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20 Years of Volunteering and Giving Back

Image of Betty Chandler Salvation Army VolunteerThe Salvation Army Angel Tree Program has a special place in Betty Chandler’s heart. Her love of the program began in 1994 when Major Rolan Chambless, responsible for the work of the Army in Greater Houston at the time, asked her to investigate having an Angel Tree at The Woodlands Mall in Conroe.

For the first few years, Betty and her husband Cal worked the Angel Tree alone. Now, twenty years later, every volunteer slot is filled and Betty continues to man the Angel Tree each day at the mall.

Betty’s first experience of The Salvation Army came when she was a young girl living in Big Spring, Texas. Her father passed away when she was only seven and her mother struggled to make ends meet and provide for her daughter. At the age of eleven her mother fell ill and a neighbor took them to The Salvation Army to see if they could get some help. The Army was able to pay some bills and rent which eased the burden on the family until her mother’s health improved.

She remembers going to speak with the Officer and offering to pay back the assistance they had received, but she would need to do it in installments. To this day she remembers his response, “We can’t take it back. We gave it in the Name of Jesus.”

Through the committed service of Betty Chandler, and volunteers like her, The Salvation Army is able to provide the gift of Christmas to families in need in communities throughout Texas.


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The Salvation Army in Central Texas Responding to Memorial Weekend Floods


For Immediate Release

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

Dallas, Texas (May 25, 2015) – Following intense Memorial weekend storms record flooding has devastated areas of Central Texas. The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services teams are working closely with local partners to provide assistance to individuals who have been displaced from their homes.

An estimated 1,000 homes have been flooded in Hays County, Texas, where the Blanco River at San Marcos crested at just over 43 feet, rising an incredible 31 feet in the space of 24 hours. The mobile kitchen from The Salvation Army Austin Area Command, in coordination with the San Marcos Service Center, provided meals at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins Street, on Monday. More than 1,000 meals have been served over the last two days. Four pallets of water will be delivered by The Salvation Army at the request of the City of Blanco.

Emergency shelters previously activated to accommodate flood evacuees have now closed in Corpus Christi and Wichita Falls as flood levels recede. The Salvation Army mobile kitchens from San Angelo, DFW Area Command, Big Spring, and Midland provided 852 meals, 1969 beverages and 96 snacks on Sunday in Wichita Falls.

In Houston, The Salvation Army continues to assist at the American Red Cross Shelter (Lone Star Community Center, 2500 Lone Star Parkway, Montgomery, TX 77356) serving 146 meals, 301 beverages and 98 snacks on Sunday.

As statewide response continues The Salvation Army is appealing for financial donations to help support relief efforts. To make a donation please go to htttp://

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:

For the most up-to-date emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army in Texas, please visit: and follow latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyTXEDS and Facebook at


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 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

February 5, 2010




Statewide Flooding Prompts Increased Salvation Army Response in Texas


For Immediate Release

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

Dallas, Texas (May 23, 2015) – Record flooding in several Texas locations has seen increased statewide response from The Salvation Army.

In Wichita Falls the flood level crested at 21.3 feet on Saturday and with more rain anticipated water levels may reach as high as 27 feet. On Friday The Salvation Army provided 189 meals and shelter to 39 individuals who have been evacuated from their homes. Manpower and equipment have been deployed from Salvation Army locations in San Angelo, DFW Area Command, Big Spring and Midland.

“The Salvation Army will have five mobile kitchens in the city feeding our neighbors by the end of the day,” said Captain David Swyers, Wichita Falls Commanding Officer. “The two canteens already responding with meals, snacks, and emotional and spiritual care are being met with great gratitude. As the waters rise The Salvation Army will be here to serve the needs of the community.”

In Central and South Texas disaster response units from the Austin Area Command and New Braunfels are providing additional support to area shelters, as are the Laredo team in Crystal City and Cotulla along the border. The mobile kitchen from Corpus Christi has been operational since Wednesday, May 13, after widespread flooding and continues to serve the affected communities of Banquette, Agua Dulce, and San Diego.

Meanwhile, support following recent tornadoes continues with the Tyler Corps serving in Van Zandt and Smith counties. Volunteers and staff from Texas Service Extension Region’s 2 and 3 are working with survivors providing Case Work and Emergency Assistance in Van Zandt, Eastland and Johnson Counties.

Salvation Army response is expected to continue for the foreseeable future as flood levels rise swelled by persistent rain in Texas. To make a financial donation to support The Salvation Army flood and tornado relief efforts please go to

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:

For the most up-to-date emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army in Texas, please visit: and follow latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyTXEDS and Facebook at

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 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

February 5, 2010


Major Don Wildish Recounts Ministering In Unusual Places

Major Don Wildish

Moore, OK (June 15, 2013)—“We’ve had some very unusual ministries and frankly, we’re just looking for the ministries wherever we travel,” says Major Don Wildish, an officer with The Salvation Army in Sherman, Texas.

Wildish’s 2-week deployment to Oklahoma has been anything but usual, if there is such a thing.

He arrived on May 31, 2013, with an assignment to offer Emotional and Spiritual Care to those affected by the tornado that touched down in Moore 11 days earlier. The first night in town he and a few others headed out for dinner, but shortly after arriving the tornado sirens began to blare.

“The restaurant invited us to take shelter, but there was no way I was going to take shelter in a place where there was big hot stoves and sharp knives,” Wildish recalls.

So without knowing his way around town, Wildish drove toward the one thing he could see – bright blue skies above the airport.

“But then the skies turned dark and we had to go a different way. We ran from one tornado only to run into another one,” he says.

With the skies turning overhead, Wildish and his group took cover at the next place they saw, a hotel outside of the airport. The staff inside was in the process of asking guests to come down from their rooms and occupy the first floor.

“We gathered into the bathroom and stuffed as many people into the men’s restroom as we could – both women and men. I had an opportunity to have a word of prayer with them and let them know the Lord was with us.”

The storm brewing outside left her mark; the National Weather Service has since marked it as the ‘widest known tornado in U.S. history,’ stretching 2.6 miles at its widest point. With two massive storms less than two weeks apart, Wildish certainly had his work as an Emotional and Spiritual Care volunteer cut out for him.

A few days later he decided to go into Moore.

“I wanted to see if there was any movement. I wanted to see if there was anyone I could serve. When I got into the middle of destruction, a place where there was nothing left at all, I found a woman, an older woman, working outside to trim her hedges. I asked her if she needed help, and she said, ‘Well, there’s a few spots up there that are too high for me to reach’.”

Wildish took the clippers from her and began to trim her hedges. As he finished the area she asked if he could help with a few other spots on the other side.

“Once I finished the second area she told me that we needed to move the clippings to the curb,” he recounts.

“Well we have to take it to the curb,” she explained, “That’s where the collectors come to pick up the trash.”

Wildish looked at the devastation around, but recognized what it meant for this woman to be able to take care of the one thing left standing among all of her belongings.

“…so we climbed over a few piles of debris, in order to place the hedge clippings in a spot where the collector would find them.”

When Major Wildish finished the task he asked the woman if she needed additional help.

“No, I’m just gonna go back and sweep my porch; it needs sweeping,” she answered.

“You’re right,” he said back to her. “It does need sweeping.”

Major Wildish asked the woman if he could pray with her and then was on his way.

Throughout the rest of the day he had other chances to serve.

“My ministry has taken me to places where I don’t even know where I’m at. In Union City, going towards El Reno, we would stop and I would just give a drink and some snacks to the men working on the electrical lines and the other crews that were just working to free up traffic.

Later I found a family who needed help loading a box spring and a mattress into their new home.

Another time we found a house where power lines were down. I could not get to the house. We stood out in front and I yelled, ‘If there’s anyone inside, please step out,’ and a moment later a couple came to the door. I couldn’t get to them, and they couldn’t get to me, because the power lines were down in between us. But we were able to toss them a dozen drinks over the power line into their yard. We got them a large plastic bag of snacks and threw it over the power line too.”

Major Wildish says his assignment is simple, and he’s honored by the chance he has to serve.

“We’ve been in some real peculiar situations out there, but it’s my roll just to bring some comfort, bring some strength to those in need.”

The Salvation Army Calls In Reinforcements From Casper

Colorado Springs, CO (June 13, 2013 7:00 pm)—The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services team from Casper, WY arrived on site providing food and hydration to the Colorado Springs Police Department as they assist in the Black Forest Fire. The five member team spent close to two hours trapped in gridlock traffic during the 30 mile stretch between Larkspur and Colorado Springs, CO.

The Casper disaster response personnel drove 350 miles in a Salvation Army mobile feeding unit in response to a request for additional relief reinforcements.

This top-notch team is often called to serve outside their local area and was even invited to provide relief for the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation during a wildfire that erupted last summer. On their last day of service, the team received a rare honor by the tribe’s chief— an arrowhead from the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

The Casper Emergency Disaster Services team joins current volunteer teams from Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and the Denver Metro area on site helping in the following fires:


Black Forest Fire

  • Disaster response personnel are providing food, hydration and other assistance at the Palmer Ridge High School shelter, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the Falcon Colorado Springs Police Substation.
  • Fort Collins disaster response personnel provided 725 meals and 600 additional food items to evacuees located at the Elbert County Fairgrounds today. The team will feed the remaining evacuees and 135 Boy Scouts dinner this evening and breakfast tomorrow morning.


Klinkus Fire

Today, The Salvation Army provided lunch for 45 first responders fighting the Klinkus Fire in La Veta, CO.


Royal Gorge Fire

  • The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services teams are on standby to aid as necessary in the Royal Gorge Fire near Canon City.
  • The Salvation Army would like to thank partners who allow us to continue providing relief to those affected by the Colorado Fires. Today, King Soopers locations began collecting funds to support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts. The stores will place collection bins at registers and invite customers to give. Additionally, US Foods in coordination with Hickory House Restaurant has donated meals and other food items provided at the Elbert County Fairgrounds.


The Salvation Army uses 100% of your disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations. Monetary donations help us meet the immediate needs of first responders and evacuees. To give, visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Fires.”

In-kind donations are not currently being accepted outside the disaster area. However, these gifts are vitally important to your local Salvation Army. To give items locally, visit or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

Salvation Army Sets Fundraising Record During 120th Red Kettle Campaign With Help from American Donors

$147.6 Million Raised as Salvation Army Fundraiser Reaches Young Philanthropists

Alexandria, VA (January 30, 2012) – The Salvation Army raised $147.6 million through the 2011 Red Kettle Campaign, marking a new fundraising record for the campaign. The new record, a 3.4 percent increase from 2010, highlights the support of American donors who gave generously despite a continued slow economy. In its 120th year, after beginning on the wharf in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has become a Christmas tradition that utilizes volunteers to ring bells at 25,000 red kettles across the country. In 2011, The Salvation Army expanded on the Campaign by incorporating new technologies at kettles and hosting national events to inspire giving.

“In troubling times, we are truly grateful for the generosity of the American donor to support the traditions of the campaign and help The Salvation Army carry on its Mission,” said Commissioner William Roberts, National Commander of The Salvation Army. “We have been working to expand the Red Kettle Campaign to reach new and young donors, and with continued support, we are able to meet human need in His name during the winter months and year round.”

In keeping with tradition, the Dallas Cowboys helped The Salvation Army launch the campaign by hosting the 15th annual National Red Kettle Campaign Kickoff at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Grammy Award winning, international superstar Enrique Iglesias performed LIVE, with special guest Pitbull, on a nationally televised stage on Thanksgiving Day, singing to more than 31 million Americans. The nationally televised kickoff and the promotion surrounding it, is a reminder to all Americans about the importance of giving to the red kettles during the holidays and throughout the year.

The Salvation Army, in partnership with Sky Blue Group, Swift Entertainment and Universal Studios CityWalk, also hosted the second annual “Rock the Red Kettle Concert” on December 17 to encourage young Americans to support charitable causes. With host Mario Lopez of “Extra,” popular, Grammy-winning and platinum-selling recording artists such as Honor Society, Greyson Chance, Hanson, Colbie Caillat, Cody Simpson, and Drake Bell performed at Universal Studios CityWalk’s state-of-the-art “5 Towers” concert venue in Hollywood. World-renowned actor and recording artist Robert Davi made a guest appearance at the concert, following the release of his re-imagined version of the Christmas classic, “Mistletoe and Holly.” Proceeds from the song’s sales supported the Red Kettle Campaign.

Salvation Army bell-ringers manned red kettles at store fronts and in shopping malls nationwide. Corporate partners Walmart and Sam’s Club, who have been a partner with the Army for nearly 30 years, hosted kettles at store and club locations to collect $41.5 million and $5 million respectively, or 32 percent of this year’s total. The Walmart Foundation also made a donation of $1 million to the Army as part of its effort to support hunger relief in America.

“We want to thank our associates, customers and members for their extreme generosity in giving to The Salvation Army during the holiday season,” said Michelle Gilliard, senior director at the Walmart Foundation. “Each dollar raised at Red Kettles in front of our stores and clubs are making an impact in local communities and helping individuals and families live better.”

Sam’s Club and The Salvation Army also partnered with Off the Field, a professional football players’ wives association, to host the fifth annual Dream Drive on December 8. Twenty pre-selected families from The Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family program in 10 cities received $1,000 in gifts, including food, clothes and toys from Sam’s Club for a total donation of $200,000.

More than 2,100 Kroger store locations across the country hosted kettles, raising $13.1 million, or 9 percent of the campaign’s total. Donations at nearly 600 Big Lots stores raised $1.4 million for the campaign at physical Red Kettle total.

“We are ever grateful for the charitable support and compassion of all our corporate partners,” said Commissioner Roberts. “Through their big-heartedness, along with the generosity of the millions of Americans who gave, The Salvation Army is able to continue its work to help those in need.”

To make donating easier for those who only carry credit cards, The Salvation Army partnered with Square, which donated credit card readers for the Army to use in test markets – San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas and New York. Sprint also donated smartphone devices to The Salvation Army to mobilize the credit card application.

Online bell-ringers were also a big part of the Red Kettle Campaign for the seventh year in a row. By visiting The Salvation Army’s Online Red Kettle (, donors could raise money with family, friends and colleagues. The Army raised more than $1.7 million through the Online Red Kettles, up from $1.6 million in 2010. Other online donations in November and December, not through the Online Red Kettle system, totaled $17.6 million, a 28 percent increase over the $13.7 million raised in 2010.

In addition to raising $3.3 million in kettles at more than 600 jcpenney locations, The Salvation Army partnered with jcpenney for the third year to bring Christmas gifts to 63,000 children and seniors as part of the Angel Giving Tree Online at Customers could adopt, shop and ship gifts for people in need through

“Technology is changing the way charities raise money. Whether through a credit card at a kettle or online, we’re making an effort to reach the next generation of donors and make it convenient for people to support the campaign,” said Commissioner Roberts.

In addition, to help raise awareness and support people in need during the campaign at physical kettles, The Salvation Army hosted the inaugural World Record Bell Ringing Contest. Twenty-four volunteer bell ringers set out to surpass a benchmark of 36 hours of continuous ringing of a hand bell at street corners and in front of local partner store fronts. Three bell ringers, Caleb Stokes and Leilan McNally in Indianapolis, IN and Darrell Tureskis in Springfield, IL surpassed the record and rang a bell in support of The Salvation Army for 60 hours straight.

The Red Kettle Campaign, the oldest annual charitable fundraiser of its kind in the United States, helps raise money for those who need it most in communities nationwide – providing toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. From its humble beginnings as a fundraiser started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable outreach efforts in the United States.

In Joplin, Missouri, The Salvation Army’s Work is Just Beginning—Snapshot of Service as of Thursday, June 2, 2011

Joplin, Missouri — On Sunday, May 22nd the deadliest single tornado in the US since the 1950’s struck the
town of Joplin, Missouri. The Salvation Army responded immediately with familiar disaster canteens, meeting
the needs of survivors by providing food, beverages, emotional/spiritual care and other necessities.

Since the 22nd, The Salvation Army has helped thousands in the Joplin area. The Salvation Army has also
helped those in the tornado-stricken towns of Reading, Kansas and Joplin, Missouri.

The scope of the disaster is truly incomprehensible—it requires an equally intense response. While The
Salvation Army certainly cannot meet every need of the survivors, we were among the first to respond, and will
be working in emergency-response-mode in the disaster areas until a sense of normalcy returns, and as long as
the support of our generous donors permit.

Massive work touching individual lives:
With so much help needed, it’s sometimes hard to remember that each number represents a real person
whose life has been turned upside down. The following information represents the combined efforts of
Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services teams responding from five US States in Joplin, as of 5:00 PM
Monday, May 30

• The Salvation Army has served 23,723 hot meals and 7,288 snacks and 22,401 drinks.
• The Salvation Army is one of the organizations participating in the M.A.R.C. (Multi-Agency Resource
. After two days we have assisted 107 families with $9,671 in vouchers.
• The Salvation Army has provided emotional and spiritual care for 557 individuals.
• The Salvation Army has provided 9 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), including units from Springfield,
Kirksville, and Sedalia, Missouri, Pittsburg and Lawrence, Kansas and Tulsa, Oklahoma, Grand Rapids,
Michigan and Chicago, Illinois.
Ten Salvation Army officers (pastors), 25 employees and 146 volunteers have served of 4558.5 hours.

Command, Resource and Distribution Center Locations:
• A mobile command center has been in operation since May 22nd.
• Permanent Salvation Army Facilities are located at 320 E. 8th Street and 2502 S. Main St., Joplin,
• A goods distribution center is in operation at 2502 S. Main St., Joplin, Missouri.
• The Salvation Army is taking part in the M.A.R.C. located at “The Bridge,” on 3405 S. Hammonds
Blvd, Joplin, Missouri 64804.
• A Satellite Communications truck from The Salvation Army’s USA Southern territory is in place and
handling phone, computer and internet communications.

Locations of feeding stations
Feeding operations are taking place at the following locations:
• The Salvation Army Joplin Corps Community Center located at 320 E. 8th Street.
• One canteen is located at the Joplin High School on 20th & Indiana.
• One canteen is also located at the “Oasis Tent” intended to serve as a location for community members
to come together in a sheltered location and receive “One stop service” with food, hydration, spiritual
and emotional care and other basic services. The location is the site of the Joplin thrift store at 2502 S.
Main St.

Mobile Feeding Sites:
Mobile kitchens from the following locations are roving throughout the disaster area, providing—as much
as possible—regularly scheduled routes to offer food and hydration to responders and survivors. The canteen
vehicles providing this service represent nine cities in five states:

• Springfield, Kirksville, and Sedalia, Missouri
• Pittsburg and Lawrence, Kansas
• Tulsa, Oklahoma
• Grand Rapids, Michigan
• Chicago, Illinois

Other Emergency Disaster Services Ongoing in Joplin:
• An Emergency Disaster Services ‘Store’ is now located at the old Joplin thrift store on 7th Street and
opened Thursday morning at 9 a.m. After receiving vouchers from on-site social workers, survivors may
“shop” for items such as clothing, diapers, toiletries, etc.
• The Salvation Army is partnering with HOPE Station to provide hope to the Joplin community. This
will be a 5 week event which will include music, art, food, worship and opportunities for people to share
their stories of hope.

The campaign is set to launch on Friday, and will be held at the Salvation Army’s Oasis off 26th and
Main. Included is a nightly dinner, live music, a kids station with donated toys, guest speakers, and
more. This event will take place nightly until the 4th of July.

Stephanie Tillman, the founder of the Hope Station says this is meant to give relief workers and those
affected by the tornado a place to unwind. “If we push ourselves too hard we’re not going to be of use to anybody. So the biggest gift anybody could give is a place to just exhale and be okay saying I’m alright
pausing for a second, because I know if I just sit still for a minute, I’m going to be ten times better when
I’m done.” Tillman also says feedback from the community is key to making this event a success.

Donations and expenses in the Midland Division:

Joplin, Missouri is located in The Salvation Army’s Midland Division, headquartered, in St. Louis,
Missouri. The Midland Division comprises most of Missouri and Southern Illinois. The Divisional Community
Relations and Development staff for Midland Division reports the following separate fundraising information:

Corporate Donations in Kind
Wal-Mart has donated 36,000 bottles of water for Joplin relief efforts.
Sprint donated 1,500 prepaid cell phones which were distributed to survivors.
• The Charlie Daniels Band is scheduled to play a concert at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri on Saturday
with $5.00 of each ticket sold going to The Salvation Army.
• A Kansas City Advisory Board member secured several generous donations from Sam’s Club including
approximately 8 pallets of Gatorade, plus gloves and shopping carts that will be used at the EDS store.
Sam’s Club also donated one freezer truck and one 45 foot refrigerator truck.
• The Kansas City Chiefs football team held a “Water bottle drive” to collect water for Joplin. They
have collected nearly 200,000 bottles of water to be delivered to Joplin. They will also be sending 100-
120 volunteers on June 24 to assist The Salvation Army with multiple volunteer projects.
Folsom Distributing of Wood River, Illinois will be donating 100+ cases of Gatorade, apple juice,
orange juice and water.
The Loading Dock, a restaurant in Grafton, Illinois, is collecting cases of water in exchange for their
handmade salsa. Part of the donation includes 42 cases from an anonymous Lowe’s employee. Con-way
Freight will pick up the cases of water and deliver to The Salvation Army in Joplin.

Corporate Cash Donations Reported by Midland Division:
Wal-Mart has donated $150,000 in cash for Joplin relief efforts.

Other Major Gifts reported by the Midland Division:

• The Salvation Army in Joplin from local donors Debra and David Humphreys* $500,000.00
• Other Major Gifts Committed (Includes Wal-Mart gift): $165,500.00
Major Gifts Pledged: $12,500.00
• Missouri Foundation for Health $50,000.00
• Mail gifts and credit cards $45,655.00
*no other gifts collected directly in Joplin are considered in this report Total: $778,165.00

Preliminary Types of Aid Reported by the Midland Division for Joplin, Missouri
The Salvation Army is designed to “meet need at the point of need.” We realize that one solution does not
fit every situation. As new needs arise, unique to Joplin, The Salvation Army plans to rise to the challenge of
meeting those needs, as enabled by its generous donors.

Following is a very limited survey of just some of the types of assistance offered by The Salvation Army
during the first few days after the Joplin, Missouri Tornado. Citizens of Joplin can expect more and varied types
of help in the coming weeks and months.

Instances of Financial Assistance Given
Vouchers # Issued
Cleanup / Reconstruction 76
Clothing 229
Energy 0
Furniture 31
Gift Cards / Debit Cards 0
Groceries 446
Housing (Rent / Mortgage) 0
Medical / Funeral 13
Transient Lodging (Hotel) 0
Transportation 207
Other (specify) __utility_ 27
TOTALS: 1,029

Donations from the Kansas and Western Missouri Division

The Kansas and Western Missouri Division (MoKan), headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has played a
large role in the relief efforts for Joplin (as well as tornado relief in Reading, Kansas and Sedalia, Missouri.)
Amanda Waters, The Divisional Director of Community Relations for the MoKan Division reports the
following service and fundraising information separate from the MoKan Division:

MoKan Division EDS Service for Sedalia, Missouri Tornado.

On Wednesday, May 25, a tornado hit Sedalia, Missouri. The Sedalia, Missouri EDS Canteen was already
deployed to Joplin, Missouri. So Kansas City responded to Sedalia. While in Sedalia (for 3 days) the canteen
served a total of 1,451 people.

Corporate Donations:

Scripps Foundation, owners of the local NBC station: $10,000.00

Donations from General Public

NBC Action News Telethon* (for Joplin, Reading and Sedalia): $223,510.00
Credit Card donations: $6,625.00
($5,760.00 for Joplin, $865.00 for “general tornado relief.”)
Text to Donate (90999 number—Was only publicized one day): $4,440.00
Online Donations: $198,733.00
Direct Mail as of 5/27/2011*:
– For Reading, Kansas $1,260.00
– For Joplin, Missouri $25,111.00
– For Reading, Kansas and Joplin, Missouri $12,705.00
– For Sedalia, Missouri $100.00
White Mail*: $219,870.22
*Several donations still to be processed. Total: $703,354.22

How to Help:

Monetary donations:
The best way to help Joplin now is to call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to to
make a donation by credit card. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, PO Box 21787, St. Louis,
Missouri 63109-0787. Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado.” Cell phone users may also text the word
JOPLIN to 80888 to make a $10 donation charged to their cell phone bill (text and/or messaging charges may

Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:
Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods
and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will
be sent to the disaster area. In time of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your
community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please
go to

May 2011 Floods — Fast Facts

Published by Territorial Headquarters,
Communications Bureau
Community Relations & Development Department, Atlanta, Georgia

The Salvation Army responded immediately following major tornado activity in the southern United States, serving the immediate needs of survivors by providing food, beverages, emotional/spiritual care, and other necessities.

As the winds lost their strength, communities throughout the South were left to face yet another disaster: floods. The storms’ rains have pushed southern rivers to historic levels. As cities flood and people are displaced, The Salvation Army will continue to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

The following information represents the Southern Territory’s fifteen states and the District of Columbia.
• The Salvation Army has served 200,000+ hot meals, 456,000+ sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
• The Salvation Army has provided 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), 1 Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day, 1 Shower Unit, and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.
• The Salvation Army has ministered through its Pastoral Care to 9,000+ individuals.
• The Salvation Army has begun helping with emergency Social Services in several locations.
• Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers have served a total of 52,000+ hours.

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The Salvation Army Continues in Disaster Relief Services Including Memphis Where Historically High Mississippi River is Expected to Crest Today

Memphis, TN — May 10 — The Salvation Army has been extremely busy serving throughout the Southeast for over two weeks with back to back disaster relief efforts, including wildfires, tornadoes, and now flooding. “This is the first time since Katrina that The Salvation Army has had all of its divisions of the fifteen Southern United States Territory activated in relief efforts or on stand-by to serve,” states Southern Territory Disaster Director Jeff Jellets. To date the Territory has served 186,301 meals, 436,360 sandwiches, snacks, and drinks and have given pastoral care to 7,997 individuals. Donations raised to date are $1,789,182.00 with 48,698 hours of volunteer and staff time.

Since April 25th, The Salvation Army of Memphis has been meeting with Emergency Management of Shelby County, TN and partnering agencies to meet immediate needs and to determine a long term recovery plan. “The Salvation Army is prepared to serve until we are no longer needed. It is a privilege and our mission to serve and be the hands and feet of Christ to those in need,” states Memphis Area Commander, Major Mark Woodcock. To date, the Memphis Area Command disaster response has provided over 4,000 hot meals and over 10,000 snacks and drinks. At this time, Salvation Army Mobile Feeding Units (canteens) from Memphis and Jackson, TN, and Owensboro, KY are serving in those areas affected by the flooding.

These multiple disasters require additional resources to meet the ever-increasing demands on services. Foremost, we ask for your prayers as we serve in the disaster affected areas.

Media Contact:

Kimberly George
KTN Divisional PIO

Preparing For Mississippi River Flooding

Memphis, TN — May 9, 2011 — The Salvation Army has been busy serving throughout the Southeast, including Tennessee in the aftermath of the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak. This morning, The Salvation Army sent in additional personnel to assist ongoing efforts in the Memphis area as the floodwaters continue to rise. To date, the Memphis Area Command disaster response has provided over 3,600 hot meals and over 10,000 snacks and drinks. At this time, Salvation Army Mobile Feeding Units (canteens) from Memphis, Jackson, TN, and Owensboro, KY serve in those areas affected by the flooding. Major Mark Woodcock, Memphis Area Commander states, “As we continue to assess the needs in the Memphis area, we pray for the best but prepare for the worst.”

These additional disasters require additional resources to meet the ever-increasing demand on services. Foremost, we ask for your prayers as we serve in the affected areas. We also remind you that there are a variety of ways in which you can donate monetarily to the relief effort. Donors can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or visit the Salvation Army Memphis website: . Text to give is also available by texting the word “give” to 80888; a $10 donation will appear on your cell phone bill. Other monetary donations should be sent to The Salvation Army, 696 Jackson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105; please mark them “May Floods.” For additional information please contact Major Mark Woodcock at (901) 299-8235.

Media Contact:
Kimberly George
KTN Divisional PIO

First Tennessee Offers Financial Relief for Communities Impacted by Storms and Flooding

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 9, 2011 — In response to storm and flood damage, First Tennessee Bank is providing relief to people in the bank’s markets through payment and credit assistance options and waived fees. In addition, the First Tennessee Foundation will match donations from the public and employees up to a total of $250,000. First Tennessee is part of the First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE: FHN) family of companies, and the First Tennessee Foundation is sponsored by First Tennessee.

First Tennessee will provide payment assistance and make additional funds available to existing consumer and business credit customers. For new borrowers, the company is offering assistance through new credit availability for auto, real estate and equipment loans. All options are subject to credit approval, and borrowers must be located in areas designated by FEMA as disaster areas. County declarations are updated daily by FEMA, and availability of assistance will be expanded as additional counties are declared disaster areas.

In addition to the extension of credit options, First Tennessee will waive fees from May 8 to May 22 for non-customers on selected First Tennessee ATMs in the impacted areas.

The First Tennessee Foundation will provide up to $250,000 for storm relief by matching public donations made at First Tennessee financial centers and contributions of First Tennessee and FTN Financial employees. Anyone wishing to contribute to the relief efforts can visit any First Tennessee financial center and make a donation to the Red Cross or The Salvation Army. Contributions will be accepted through June 10.

The bank will also donate $1 for every new “like” the First Tennessee Facebook page receives. (

In Shelby County, First Tennessee financial centers will collect items needed at relief shelters. For a list of the requested items, visit

For more information, call 1-866-285-2171 or visit your local First Tennessee financial center.

About First Horizon
The 5,200 employees of First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN) provide financial services through almost 180 First Tennessee Bank locations in and around Tennessee and 18 FTN Financial Group offices in the U.S. and abroad. First Tennessee has the leading combined market deposit share in the counties where it does business and one of the highest customer retention rates of any bank in the country. FTN Financial is a capital markets industry leader in fixed income sales, trading and strategies for institutional clients in the U.S. and abroad. FHN has been recognized as one of the nation’s best employers by AARP and Working Mother magazines. More information is available at

First Horizon Contacts:

Media Relations, Jack Bradley, (901)523-4813
Media Relations, Lizzy Haymond, (901)523-4291

Support Services Continue Due to
Arkansas Flooding

Oklahoma City, OK (May 10, 2011) — The Salvation Army continues to serve responders to the White River flooding and is on alert for other parts of the state as the Mississippi continues its path south.

Prairie County — Des Arc, AR
The Salvation Army is currently providing meals at a fixed feeding site at Gospel Mission Church at 210 Mission Street in Des Arc to community members affected by the flooding. Also, a mobile feeding unit is delivering meals to the National Guard troops in Hazen and the Emergency Operations Center for Prairie County. Much of the surrounding area is only accessible by boat and many homes have been destroyed. In five days, The Salvation Army has served 2,937 meals with the Baptist Ministries Disaster Relief teams joining forces with us on Monday, May 9.

The Central Arkansas Area Command began service on Thursday evening and a crew from Fort Smith, AR arrived on Friday to serve through Monday’s breakfast. On Monday, Lt. Israel Roseno arrived with a crew from Fayetteville, Arkansas to oversee feeding operations.

Randolph County — Pocahontas, AR
In Pocahontas, flood waters are receding. Many are finding out their homes will be condemned to the flooding. However, The Salvation Army will continue to provide assistance to those in need. Food service ended on Sunday, with a total of 4,857 meals served since April 28 when the flooding began. The Salvation Army’s Family Thrift Store will be providing emergency supplies including toiletries, food boxes, and more to flood victims as soon as all of the supplies arrive later in the week. The store is located at 212 E. Everett Street.

Faulkner and Garland Counties – AR:
On Wednesday, May 4 and Friday, May 6, The Salvation Army participated in a One-Day Disaster Assistance Centers where close to nine pallets of food boxes were provided to tornado victims as well as providing emotional and spiritual counseling.

Additionally, Prairie, Pulaski, and Washington Counties also received and distributed close to five pallets of food boxes to flood victims in the affected areas.

Media Contact:

Cindy Fuller

Wreckage is “What We Make of It”

BIRMINGHAM, AL — May 9, 2011 — Marian Loft walked into The Salvation Army distribution warehouse in Birmingham this afternoon with nothing. Like so many others, Marian lost all of her possessions in the tornado that hit the Birmingham area on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Her house suffered a direct hit leaving behind splintered pieces of what was once a happy home. Marian, thrown 50 yards from her house, was lucky to be alive.

“It was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever witnessed,” Marian said.

Marian was taken in by family members, who she has been staying with since the tornado hit. She heard about The Salvation Army’s relief efforts from friends who were helped by The Salvation Army in the days after the tornado.

Walking through the aisles of donated food, water, cleaning supplies, clothing, toys and pet supplies, Marian faced the unthinkable challenge of deciding what items she needed most in order to start her life again from scratch.

Marian said she has always loved The Salvation Army and was thankful for the help she received. She plans to let everyone know that The Salvation Army is offering help to those who are in need.

Of her lost possessions and home, Marian said, “Wreckage in life is what we make of it. It can either kill you or teach you to overcome something tough.”

Media Contact:

Melody Paton
Community Relations Director
The Salvation Army Lubbock
(806) 787-6609 cell

Salvation Army Feeding Services Wind Down as Distribution Centers Ramp Up

Jackson, Miss. (May 9, 2011) — As the response to Alabama and Mississippi tornadoes moves towards its second week, The Salvation Army has begun transitioning to intermediate recovery and distribution of limited disaster assistance.

Currently, EDS personnel are providing food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual care to storm victims in Alabama and Mississippi. Over 157,900 meals have been served to date including 5,388 on Monday. Additional resources, such as clean-up kits, are being distributed. To date over 6,300 clean up kits have been distributed.

Pastoral care teams have provided emotional and spiritual care to over 8,300 people. Prayers have also been conducted with thousands of others.

As power continues to be restored in many communities, the need for The Salvation Army’s feeding services are diminishing quickly. On Tuesday, only 13 feeding sites will be operated down from a high of 40 just one week ago. Below are the feeding locations for 5/10.

Madison County, AL Huntsville, AL Publix Shopping Center
Jeff Rd/Hwy 53

Calhoun County, AL Anniston, AL Webster’s Chapel Baptist Church
3091 New Liberty Road
Wellington, Alabama

Franklin County, AL Lafayette, LA TBD

Marion County, AL

Monroe County, MS Tupelo, MS DRV-18 Piggly Wiggly
63436 Hwy 25 North, Smithville

Tuscaloosa, AL Panama City, FL DRV-20 American Legion (3800 University Blvd)
Pensacola, FL Holt Baptist Church
3101 Alabama Ave NE, Holt, AL

Jacksonville DRV-20 Forest Lake Baptist Church
107 18th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL

Ft. Lauderdale, FL DRV-20   Crescent Ridge Rd/Keene Drive
Meridian, MS Tuscaloosa Corps (Greensboro/21st Street)

Jefferson County, AL   Tallahassee, FL DRV-20 Pratt City – Scott School
1517 Hiberian Court

West Pasco, FL Pratt City East – Hwy 78 and Cherry

Tampa, FL DRV-20 350 Industrial Drive, B’ham

Dothan, AL DRV-18 North Smithfield (4400 Campbell Lane)

Additionally, The Salvation Army is providing case workers and distribution at multiple sites across the affected areas. Limited distribution of clothing, household items, food boxes, cleaning supplies, and limited financial assistance are available. To date over 56,000 people have received assistance from The Salvation Army.

Below are the 19 distribution sites as of 5/9.


Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211)
Guntersville/Marshall County (1500 Sunset Drive – G’ville Rec Center) Casework ONLY
Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue)
Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rdAve – Thrift Store)
Arab/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Thrift Store)
Anniston/Calhoun County (171 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan)
Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. – Russellville Rec Center)
Jacksonville/Calhoun County (Eagle Point Church, Jax,)
Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building – 114 14thStreet, Decatur)
Fort Payne/Dekalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center)
Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave)
Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store – 207 20thSt, Jasper, Al)
Pisgah/Jackson County (3030 County Road 58 Pisgah)
Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery)
Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center)


Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6thAv South – Social Services)
Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center)
Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop – Thrift Store)

Media Contact:

Mark Jones
ALM Divisional PIO

The Salvation Army’s Disaster Recovery Center Locations for Tuesday, May 10th

Chattanooga, TN — The Salvation Army continues to serve the community by providing emotional, physical, and spiritual support in the communities that have been affected by the recent tornado outbreak.

In Tennessee:

Bradley County, TN — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at the Old Cleveland Bank and Trust Building, 10 Church Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311. Immediate needs can also be met at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy, 3301 Peerless Rd., Cleveland, TN 37312

Hamilton County, TN — The Salvation Army Disaster Recovery Centers are located at The Salvation Army in East Lake, 2140 East 28th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37407 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and in Tiftonia at John A. Patten School, 3202 Kelly’s Ferry Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37419 from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

In Georgia:

Catoosa County, GA — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at 36 Muscogee Trail, Ringgold, GA, 30736 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Walker County, GA — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at Walker County Agriculture Center, 10058 N. Highway 27, Rock Springs, GA 30739 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Media Contact:

Lt. David Costellow
PIO Chattanooga Area Disaster Response
(270) 881-6510

The Salvation Army of Augusta’s Emergency Disaster Team Returns Home

Augusta, GA – May 10, 2011 –The Salvation Army of Greater Augusta announced today that Katie Atkinson, Volunteer and Disaster Services Coordinator, Debra McKenzie, Development Manager, John Gillam, a member of The Salvation Army Corps (the church), and The Salvation Army of Greater Augusta canteen (mobile kitchen) returned to Augusta, GA last night after serving tornado victims for 10 days in northeast Alabama.

During their 10 days in the tornado disaster zone, The Salvation Army of Greater Augusta delegation served 1,000s of meals out of Salvation Army canteens to those scrambling to put their lives back together. The Augusta delegation witnessed not only the devastation of the numerous tornados that struck Alabama, but also the healing process that has begun in the days since the tragedy.

A day by day journal of the Augusta delegation’s experience serving the tornado victims has been placed online for public viewing at:

Also, photos from their 10 days of service are available at:

In addition, on Thursday, May 12, Katie Atkinson and Debra McKenzie will be available to tell their story of hope to the media. To schedule an interview with them and film footage of the canteen they served in, please contact Anthony Esposito, Public Relations Coordinator, at 706-421-3047 or

For more information about The Salvation Army of Greater Augusta, please contact:

Anthony Esposito,
Public Relations Coordinator

The Salvation Army in Georgia Moves from Primary Response to Recovery for Tornado Survivors

NORCROSS, GA (May 10, 2011) — As immediate needs for food, beverages and personal items have been met, The Salvation Army moves from response to recovery in Georgia by helping tornado survivors of April 28 begin the long road of recovery. Throughout the weekend of May 6 – 8, The Salvation Army in Bartow, Floyd, Lamar, Meriwether, Spalding and Troup Counties served:

778 people received meals
1,850 persons were cold beverages
1,084 snacks were given

In coordinating long-term recovery, the Salvation Army through FEMA and GEMA has established Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC). Georgians who live in the following counties and who qualify for tornado recovery assistance may register at these locations:

Bartow County
5450 Hwy 20, Cartersville, GA

Meriwether County
121 Perry Street, Manchester, GA

Catoosa County
36 Muscogee Trail, Ringgold, GA

Pickens County
1266 E. Church St., Jasper, GA

Dade County
71 Case Ave., Trenton, GA

Polk County
55 Cline Ingram Jackson Rd., Cedartown, GA

Floyd County
300 W. 3rd St, Rome, GA

Spalding County
819 Memorial Drive, Griffin, GA

Green and Morgan Counties
1253 College Drive, Madison, GA

Troup County
1220 LaFayette Pkwy., LaGrange, GA
Lamar and Monroe Counties
118 Academy Drive, Barnesville, GA
Walker County
10058 N. Highway 27, Rock Springs, GA

Media Contact:

Valerie Johnson
Director of Public Relations
The Salvation Army Georgia Division


Unimin Corp. in Tuscaloosa Donates Big to Help The Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief Efforts

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (May 09, 2011) — Plant Managers from Unimin Corporation’s locations in Tuscaloosa and Calera met with The Salvation Army today to discuss recovery efforts in Tuscaloosa and west Alabama. Glenn Robertson, Plant Manager in Tuscaloosa, Danny Buffkin, Plant Manager for Southern Lime Co. in Calera, and Majs. David and Cherry Craddock, Corps Officers of The Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa, discussed the 101 year history of The Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa and the long term recovery of tornado victims.

After the meeting, Glenn Robertson presented a check for $25,000 to The Salvation Army on behalf of Unimin and its employees. This gift will go toward tornado relief efforts that help individuals and families affected by the April 27th tornado outbreak.

Unimin is one of North America’s leading producers of non-metallic industrial minerals. The Tuscaloosa operation produces Silica Sand and the Calera plant produces Lime. — The Tuscaloosa Corps facility and local emergency canteen were heavily damaged in the April 27th tornado, rendering the facility and local mobile canteen inoperable. Mobile Incident Command operations at the Tuscaloosa Airport location are working to manage efforts and set up collection and distribution points around the region. Currently, no donations are being accepted at this location as there is a critical lack of storage and distribution resources.

Media Contact:

Shane A. Autrey
Public Information Officer, Tuscaloosa Incident Command
p: (404) 550-2963


The best way to help tornado and flood survivors as well as rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak” or “May 2011 Floods.” Checks may be made out to:

The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
P.O. Box 100339
Atlanta, GA 30384-0339

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Thrift Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

Donation totals:

As of May 9, 2011 $1,789,182 had been raised in support of relief efforts.

The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support.

PIO Contacts:
Mark Jones-Divisional PIO – Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi Cell 601 278-2100

Kimberly George-Divisional PIO – Kentucky, Tennessee Cell: 423-503-1801

Valerie Johnson- Divisional PIO – Georgia Cell: 678-735-0480

Cindy Fuller- Divisional PIO – Arkansas, Oklahoma Cell: 405-830-6549

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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
For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to,, or

For more information please contact:

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

Salvation Army Aids Wildfire Responders Across West Texas

Dallas, TX (April 10, 2011) — Salvation Army locations across West Texas have joined forces to provide aid to the many firemen, policemen, and other first responders of the wildfires spreading rapidly across West Texas. The Salvation Army will continue its efforts to aid responders into next week as needed.

The Salvation Army is on scene in Guthrie where they served snacks and meals to first responders on Friday and Saturday, April 9-10. On Saturday, this crew served 130 lunches and 135 dinners totaling 265 meals provided.

Also on Saturday, April 9, Salvation Army volunteers and staff responded to the wildfire south of Post and served 50 meals to responders.

Salvation Army units in Midland, Big Spring and Odessa have responded by sending 3 Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) each able to supply 2500 meals per day, to support firefighters in the city of Midland. The Salvation Army Disaster Canteen from El Paso will be leaving for Ft. Davis on Monday morning and will be stocked and prepared to stay for several days.

Individuals can aid The Salvation Army’s effort by volunteering with the Disaster Alert Response Team (DART) by calling 806-765-9434. This team of volunteers goes out to the scene of disasters with Salvation Army staff to assist victims and 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

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response efforts, please go to,, or