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The Salvation Army Continues to Support Flood Survivors and First Responders

Volunteer, Cindy Wells, gives her spare pair of sandals to a Texas State student who lost everything in the Blanco River flood

Salvation Army Volunteer, Cindy Wells, gives her spare pair of sandals to a Texas State student who lost everything – including her shoes – in the Blanco River flood

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.

Please follow us at twitter.com/SalArmyAustin, and facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin for additional information.

Financial donations can be made in the following ways to support The Salvation Army’s regional response to Central Texas flooding:
ON-LINE: www.salvationarmyaustin.org
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.

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Salvation Army Austin Responds to Historic Flooding in Hays County

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Mobile Feeding Unit Providing Food and Hydration for People Sheltering in San Marcos

AUSTIN, TX (May 24, 2015) – The Salvation Army mobile feeding unit (canteen) from Williamson County (Austin Area Command) is providing food and hydration for more than 300 survivors seeking shelter at the San Marcos recreation center. The Salvation Army is coordinating with Local and State Emergency Management to serve first responders and survivors affected by the devastating flooding along the Blanco River.

Lt. Colonel Henry Gonzalez, Area Commander for The Salvation Army Austin states, “”The flood devastation along the Blanco River has impacted thousands of Central Texans. The Salvation Army is honored to serve and to provide sustenance to survivors and first responders involved in caring for survivors and coordinating efforts. We will stay as long as we are needed to provide not only food and drink but also emotional and spiritual support.”

All Salvation Army units across the State of Texas continue to be on standby as flooding and storm damage continues throughout the region. Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available. Please follow us at twitter.com/SalArmyAustin, twitter.com/SalArmyTexas, and facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin for additional information.

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized:

• Donors are encouraged to give online to support Texas storm relief at SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyTexas.org/AUSTIN).
• 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
• Donors are reminded that when you donate to The Salvation Army for a disaster, 100% of those donations go toward that disaster.

Your donation makes a real difference.

• A $50 donation feeds five disaster survivors for one day
• A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
• A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
• A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

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 responds to storms in Texas with food, hydration and emotional support

Local Salvation Army Disaster Services Team on Standby

Salvation Army responds to storms in Texas with food, hydration and emotional support

Volunteer Team in Williamson County Prepares to Respond to Emergency Needs in Texas

AUSTIN, TX (May 22, 2015) – As storms continue to threaten the region and flood and weather warnings are in place for the Memorial Day weekend, The Salvation Army Austin Area Command disaster response team and mobile feeding unit (canteen) out of Williamson County is officially on standby to provide support to those impacted by storms across the State of Texas. The State Operations Center in Austin continues to be in operation and Salvation Army liaisons are available to coordinate with other state agencies and voluntary agencies in multiple response efforts.

The local disaster services team is preparing by stocking up on nonperishable food supplies in the canteen operated by volunteers in Williamson County. Once they receive a call to deploy, they are prepared to depart within one hour to any location within the state of Texas or farther if needed. They will provide meals, hydration and emotional support to first responders and survivors.

Across the State of Texas The Salvation Army is providing care in an increasing number of flooded and storm-damaged locations including Van, Mineral Wells, Bridgeport, Runaway Bay, Corpus Christi, Wichita Falls and Gainesville. See more information about the Texas response at this link.

To make a financial donation to support The Salvation Army flood and tornado relief efforts in Texas please go to http://tsatx.org/floodandtornadorelief. Whenever you donate to The Salvation Army disaster relief effort, 100% of your donations go to support that disaster.

You can support the work of The Salvation Army in Travis and Williamson Counties by making a donation or by volunteering. Please visit SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org, call (512) 634-5902, or mail your donation to PO Box 1000, Austin, Texas 78767. Please follow us at Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin., and Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin for additional information.

Contact: Communications and Community Relations Director,  Jan Gunter, Direct: 512.634.5910 Cell: 512.944-0572

 

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. Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, and Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin.

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“By The Grace of God We Are Still Standing” North Texas Storms Continue

5/22/2015

For Immediate Release

                              Contact: Philip Burn, Communications Director: (214) 956-6243


disasterrelease Christina Lopez and her family were at home on Tuesday evening, close to Bridgeport, Texas, when they received an emergency warning about a rapidly approaching tornado. The family left their mobile home and huddled together in a truck under a large tree as moments later the tornado tore through their small community.

“We were bouncing all over the place in the truck,” said Mrs. Lopez. “I was helpless as I watched the tornado rip my house apart. There was nothing I could do about it.” The Salvation Army mobile kitchen from Dallas Fort Worth Area Command provided lunch, snacks and drinks to Mrs. Lopez and her family on Thursday as they worked tirelessly to sort through the wreckage of five homes that were destroyed. When asked if the family would like some bibles in addition to the food she responded, “Absolutely! We’ll take them. It’s only by the grace of God that we are still standing.”

Dangerous storms continue to move through the North Texas area and are forecast to remain through the weekend. Flooding is a major concern throughout the state and all Salvation Army Disaster Response Units are on standby preparing to assist local areas, and beyond if necessary.

Wichita Falls and Gainsville are major areas of concern this evening with record flooding expected. A mandatory evacuation was put in place for approximately 150 homes in Wichita Falls as area power was switched off on Thursday morning. The Salvation Army has been activated as an emergency shelter and will also be feeding those affected in the community at the Point of Distribution Center with the assistance of the mobile kitchen from San Angelo. The Salvation Army of Sherman is on standby for deployment to Gainsville.

Wednesday and Thursday also saw continued Salvation Army meal service in Van, Mineral Wells, Bridgeport, Runaway Bay, and Corpus Christi.

To make a financial donation to support The Salvation Army flood and tornado relief efforts please go to http://tsatx.org/floodandtornadorelief

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 in Texas, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyTXEDS and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyTXEDS.

 

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.

 

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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Children from the Austin Shelter for Women and Children, operated by The Salvation Army, attend summer camp

The Salvation Army Is Sending Children Experiencing Homelessness or Poverty to Summer Camp

 

Children from the Austin Shelter for Women and Children, operated by The Salvation Army, attend summer camp

Children from the Austin Shelter for Women and Children, operated by The Salvation Army, attend summer camp

Local Individuals, Companies and Organizations are asked to Support this Effort

AUSTIN, TX (May 19, 2015) – More than 125 local children ages 5 through 16 who are experiencing homelessness or poverty will attend summer camp starting June 15. Many of these children are living in Salvation Army Austin emergency shelters, and some are living at home but because of financial constraints would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend summer camp. Camp is important for every child, and it is especially important for these children who are facing great challenges. The Salvation Army is asking for the help of individuals, companies, churches and organizations to raise $135,000 to cover the cost of camp fees, transportation, staffing and supplies to give these children the gift of summer camp.

“As you can imagine, going to camp is a big deal to local kids who are living in shelters or in poverty,” says Stacy Schwarz, Assistant Social Services Director. “It’s one gift The Salvation Army of Austin can offer them while their parents are busy each day working, studying or training to improve their employment.”

Summer camp provides stability and structure in the midst of chaotic times for these children. Activities include team building, swimming and swimming lessons, exploring the great outdoors, playing sports and games, studying nature and wildlife, talent shows and lots more! Day camps for children living in shelter, and overnight camps for children from The Salvation Army service center run from June 15 through August 21.

In addition to providing wholesome and nurturing activities, sending these children to camp means that their parents can continue to work to provide for the family. While parents are working, going to school and taking necessary steps toward self-sufficiency and stability, they have the confidence of knowing that their children are being well cared for through these camping experiences.

The Salvation Army is inviting the community to help these local families by donating online at SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyTexas.org/Austin), to help reach the $135,000 fundraising goal. In addition to paying for camp registration, staffing and transportation, the funds will go to purchase basic supplies such as swimsuits, shorts, sunscreen and all the small items children need to attend camp since these children may not have much more than the clothes on their back. To learn more about the camp drive, visit http://bit.ly/CampForKids.

The deadline for donations is June 15. Should you wish to donate by mail, please mark your check “Summer Camp” and send it to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1000, Austin, TX, 78767. For online giving: SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org.

CONTACT: Jan Gunter, Communications and Community Relations Director, Direct: 512.634.5910 Cell: 512.944.0572

 

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The Salvation Army of Austin Ready for Storm Response

 

Volunteer, Randy O'Dell leads the Salvation Army Austin disaster services canteen and volunteer team

AUSTIN, TX (May 11, 2015) – Even as storms continue to threaten the region, The Salvation Army Austin Area Command has a disaster response team and mobile feeding unit (canteen) ready to respond should they be needed. The State Operations Center in Austin has been activated and a Salvation Army Liaison is at the center and available to coordinate with other State Agencies and Voluntary Agencies in multiple response efforts.

Across the State of Texas The Salvation Army is providing care in multiple locations which have sustained damage due to tornadoes and flooding in the last several days.

You can support the work of The Salvation Army in Travis and Williamson Counties by making a donation or by volunteering. Please visit SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org, call (512) 634-5902, or mail your donation to PO Box 1000, Austin, Texas 78767. Please follow us at Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin., and Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin for additional information.

 

The Salvation Army Response Across the State of Texas

5/11/2015
For Immediate Release
Contact:  Philip Burn, Communications Director: (214) 956-6243

The Salvation Army Provides Critical Services to Multiple Communities in North Texas Following Severe Weather

Dallas, TX (May 11, 2015) – After a weekend of damaging weather in North Texas, including tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, high winds and flash flooding, The Salvation Army is providing assistance in several communities and stands ready to respond across the state. The State Operations Center in Austin has been activated and a Salvation Army Liaison has been available to coordinate with other State Agencies and Voluntary Agencies in multiple response efforts.

Sunday, May 10, saw response from Salvation Army disaster teams in Abilene, Corsicana, and Tyler. The Abilene Corps was called to provide assistance in Cisco, Texas by the local emergency management agency at 9:00 AM. Staff provided emotional and spiritual care, meals, hydration and snacks to first responders and survivors. The disaster canteen (mobile kitchen) remained on the scene on Monday morning and will stay as long as necessary.

In Corsicana, The Salvation Army was requested to open an emergency shelter by the local Fire Chief at 10:00 PM. The Corsicana Corps provided shelter, snacks and emotional and spiritual care for 16 people following extensive flooding in the area and remain on stand by for this evening. “We opened up the Fellowship Hall as a shelter after receiving the call to help,” said Sgt. Toby Romack, Corps Officer in Corsicana. “There were a number of stranded motorists who had been caught on flooded roads and several other people who were flooded out of their homes and had nowhere else to go. The Salvation Army is here to provide help to those in our community when they need us most.”

A tornado struck the East Texas city of Van late on Sunday evening destroying several homes and forcing some residents to evacuate due to a gas leak. The Salvation Army in nearby Tyler has activated its mobile kitchen and is providing support to first responders and survivors in Van.

With the continued threat of severe weather forecast for the upcoming week The Salvation Army remains on standby and ready to respond where needed.

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 in Texas, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyTXEDS and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyTXEDS.

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. Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, and Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin.

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The Salvation Army “Doing the Most Good” Luncheon Raises More than $190,000

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Lt. Colonels Henry and Dorris Gonzalez pose with Grammy-award-winning luncheon entertainer Michael W. Smith and event co-chairs Sherry McGillicuddy and Regan Morton along with Regan’s daughter, Samantha.

 

April 30, 2015

Jan Gunter,
Communications and Community Relations Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Direct: 512.634.5910 Cell: 512.944-0572

Local celebrity Emcee Bob Cole and Grammy Award winning Musician Michael W. Smith Lead Crowd of 500 in Supporting Neediest in Area

AUSTIN, TX (April 29, 2015) – From the crisp and genuine opening by Texas Hall of Fame’s Bob Cole to the final number by Grammy award-winning performer, Michael W. Smith – who left the crowd wanting more – The Salvation Army “Doing the Most Good” Luncheon, underwritten by the Cain Foundation, was a crowd pleaser. More than 500 supporters filled the Hyatt Regency Zilker Ballroom April 24, enjoyed music from the world-renowned Harbor Light Choir and The Salvation Army Texas Divisional Band, heard compelling client stories and raised more than $190,000 – a 23% increase over last year’s luncheon – to support programs that provide basic needs services in Travis and Williamson Counties.

Event chairs, Sherry McGillicuddy and daughter, Regan Morton, highlighted the high demand for services and invited attendees to “open the eyes of their hearts” to the needs of those in our community. Emcee Cole pointed to the reality that donations raised locally support local needs and noted that there were 367 women and children on the call-back list for shelter at the time of the luncheon, underscoring the growing need for funding and support from the Austin area community.

The lunch crowd was moved by two local recipients of Salvation Army services. Tarrytown United Methodist Church Pastor, Rev. Bobbi Kaye Jones shared Kimberly B.’s dramatic story. Kimberly lost one of her two jobs which caused her to get behind on rent and quickly led to eviction for her and her three children. That’s when she came to The Salvation Army Austin Shelter for Women and Children. Kimberly and her children received the hope and support they needed to eventually get back into a place of their own. Today Kimberly works as a security guard and pursues her culinary arts degree from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy and her children have laughter in their lives again. Kimberly dreams of having her own restaurant where one day a week she will serve those experiencing homelessness.

Bob Cole of KOKE FM shared the story of Clayton S. who found himself on the doorsteps of The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) when his addictions had become too much for him to bear. He was broken, homeless and in despair, and through the free rehabilitation program supported 100% by Salvation Army Family Store sales, 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.”

“We are honored to have the generous support of many leaders in the Austin community,” reflected Lt. Colonel Henry Gonzalez, The Salvation Army Austin Area Commander. “For 126 years we have been meeting human needs in the Austin area through the generosity of our local supporters. This support is helping us build a foundation for the future as we work hard to keep up with the growing needs of the most vulnerable people in Travis and Williamson Counties.”

Luncheon Photos

As they arrived at the luncheon, supporters were entertained with live music from The Harbor Light Choir from Houston and then from the Salvation Army Texas Divisional Band which included a number of local musicians. Michael W. Smith’s piano-playing and singing delighted the guests, as many people had come specifically to hear him perform songs such as “Open the Eyes of My Heart” and “Place in This World” which he dedicated to the two Salvation Army clients who were in attendance and whose stories were shared at the luncheon. Those at the Meet and Greet prior to the luncheon were also able to snap a keepsake photo with him. (See luncheon photos here: http://bit.ly/DTMGPhotos2015).

You Can Support the Work of The Salvation Army

You can support the work of The Salvation Army in Travis and Williamson Counties by making a donation or by volunteering. Please visit SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org, call (512) 634-5902, or mail your donation to PO Box 1000, Austin, Texas 78767.

 

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The Salvation Army Responds to Devastating Earthquake in Nepal

Pray for Nepal - Salvation Army Relief Efforts

April 27, 2015 – 12:40 PM EDT

Lora Marini Baker
lora.marini.baker@usw.salvationarmy.org
(206) 310-5708
Alexandria, VA (April 26, 2015)- The Salvation Army is mobilizing emergency response personnel and supplies after a devastating 7.8-magnitude Earthquake in Nepal that flattened homes and buildings, causing widespread damage across the region and killing more than 2,000 people.

“We are initiating a response to meet basic, urgent needs with shelter, food, water, and other necessary relief items. We ask supporters to please pray for the people of Nepal,” said Lieutenant Colonel William Mockabee, Director of The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO).

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“Donations from the generous public will help provide basic necessities that survivors desperately need right now,” said Lt. Colonel Ron Busroe, The Salvation Army’s National Community Relations and Development Secretary. “But the effects of this tragedy will be felt for months – even years. We know that emotional and spiritual counseling is equally important for survivors to deal with the gravity of the situation.”

Monetary donations are the most critical need for survivors. The Salvation Army has set up a designated fund where 100 percent of gifts go to relief efforts in Nepal. There are three ways to donate to the fund:

1. Online at: salar.my/Nepal
2. By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
3. By mail: Send your check marked “Nepal Earthquake” to Salvation Army World Service Office, 615 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314

At this time, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public for disaster relief operations in Nepal. It is more efficient for disaster relief agencies to purchase needed resources locally, for immediate distribution with the disaster area. The best way for U.S. donors to help earthquake survivors is to make a cash donation.

Media Contact (Northwest):
Lora Marini Baker, The Salvation Army
206.217.1280 office / 206.310.5708 cell
Lora.Marini.Baker@usw.salvationarmy.org

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Doing the Most Good Luncheon 2015 Photos

Here are just a few of the many photos taken by Licarione Photography at the 2015 Doing the Most Good Luncheon. If you would like a print quality version of a photo, please email Jan Gunter at Jan.Gunter@uss.salvationarmy.org, and she will be happy to send you what you need.

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EZCORP volunteer works alongside Lt. Colonel Dorris Gonzalez, Associate Area Commander of Salvation Army Austin

EZCORP Volunteers Provide Shelter Facelift

More than 150 volunteers from EZCORP came to The Salvation Army Downtown Shelter March 26-27 to provide a much-needed facelift to three spaces in the shelter: the learning center, laundry room and Safe Sleep Program area. In addition to the volunteer efforts, EZCORP donated $16,000 in supplies including new flooring, paint, furniture and computers. See photo gallery below for some “before” photos, some volunteers in action and some “after” photos.

The Salvation Army is grateful for the dedicated work of these EZCORP volunteers for taking time to brighten this heavily used shelter. The newly updated spaces provide a cheery welcome to more than 242 people who call this shelter “home” each night of the year.

Click here to see the full press release of this fantastic project.

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