways they deem best.”

We are thankful to I Am Waters for providing not only hydration to those living in our emergency shelters, but also love, compassion and hope as well.

Purchasing a bottle of water from I Am Waters at your local Whole Foods, supports the I Am Waters Foundation.

(photos of bottles above from I Am Water website)

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Water delivery to The Salvation Army

Water delivery to The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Austin - Recovery Story

Shop and Help Save a Life

The Salvation Army Austin - Success Story of Clayton

Clayton, Jessica and Michael W. Smith – Doing The Most Good Luncheon 2015

You have probably seen a Salvation Army Family Store in your area or have maybe even shopped at one; but did you know the good you are doing when you shop with us?

Sales from The Salvation Army Family Stores support our Adult Rehabilitation Center. The Rehabilitation Center provides spiritual, social and emotional assistance for men who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves.

Each center offers residential housing, work, group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment. The physical and spiritual care that program participants receive prepares them to re-enter society and return to gainful employment. Many of those who have been rehabilitated are reunited with their families and resume a normal life. Anytime you shop or donate to our Family Stores, you are helping someone have a new start to their life.

Clayton is one of our amazing True Stories of Recovery. His story was featured at The Salvation Army’s 2015 Doing The Most Good Luncheon. Read his story here:

Clayton working at The Salvation ArmyClayton

“I was completely broken. No hope, despair, you name it. I was fighting a long term drug addiction of alcohol, opiates and crack cocaine …. I basically lost everything. I lost the place I was staying … my job and my car, and the mother of my child left me.”

Clayton was homeless and living out of a crack house when he heard about the Salvation Army. Clayton knew the Salvation Army as the folks who “stand out front of Walmart and ring bells at Christmas time.” He soon learned that The Salvation Army does that and so much more.

When Clayton first walked into our Adult Rehabilitation Center, he met a young man who would become his bible study partner. What began as the two of them quickly grew into a weekly small group of men studying the word … and reading the Purpose Driven Life.

For Clayton, God’s word made the difference.

Clayton has been living at the ARC for 16 months. He is actively involved in a local church and works for the Salvation Army. He hopes to soon be reunited full time with his wife and daughter.

Through the program Clayton says he has “learned how to be a father, to commit to things, to be a man of my word. I get to be the father that my father never was.”

He says, “I’d like to give back that hope that was given to me … when I see people on the street corner I can tell them I know what they’re going through and there is a place that can help.”

How can you help? Call 1-800-SA-TRUCK (728-7825) to make a donation today. Or visit anyone of our four Austin locations to donate or shop:

4216 S. Congress Avenue, 78745

8801 B Research Boulevard, 78758

601 W. Louis Henna Boulevard, Round Rock, 78728

13530 N Hwy 183, 78750

Store Hours are M-T-Th-F 10-7 and Wed. & Sat. 10-8

*Click here for more information on our Rehabilitation Program and to read more True Stories of Recovery: http://satruck.org/national-rehabilitation

Shop at our Family Store today!

Dianna Thomas and Colonel Gonzalez - DTMG Award

Doing the Most Good Award

 

Dianna Thomas and Colonel Henry Gonzalez

Dianna Thomas and Colonel Henry Gonzalez

The Salvation Army Austin gave its quarterly Doing The Most Good Award last Thursday, June 12, 2015. The recipient of this award was Dianna Thomas.

Dianna Thomas has been with The Salvation Army for 11 wonderful years. She works at The Austin Shelter for Women and Children, operated by The Salvation Army. Performing her job well is important to Dianna. She is hard working and committed to the mission of the Army. Dianna is supportive, dependable, and always willing to help others.

She has spent countless hours sorting donations and organizing, cleaning and maintaining the clothing closet. Dianna knows the clothing closet is an important piece of how we serve those in our shelters, providing them a pleasant place to find clothing. When the department was understaffed Dianna filled in wherever needed, which included covering three different shifts in the same week.

Despite working so many hours, Dianna continued to serve clients with dignity and kindness. She volunteers to work Thanksgiving AND Christmas every year so her co-workers can spend time with family.

She enjoys serving all individuals in need…both human and animal…She spends her own money to buy food for the shelter mascot, a local cat named Blackjack.

For all of these reasons, we are proud to present Dianna Thomas as our Doing the Most Good Award recipient. Congratulations to you Dianna! We are truly blessed to have you with us.

Clothing Closet - Austin Shelter for Women and Children

Clothing Closet – Austin Shelter for Women and Children

 

River Rising on KXAN featuring Salvation Army Relief Efforts

River Rising – KXAN Special Report and Salvation Army Flood Relief Efforts

If you missed the KXAN “River Rising” Special, watch it here to learn more about one of the most historic weather events to hit Texas and how you can help your neighbors in need through The Salvation Army. http://story.kxan.com/river-rising/

An in-depth look at the historical Memorial Weekend flood in Central Texas, including discussions with victims, a scientific explanation of how it happened from the KXAN weather team, and an investigative look at how to keep a similar level of destruction from happening again.

River Rising features Salvation Army flood relief efforts and invites the community to make a donation to support these efforts.

Salvation Army Flood Relief Efforts in Central Texas

The Salvation Army has been supporting flood relief efforts in San Marcos and Wimberley for fifteen consecutive days, providing meals, drinks and emotional support to first responders and survivors. See our flood relief press releases here for more details.

The Salvation Army staff and volunteers have served 20,097 meals, 32,893 drinks, 24,992 snacks, 2,418 comfort kits, 996 clean up kits and emotional support to survivors of the Texas Floods. Our multiple mobile feeding kitchens (canteens), allowed The Salvation Army staff and volunteers to deliver meals into a number of hard-hit neighborhoods. In addition, we provided hygiene kits and diapers for flood survivors.

A laundry unit was deployed into Wimberley, Texas, giving flood survivors the welcome opportunity to wash their clothes. Our furry friends were not forgotten. Even cat food and dog food was provided to pets in need.

Learn more at the How to Help or Get Help blog post.

These efforts are possible through the monetary donations of generous and concerned citizens in our communities who want to help. 100% of all donations to support the flood are allocated to this disaster relief effort.

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The Salvation Army has now transitioned into long-term support as we work with other disaster response agencies to determine how best to support the ongoing flood recovery which we know will take a long time. Salvation Army locations in these local communities will continue providing care with compassion to those in need.

The Salvation Army coordinates with local and State Emergency Management and with Volunteers Active in Disaster (VOAD) to serve first responders and survivors affected by the devastating flooding in Central Texas.

You can count on The Salvation Army to do the most good with your money.

Click here to make your secure donation to help families devastated by the floods.

Donations in the form of checks designated to Texas Storm Relief may also be mailed to: The Salvation Army PO Box 1000 Austin, Texas, 78767

Or

Text “TXFLOODS” to 51555 to donate. Message and data rates may apply.

Every dollar counts. The Salvation Army thanks you for your support of the Texas Flood disaster relief efforts.

Emergency Exercise Disaster Drill Mock Plane Crash with Randy O'Dell

Local Volunteers Take the Wheel for The Salvation Army

Salvation Army Williamson County canteen - flood relief efforts

Williamson County Canteen Key Part of Flood Relief Efforts in San Marcos and Wimberley

Austin, Texas (June 1 , 2015) – The Salvation Army mobile kitchen from Williamson County (Austin Area Command) is currently serving in San Marcos, Texas, a community working to recover from the destruction caused by record flooding. This unit may look like any other Salvation Army canteen; however it is unique in the fact that it is operated year-round by a committed team of volunteers.

Randy O’Dell, a resident of Williamson County, heads up the volunteer team and has been the driving force behind this partnership. “I had been giving to The Salvation Army for many years and decided to get involved about three years ago. I wanted to expand my service outside of my own church and look at the bigger picture,” explains Randy. “I like that they are a Christian organization and have always admired all the good that is done by The Salvation Army.”

The Williamson County volunteer team was on the scene serving first responders and survivors Sunday morning and has continued to serve in San Marcos and Wimberley at the Red Cross shelter and in flooded neighborhoods. On Monday, June 1, the team served meals, snacks and drinks in several areas of San Marcos bringing sustenance and relief to many people working on their homes.

The Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in San Marcos was open on Monday and The Salvation Army from San Antonio provided food, drinks, and encouragement to those seeking assistance. Service at this location is expected to continue through Wednesday.

The Salvation Army laundry unit, located at 100 Carney Lane in Wimberley (78676), continues to provide the opportunity for people to wash their clothes and belongings. Additional emergency assistance has been provided to affected residents along with case management by The Salvation Army at the Wimberley MARC.

The statistics below present a snapshot of ongoing Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service efforts across the state of Texas:

  • 28,720 Meals
  • 44,119 Drinks
  • 15,380 Snacks
  • 11 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens)
  • 102 Persons Sheltered
  • Emotional & Spiritual Care to 716 individuals
  • 908 cleanup kits
  • 454 comfort kits
  • 4,339 hours of employee and volunteer service

Financial donations are the best way to support the ongoing relief operation. In-kind donations require sorting, boxing, palletizing, storage, and delivery to the disaster location. All of these activities can be costly and time consuming, and therefore may delay service delivery. Cash donations allow The Salvation Army to purchase product to quickly and efficiently meet the most urgent needs of disaster victims. Where possible, the purchases are made near the disaster site to stimulate the local economy and ensure quicker delivery.

Individuals can make a financial donation in support of The Salvation Army flood relief efforts:

  • By phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Online at http://salar.my/floods
  • By texting TXFLOODS to 51555 (message and data rates may apply)
    Text HELP for help. Text STOP to unsubscribe.
  • By mail to The Salvation Army, PO Box 1000, Austin, TX 78767. Please note “Texas Flood Relief” on your check.

If you are interested in learning more about The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in Texas, or to become a local disaster volunteer, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

For the most up-to-date emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army flood relief, please visit: http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/austin/news/and follow latest updates on Twitter twitter.com/SalArmyAustin and Facebook at facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin.

CONTACT: Jan Gunter, Communications and Community Relations Director, Cell: 512.944-0572;  Jan_Gunter@uss.salvationarmy.org

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services:
“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

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 126 years in the Austin area. Locally more than 400,000 people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to stability. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson Counties. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyTexas.org/AUSTIN). Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, and Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin.

Salvation Army Texas Laundry Unit

Salvation Army Laundry Unit Deployed to Wimberley

Salvation Army Texas Laundry Unit

Meal Delivery and Distribution of Supplies for Survivors Continues

Austin, Texas (May 30, 2015) – The Salvation Army has deployed a laundry unit to Wimberley, Texas, giving flood survivors the welcome opportunity to wash their clothes. Emergency disaster services volunteers and staff continue to provide hot meals, cold drinks and much-needed hygiene supplies and food boxes to residents cleaning up from flooding.

The laundry unit is located at 100 Carney Lane in Wimberley (78676) and is a totally self-contained facility with its own electrical generator and on board water tank. The unit is air-conditioned with three washers and three dryers allowing people to wash clothes as often as needed. The Salvation Army furnishes all of the necessary supplies, and a monitor is on the scene, helping to maintain the unit and provide assistance.

The Williamson County mobile kitchen, operated year-round entirely by volunteers, provided roving meal delivery service in Wimberley on Friday. The San Marcos Activity Center, located at 501 E. Hopkins, was very busy on Friday as The Salvation Army served meals to 1,588 and 3,973 drinks to flood survivors. Two mobile kitchens from the San Antonio Area Command provided service, with one of the units roving through the worst affected areas serving lunch.

The community has rallied to the support of their neighbors donating many basic necessities including diapers, wipes, toilet paper and hygiene items. The Salvation Army organized and distributed these items, as well as food boxes to families and even took care of four legged family members, by having much requested dog and cat food available.

The Salvation Army staff will be offering assistance at the Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) in the following communities:

Wimberley MARC – Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Rd 12, Wimberley, Texas – Open 5/29/15-5/30/15 (8AM-8PM)
San Marcos MARC – St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Claretian Hall, 624 East Hopkins St., San Marcos, Texas – Open 5/31/15-6/1/15 (8AM-8PM)

Elsewhere in Texas, The Salvation Army provided drinks and snacks to people caught in flash flooding in Dallas and Houston after persistent, heavy rain. Meal service continued in Henderson by the Tyler Corps canteen.

Emotional and spiritual support is an integral part of Salvation Army disaster response. Salvation Army Officers (ordained pastors) and trained staff are available to listen to the often tragic experiences of disaster survivors and to provide prayer and counseling.

Please support the ongoing disaster work of The Salvation Army and help Texans affected by recent floods by making a financial donation at salar.my/floods by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by texting TXFLOODS to 51555 (message and data rates may apply) Text HELP for help. Text STOP to unsubscribe.

If you are interested in learning more about The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in Texas, or to become a local disaster volunteer, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
For the most up-to-date emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army flood relief, please visit: http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/austin/news/and follow latest updates on Twitter twitter.com/SalArmyAustin and Facebook at facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin.

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services:
“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

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 126 years in the Austin area. Locally more than 400,000 people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to stability. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson Counties. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyTexas.org/AUSTIN). Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, and Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin.

ruined furniture in mobile home yard in San Marcos

Stories from San Marcos, Texas

ruined furniture in mobile home yard in San Marcos
Austin, Texas (May 29, 2015) – The scene in front of The Red Cross Shelter at the San Marcos Activity Center at 501 E. Hopkins on Thursday was a sea of volunteers wearing red Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services t-shirts. Salvation Army mobile kitchens (canteens), trailers and vans pulled up to the curb, one after another, bringing food, beverages and supplies to provide to the flood survivors.

In an effort to reach many of the people who need help the most, The Salvation Army mobile kitchen drove into areas of San Marcos that received the worst flooding. Residents who have lived through the devastating floods, and are now desperately cleaning up their homes, have been so grateful to receive meals, snacks and drinks from the Army. In many instances those served have been quick to share their stories and experiences.

James was in the process of stripping his mobile home as The Salvation Army canteen came by. The curb outside was lined with damaged furniture, soaked carpet and padding, and ruined mattresses. This heartbreaking image was repeated throughout the entire community. “There’s so little that I can save. I’ve torn out all of the carpet and even the insulation in the walls was ruined,” he said. “The water came so fast there was nothing we could do. In no time at all it had risen above the steps and was at the front door. I ended up with about nine inches of water inside the house. What am I supposed to do? Everything is ruined.”

A Salvation Army staff member ate lunch with nine year old Dwayne in the park adjacent to where the mobile kitchen parked. “I didn’t have to go to school today,” he said. “I stayed home to help my Mom clean up.” Dwayne explained that the water flooded his bedroom but that his three younger siblings and Mom were all ok. “It’s good that you guys are here and this is a pretty good sandwich,” he said, “but I don’t know if I’m going to finish the Oreos. They sometimes give me a tummy ache.”

Jan Gunter, Communications Director for The Salvation Army in Austin, accompanied the mobile kitchen on Thursday. ‘My drive through a flooded neighborhood in Martindale delivering hot meals and cold water gave me a real sense of perspective. A woman was helping her 70 year-old parents, one of whom is on dialysis, clean up their house. Two women were optimistic about cleaning their friend’s couch because ‘only the skirt was under water.’ One woman said her elderly mother almost drowned. A veteran was thrilled that the VA had written him a check for $1,000, and he wanted all the veterans to know so they could get help also. Every yard had piles of flooded, ruined furniture. I got more than one hug from people saying a heartfelt, passionate, ‘Thank you’ which I certainly didn’t feel I deserved.”

The Salvation Army San Marcos Service Center, Austin Area Command and San Antonio Area Command staff will be offering assistance at the Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) in the following communities:
Wimberley MARC – Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Rd 12, Wimberley, Texas – Open 5/29/15-5/30/15 (8AM-8PM)
San Marcos MARC – St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Claretian Hall,
624 East Hopkins St., San Marcos, Texas – Open 5/31/15-6/1/15 (8AM-8PM)

The Austin Area Command delivered 144 pairs of work gloves, 40 pairs of safety glasses, 2,000 vinyl gloves, and 4,000 masks to aid the clean-up in Wimberley and San Marcos.

Please support the ongoing disaster work of The Salvation Army and help Central Texans affected by recent floods by making a financial donation at salar.my/floods by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by texting TXFLOODS to 51555 (message and data rates may apply).

If you are interested in learning more about The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in Texas, or to become a local disaster volunteer, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

For the most up-to-date emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army flood relief, please visit: http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/austin/news/and follow latest updates on Twitter twitter.com/SalArmyAustin and Facebook at facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin.

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services:
“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

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 126 years in the Austin area. Locally more than 400,000 people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to stability. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson Counties. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyTexas.org/AUSTIN). Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, and Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin.

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Canteen in Austin

How to Help or Get Help with Flood Relief in Austin and San Marcos

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Canteen in Austin

See  June 9 River Rising Blog post here.

Read June 1 press release for latest news.

How We Are Helping

Following the recent storms and devastating flooding, The Salvation Army is providing meals, drinks, snacks and emotional support to first responders and survivors in San Marcos. In addition, The Salvation Army has provided cleaning kits to families as they work to recover from the mud and destruction.

The Salvation Army has provided 20,097 meals, 32,893 drinks, 24,992 snacks, 2,418 comfort kits, 996 clean up kits and countless moments of emotional support.

Working with Volunteers Active in Disaster (VOAD), The Salvation Army is coordinating efforts and responding to the changing needs of our communities. We are prepared to continue serving food and drinks and supporting people in their recovery for as long as needed.

Read our latest updates on our News page (press releases) and our Blog.

How to Help

The quickest, easiest and most efficient way to help today is to donate funds

  • Financial contributions are the best way to assist The Salvation Army with helping those affected by the flooding.  Monetary donations allow the Salvation Army to purchase product to meet the most urgent needs. Monetary donations can be made at , by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or by mailing a check designated “Texas Flood Relief” to PO Box 1000, Austin, TX, 78767.
  • You may also text TXFLOODS to 51555 (message and data rates may apply).
  • Donors are reminded that 100% of donations made to Salvation Army disaster relief efforts will go to this disaster relief effort.

■ $10 feeds a disaster survivor for one day
■ $30 provides one food box, containing staple
foods for a family of four
■ $100 can serve snacks and drinks for 125
survivors and emergency personnel
■ $250 can provide one hot meal to 100 people
■ $1,000 keeps a Salvation Army canteen fully
operational for a full-day

How to Get Help

If you have been personally impacted by the flooding, please call 2-1-1 to find the resources that are available to help you recover.

*We are providing the following information for those needing help but ask that you not call The Salvation Army for details as we do not have any further information.

Donation Distribution for those needing assistance:

*Hays County

Flood survivors are asked to go to the Bridges Gym at Wimberley High School located at 100 Carney Lane to receive donated clothing, bedding/mattresses, towels, hygiene products, diapers, basic needs, and food kits.  Showers are available. The distribution center is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Please visit this website for more information: http://haysinformed.com/

*Austin Disaster Relief Network
Disaster Assistance
Next to the San Marcos Activity Center (a tent has been set up)
625 E. Hopkins Drive
Need to stop in there to get a wrist band to obtain clothing, shoes, baby items, etc. from the Hope Family Thrift Store located in Austin. They can get the wristband at this location only.

How to Donate Goods

The Salvation Army is NOT able to accept clothing or other donated items.

Those interested in making a Corporate donation should contact Kate Jauch at The Salvation Army, (214) 956-6215.

Financial donations are greatly appreciated and will help support the ongoing relief efforts. All goods donated at Salvation Army Family Stores will be sold to fund the Adult Rehabilitation Center, a free faith-based recovery program.

To donate in-kind goods (clothing, food, etc.)

Hays County Disaster Center
200 Springtown Way (old Target store)
San Marcos, TX
9 am – 5 pm – Monday – Saturday

Austin Disaster Relief Network
1905 S. Capitol of Texas Hwy 78746
9 am to 9 pm Monday – Saturday
2 – 9 PM – Sunday

Volunteer

To learn how you can be trained to volunteer during a disaster, visit http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/.

Visit the Volunteer page of our website to check for all available volunteer activities which may become available.

Texas First Lady Cecelia Abbott visits Salvation Army Austin

First Lady Cecilia Abbott Lends Her Support to The Salvation Army

Texas First Lady Cecelia Abbott visits Salvation Army Austin

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott stopped by this week to lend her support to The Salvation Army and the work we do year round and especially now during our disaster relief efforts. Lt. Colonels Henry and Dorris Gonzalez received a generous donation from her and presented her with a commemorative Texas 125th Anniversary book and the Austin annual report.

Texas First Lady Cecelia Abbott visits Salvation Army Austin

 

The staff gathered to meet Mrs. Abbott who shared with us her gratitude for all the work of The Salvation Army in Austin and around the great State of Texas. We were honored to be able to have a casual visit with the very authentic Mrs. Abbott and her team.

Thank you for your support of The Salvation Army USA, Mrs. Abbott!

Texas First Lady Cecelia Abbott visits Salvation Army Austin Texas First Lady Cecelia Abbott visits Salvation Army Austin

Texas First Lady Cecelia Abbott visits Salvation Army Austin