Austin, Texas (May 27, 2015) – After record flooding in Central Texas, residents of San Marcos and Austin have begun the arduous work of cleaning up their homes and communities. To support this effort The Salvation Army on Tuesday delivered 200 clean up kits along with 120 food boxes and 1,200 hygiene kits for distribution to those affected by the floods in San Marcos.
The Salvation Army mobile kitchens, deployed from Austin and San Antonio, served meals, snacks, and hydration throughout the day to people visiting the Red Cross Shelter in San Marcos. Food was also delivered by pickup truck to areas of the city that experienced some of the worst flooding. Staff and volunteers offered sandwiches, snacks and drinks to homeowners working to salvage their belongings from their soaked homes.
John and Cassie attended college in San Marcos and now live and work in the area although neither of their places of employment were open for business on Tuesday due to the flooding. They live in an upstairs apartment and watched in horror as the water levels rose over the weekend and flooded their downstairs neighbors’ homes.
“We wanted to help wherever we could and drove around until we saw The Salvation Army set up here at the Activity Center,” said Cassie. “We asked if they needed any help and have been working here most of the day.” The couple provided valuable extra support to The Salvation Army mobile kitchen staff. “Our cars were flooded but otherwise we were lucky not to be affected by the flood and it feels good to be able to help our neighbors in San Marcus,” added John. “Thanks to The Salvation Army for all they are doing.”
In Austin, The Salvation Army emergency shelters for those experiencing homelessness, which are open 365 days a year, took in additional women who arrived at the shelter in recent nights because of the torrential rains. The Salvation Army is working with Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) to assess the needs in Austin, and the Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) canteen is on standby to provide food, hydration and emotional support as needed to Austin neighborhoods impacted by the Memorial Day flood.
The Service Extension program is one of the great strengths of the Texas Division of The Salvation Army, boasting more than 250 Service Units and nine Service Centers in communities across the state. Service Extension staff is carefully monitoring the situation in Wimberley, Gillespie County, Blanco County, and Lampasas County. Case Management and Emergency Assistance will be coordinated by the San Marcos Service Center.
The current Salvation Army disaster response in Texas began on April 26 and has now continued for 31 days. So far, service has included:
Nine Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens)
96 Persons Sheltered
Emotional & Spiritual Care to 449 individuals
638 cleanup kits
172 comfort kits
2,963 hours of employee and volunteer service
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 disaster relief. To make a financial donation to support ongoing Salvation Army flood and tornado relief efforts in the region, 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.
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.
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.
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.