AUSTIN, TX (November 6, 2013) –The Salvation Army continues to provide flood relief support in neighborhoods that were flooded last week in Austin. A Salvation Army laundry truck, equipped with three washers and dryers, is available at the Dove Springs Recreation Building for flood victims to wash their muddied clothing as they work to clean up from the devastation of the creek waters. In addition, the Austin Area Command has allocated $25,000 to directly assist flood victims. Full-time Salvation Army staff will be providing case management at the flood command headquarters to determine need and to distribute these funds.
Two Salvation Army canteens (mobile kitchens) will be serving 500 meals to first responders, volunteers and flooded residents each morning from 7:00-9:00 AM in the impacted neighborhoods beginning Friday. These units, each with a capacity to serve up to 2,500 meals per day, have already provided 3,500 snacks, meals, and drinks to those in need.
Volunteers are desperately needed to assist in the relief work. Individuals and groups can sign up for four-hour shifts to monitor the washers and dryers for the coming week. Contact Donna Clendennen to volunteer: Donna_Clendennen@uss.salvationarmy.org.
In addition, The Salvation Army is asking the community for monetary donations to support the disaster relief efforts. 100% of any disaster donation given to The Salvation Army goes directly to helping those who have been affected. Your donations will stay local and help others in Austin.
$10 feeds a disaster survivor for one day
$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
Financial donations can be made in the following ways to support The Salvation Army’s local response to the Central Texas flooding:
MAIL – Send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 1000, Austin, Texas 78767.
TEXT to PLEDGE: Text HELPAUSTINAREA to 41444. Include your name and the amount you want to donate.
The Salvation Army is currently not able to accept donated goods for the Austin area flood disaster relief. Financial donations are greatly appreciated and will help support the ongoing relief efforts.
Contact: Jan Gunter, Communications and Community Relations Director
Direct: 512.634.5910 Cell: 512.944-0572
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.salvationarmyaustin.org.