Dallas, Texas (May 29, 2016) – Intense storms have resulted in damaging tornadoes, heavy rain and yet more flooding affecting numerous communities in Texas over the Memorial weekend. The Salvation Army has mobilized disaster teams to provide relief, basic necessities, and emotional and spiritual care to affected communities.
As of Sunday morning, May 29, 17 counties and multiple cities in Texas were experiencing moderate to major flooding. The Texas Division is currently supporting response operations in Bryan, Conroe and Brenham, and Salvation Army staff is manning the State Operations Center which is at Level 3 – Increased Readiness Conditions. As flood waters rise in the coming 24-48 hours it is expected that additional support and response will be required in the Houston area, in Freeport where 700-800 homes are estimated to be affected, and in several Service Extension Unit areas.
Disaster volunteer Dwayne Walters is the coordinator of The Salvation Army Bryan College Station disaster response team. Dwayne and his wife, Diane, have already been deployed for several weeks since January this year, serving tirelessly during disaster events in Dallas, East Texas, Austin, and El Paso. On Thursday afternoon the Walters’ home town of Bryan was hit by a tornado and around 30 houses were affected along with significant flooding in the city. “By Thursday evening we deployed the Rapid Response Unit and were providing roving assistance in the impacted areas,” said Dwayne. “Our team consists of Advisory Board members, volunteers, and young people from the Corps and it is a privilege to be serving people from our own community. We will be out here as long as these folks need our help.”
In addition to Bryan College Station, the Texas Division is supporting current response efforts in Montgomery and Washington County, providing food, hydration, cleaning supplies, and spiritual care to first responders and residents.
The Salvation Army has been called upon to respond to an unusually high number of disaster events in Texas over the last 12 months, providing more than:
- 91,000 Prepared meals
- 140,500 Drinks
- 84,00 Snacks
- 5,000 Individuals assisted
- 8,850 Clean up kits
- 12,500 Comfort kits
- 3,200 Food boxes
- 13,500 Cases of water
The Emergency Disaster Services team in the Texas Division will be carefully watching the weather in the coming days and several additional units are on stand-by and are prepared to respond if necessary.
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.
Photo via Justin McHeffeyColorado Springs, CO (August 12, 2013)—This past weekend, The Salvation Army provided 955 meals, 800 drinks and 100 snacks to first responders and debris removal volunteers after the Manitou Springs Flash Flood that struck Friday evening.
In addition, The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster services personnel provided meals to flood survivors at The Community Congregational Church where a Red Cross Evacuation Center has been established. The Salvation Army is providing additional relief from its RJ Montgomery Homeless Center located at 709 S. Sierra Madre Avenue to meet needs such as shelter, food and clothing.
This flooding impacted not only residents and small business owners but the vulnerable populations that live in the low-lying areas of Manitou Springs, including 15 homeless men and women who lost all of their possessions in just 48 hours. The Salvation Army is currently working to meet the short-term recovery needs of these individuals and many more.
The Salvation Army El Paso County is always here to support the community and for as long as needed when disaster strikes, providing for the needs of those impacted.
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.salvationarmyusa.org.
Firefighters and residents of Colorado Springs welcomed rain on Sunday that assisted with efforts to combat the area’s Black Forest Fire which has been blazing since June 11. The fire, which has destroyed 14,280 acres and 484 homes, was reported as 65% contained on Sunday.
Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) crews remain on site providing food, hydration and additional assistance to those impacted by this disaster. An EDS team from Casper, WY continues to assist firefighters at the Black Forest Fire Station #1 with food and drinks. Other feeding services such as this continue at the Emergency Operations Center, the Penrose Event Center and the Kit Carson Stables.
With the help of other organizations, The Salvation Army is also providing a wide range of assistance, including emotional and spiritual care, at the Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) located at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd. in Colorado Springs between 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The organization’s disaster services advantage is its size and scope. The Salvation Army can be found serving in most communities even before disaster strikes, which makes mobilizing, serving and providing long-term relief that much more efficient.
Still assisting impacted residents of the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, The Salvation Army is coordinating with various agencies to discuss plans for Black Forest Fire recovery efforts in the months ahead and will continue to serve Coloradans in crisis so long as we are needed.
To donate, please visit www.imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Fires”. Visit The Salvation Army Intermountain Division’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/imsalvationarmy.
Thank you for Rounding Up with JCPenney Cares!
The Salvation Army, Texas Division, received a portion of funds raised as a result of our national partnership with JCPenney. Each month JCPenney Cares supports a new cause, inviting customers to “round up” their purchases to the nearest dollar. This past holiday season The Salvation Army was the designated charity for the month of December.
The Texas Division received an amazing $282,574.45 from the Round Up program! In addition, $2,777.77 was provided to The Salvation Army through the JCPenney holiday button promotion. As a result, five Area Commands (Dallas Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, El Paso) 25 Corps locations and 15 Service Units/Centers benefitted from this national program. Funds go towards funding various programs and services specific to their respective communities.
Colorado Springs, CO (July 7, 2012)—The Salvation Army continues to offer aid to the several hundred individuals affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire, which has been burning West of Colorado Springs since June 23. Three teams of volunteers are assisting to meet the immediate and short-term needs of fire survivors, while also addressing the needs of emergency personnel as they finish fighting the flames and prepare for possible rain-related flooding.
One Salvation Army mobile feeding unit is stationed near the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, offering fresh meals, drinks and aid to both fire evacuees and emergency personnel assisting with fire combat and relief. In addition, this team will serve and assist 150 National Guard members assembling sandbags in preparation of possible flooding that could result from the heavy rain that is due to reach Colorado Springs today. The Salvation Army is also staging teams and supplies in preparation for possible flooding and mudslides that could occur the areas burned by the recent fire.
A second mobile team will roam key neighborhoods where evacuees are now allowed to return, offering cold drinks, snacks, as well as care and assistance to those affected families. Trained Emotional and Spiritual Care volunteers are a part of the team, offering care and counseling as requested by survivors.
Waldo Canyon Fire DRC – 7/6/12
Two friendly Salvation Army volunteers are on hand at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to help meet the needs of those affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, CO.
The Salvation Army is also working in cooperation with El Paso County and multiple non-profit and governmental agencies to offer assistance to all residents impacted by the Waldo Canyon Fire at a designated Disaster Response Center (DRC). Volunteers from the Salvation Army’s Colorado Springs Social Services Department are providing financial assistance, hygiene kits and other items to those individuals who seek assistance at the center. In addition, Salvation Army personnel are assessing other immediate and long-term needs for each family, which The Salvation Army’s Family Services Department can continue to meet after the DRC closes. Over the past four days, roughly 250 families have been assisted at the DRC.
Since June 24, when The Salvation Army began responding to the Waldo Canyon Fire, 16,894 meals, 20,685 snacks and 44,011 bottles of water have been distributed to a mix of fire survivors, first responders, emergency and military teams, FEMA response teams, and utility workers.
As immediate relief transitions into long-term recovery, The Salvation Army is preparing to serve not only those whose homes were damaged in the fire, but also those whose place of employment has been affected by the fire, resulting in an inability to conduct work and even layoffs.
The best way to help fire survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. There are a variety of ways public can support The Salvation Army’s wildfire disaster relief efforts:
• Online: Visit www.imsalvationarmy.org
• Phone: Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY – Designate gift “Disaster Relief” or ”Wildfires”
• Mail: Designate “Disaster Relief” or “Wildfires” on check/money order, mail to:
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
P.O. Box 2369
Denver, CO 80201-2369
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: more information at www.SATruck.com or 1-800-SA-TRUCK.
The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support.
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. For more information, go to www.imsalvationarmy.org.
Thank you to Mayor John Cook from El Paso, TX, for stopping by to help cook and serve lunch at The Salvation Army shelter. Doing the Most Good!
Shoes & Socks Fund
Do I get to keep them Miss?” A pair of hopeful shiny eyes flashing back at me needs an immediate answer. “Of course you do you, sweetheart,” I explain. “These are for you to wear with your new socks the very first day of school.”
Every year for the past four decades, The Salvation Army at Amarillo has provided brand new shoes and socks for thousands of Panhandle children. This year more than 800 kindergarten through twelfth grade young people will get to go back-to-school shopping at Wal-Mart and pick out the shoes they want.
Every year at this time, Frances Powell is honored as the person who commandeered the Amarillo Globe News Foundation’s Empty Stocking Fund to contribute to the local Salvation Army and thus entrust the annual Shoe and Sock Distribution in our care. “Her legacy lives on in the lives of these children,” according to Major Cheryl Grider. “We are privileged to carry on this tremendous tradition.”
“We love our part too in getting these kids ready for school,” says Clint Walker, store manager of Wal-Mart. We have our employees volunteer with the registration process then we dedicate one cash register for two days just for these children and their parents.”
The aisles are alive with the sound of giggling, excited little ones, test driving their new shoes up and down the rows of the store. It’s Christmas in July and a great new start to a great new school year.
Curves, Barbara Oberholtzer owner is conducting a school supply drive with members of Curves in Galveston. A school supply drive was conducted last year and The Salvation Army in Galveston benefitted from the proceeds.
The Salvation Army in El Paso is pleased to announce the results of our annual drive to collect school supplies and clothing for needy children that reside in the emergency family shelter located at 4300 East Paisano, and throughout El Paso. Many people are not aware that we house up to 100 individuals nightly, of which two in three are children.
This year we partnered with Bassett Center, Premiere Cinemas, the El Paso Independent School District, and last but by no means least Immanuel Christian School.
The athletes from the boy’s football team and girl’s volleyball team manned the kettles for us over a three day weekend from Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 14, and collected more than to $2,100. The kettles were set up beside a school bus loaned to us by the El Paso Independent School District located at the west entrance to Bassett Center. School supply donations were also received at the same location in an effort to stuff the bus, in which we received over 2,000 donations.
The donations will be used to help more than 420 children in El Paso to include those residing at The Salvation Army emergency family shelter, children at the Child Crisis Center, Dame La Mano, the two Corps Community Centers operated by The Salvation Army (Citadel and Temple), La Posada and the ladies at Villa Maria.
Premiere Cinemas will continue their fundraising efforts throughout and through Tax Exempt weekend. Individuals wishing to donate school supplies can drop them off at the theater located inside Bassett Center.
For the past thirty years, The San Antonio Area Command has hosted a very popular Back to School event, the “Shoe-In”. Working with the Counseling staff at 270 elementary schools, applications are completed by parents who just cannot make another purchase for their children. The Salvation Army provides 1,800 – 2,000 pairs of shoes to about 1,000 families in one day at the Hope Center. Two hundred fifty volunteers, in three shifts, fit shoes on the feet of these children, encouraging them in a fun and friendly manner. The volunteers assure us that they receive as much a blessing as the children receiving the shoes. Knowing that they have helped make the burden of poverty a little less stressful is the highlight of the year for some of our regular volunteers.
There was a family that consisted of three rambunctious boys, ages 10, 9 and 7, and one sweet, shy 5 year old girl. The volunteer measured the girl’s foot first, and then went to bring back three pair of shoes for her to try on. She shyly indicated that she only wanted to try on the white and pink pair. The volunteer asked if she wouldn’t like to try the others. “No, I like this one”.
The boys were next. They were not nearly as reluctant to try on more shoes. After three and four pairs each, they finally had the shoes they wanted and were ready to go. Once more, the volunteer asked the little girl if she’d like to try on one of the other styles. Again, she shook her head and stood to leave.
Fumbling in her pocket, she pulled out a little bundle of papers and, head downcast, she handed a dollar bill sized paper to the volunteers. As they unfolded the papers, they found crayon colored drawings with her sweetly written note, “Thank you for my new shoes, I never got some before”.
The Salvation Army in Midland distributed school supplies from their Disaster Canteen at a city park on Thursday, August 18th.
The Salvation Army Service Center in Brownwood school supplies to 391 area children in 2010 and hope to be able to provide help to even more children this year, having registered more than 500 young people this year. They rely on local donations from individuals and businesses to support this program.
The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary in Fort Worth donated 100 backpacks containing school supplies for children served by The Salvation Army. Children at the Northside Community Center received backpacks from Corps Officers, Majors John and Linda Queener, after sharing a prayer asking God’s blessing on the backpacks and supplies.
Women’s Auxiliary president, Gloria Walker, was on hand for the backpack distribution.
“I wanted to cry when the children came into the chapel because I just know how special it is for children to have something new, something of their own,” Walker said. “It’s just really rewarding for the Women’s Auxiliary to be a part of that.”
The backpacks and school supplies were purchased through funds raised at the Women’s Auxiliary annual garage sale in March.