Disaster Team Ready to Serve in Austin to Meet Needs that Developed from Memorial Day Floods
AUSTIN, TX (May 26, 2015 – Updated at 5:15 p.m.) – As recovery continues following devastating flooding along the Blanco River, Salvation Army staff and volunteers from Austin and San Marcos provided meals, hydration and emotional and spiritual support to first responders and survivors at the emergency shelter in San Marcos and in flooded neighborhoods. The mobile kitchen unit (canteen) distributed 950 meals, 1500 snacks, and more than 1000 coffees and waters Sunday and Monday to grateful residents displaced by the floods.
Meals were provided by The Salvation Army and a number of San Marcos restaurants who donated food and drinks, including Chipotle, Papa Johns, Potbelly, Jimmy Johns, Starbucks, Big Kahuna and Kent Blacks BBQ.
With the addition of historic flooding in Austin on Memorial Day, the Salvation Army Austin canteen has returned from San Marcos to Austin in order to adequately care for the needs that developed in Travis and Williamson counties through these new floods. Salvation Army canteens around the State of Texas have been on standby, and some are now making their way to San Marcos to assist with the recovery there. If needed, additional canteens from around the state will come to Austin to support recovery efforts in Travis and Williamson counties.
At the San Marcos recreation center yesterday, volunteer Cindy Wells selflessly offered her spare pair of shoes to a Texas State student who had lost everything in the flood. Even though the shoes were not an exact fit, the student was thrilled to be able to put them on her bare feet. She walked away, relieved to have shoes on her feet, a gift from this kind volunteer who was old enough to be her grandmother.
The Salvation Army is committed to serving in these communities as long as needed as residents and businesses continue to recover.
Financial donations can be made in the following ways to support The Salvation Army’s regional response to Central Texas flooding:
MAIL – Send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 1000, Austin, Texas 78767
Donors are reminded that when you donate to The Salvation Army for a disaster, 100% of those donations go toward that disaster.
The Salvation Army is not able to accept donated goods for disaster relief. Financial donations are greatly appreciated and will help support the ongoing relief efforts.
CONTACT: Jan Gunter, Communications and Community Relations Director, Cell: 512.944-0572; Jan_Gunter@uss.salvationarmy.org
About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS)
“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.