Valentine’s Day at The Salvation Army of Abilene, Texas

Look what our Abilene location did for Valentine’s Day! Looks like fun!

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The Salvation Army Assisting Wildfire Survivors and Responders in West Texas

Dallas, TX – Several Salvation Army units continue to provide support to firefighters and other first responders working to contain wildfires across West Texas. The Texas Forest Service is reporting that more than 200,000 acres have been destroyed by the fires that have spread quickly due to the combination of the extremely dry ground and gusting wind.
On Monday, April 11, two Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens), manned by Officers, staff and volunteers from Lubbock and Abilene, again reported to the city of Guthrie, 90 miles East of Lubbock. About 350 miles to the South, three Canteens from El Paso, Big Spring and Odessa assisted firefighters in Fort Davis, where 40 to 50 homes have been destroyed and widespread electricity outages have been reported after numerous power poles burned.

Captain Michael Morton, The Salvation Army Incident Commander for West Texas, reported that meals were served in both locations throughout the day. “On Monday, The Salvation Army served 300 people breakfast, 635 lunch, and 523 dinner. In addition, 525 individuals received drinks and 457 snacks were distributed. The Salvation Army will continue to provide assistance to those working to contain the wildfires, and the residents who have been affected, as long as we are needed.”

The Disaster Canteen and staff from Odessa will return to Fort Davis on Tuesday morning and expect to serve lunch and dinner to 125 people, with primary responsibility being for survivors of the wildfires, as opposed to responders.

Monetary donations to support The Salvation Army Texas Wildfire Relief can be made by mail to P.O. Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at www.salvationarmytexas.org
For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

For more information please contact:

Philip Burn, Sr.
Director of Public & Media Relations
Texas Division
(214) 418-9536 (Cell)
(214) 956-6243 (Office)

Back To School

Needy students receive school supplies from The Salvation Army

Brand-new pencils, colorful erasers, pristine notebooks—even new uniforms, backpacks, and shoes: These are the things that delight most Texas schoolchildren about returning to school. But for those children whose families can’t afford their back-to-school supplies, the start of a new year can be an uncomfortable experience.

“Everyone notices when your shoes have holes and when the teacher has to give you pencils and stuff,” one youngster tells us.

The list of required school supplies seems to be ever growing and can be a real financial concern for families, particularly those with multiple school-age children. For example, a Kindergartener is expected to arrive on the first day with a backpack, pencils, crayons, glue sticks, an eraser, a box of tissues, broad-tip markers, a pair of scissors, pencil case, and a spiral bound notebook. A student entering the 12th Grade needs almost 30 items including binders, a scientific calculator, geometry set, pocket dictionary, a thesaurus, highlighter pens, and a stapler, to name but a few.

Salvation Army locations throughout Texas are “Doing the Most Good” by coming alongside families to help furnish these essential school supplies. A snapshot of assistance provided includes Salvation Army locations in Borger (40 children), Killeen (325), Freeport (200), Lufkin (1,000), and Big Spring (350).

Partners of The Salvation Army are also stepping up to the plate to provide back-to-school assistance. On Tuesday, Aug. 10, more than 12,000 students in need will have the opportunity to visit Target stores nationwide and purchase must-have supplies as part of the Target School Spree. Each child, selected by The Salvation Army, will be awarded an $80 Target Gift Card to purchase much-needed back-to-school supplies. Target awarded all 40 of The Salvation Army divisions nationwide a total of $960,000 worth of Target Gift Cards for the shopping sprees. Nearly 500 Target stores will participate in the one-day Target School Spree event in select regions across the country. All participants will be given a reusable Target shopping bag and be paired with a volunteer chaperone for their fun day of back-to-school shopping.

New shoes are another great need for the start of the school, and, thanks to the generosity of contributors to the Amarillo Globe News Empty Stocking Fund, the Amarillo Salvation Army anticipates providing shoe vouchers to 800 young people. Similar programs are in place in Abilene, where the Abilene Board of Realtors partner with The Salvation Army to provide more than 700 new pairs of shoes, and in Austin, the third annual Georgetown “Shoe-In,” which is underwritten by donors, expects to distribute 1,000 pairs of new tennis shoes.

Salvation Army locations throughout Texas will be delighted to accept your donations of school supplies. For more information about The Salvation Army please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org, call1-800-SAL-ARMY, or contact your local Salvation Army Corps.