The Salvation Army of Texas

Partners Provide Support to Salvation Army Response

Dallas, TX (June 8, 2016) – The Salvation Army in Texas continues to provide widespread response following flooding in and around the state, particularly in Brazoria, Fort Bend, and Montgomery Counties.

Eight Salvation Army disaster teams operating mobile kitchens are working around the clock to deliver much needed meals, drinks, cleaning supplies, and encouragement to those affected by flooding. Trained disaster crews have traveled from as far as Plainview, San Angelo, and Austin, to provide support to the work being done by local Salvation Army teams from the Houston area.

“We continue to see conditions improving in most areas of the state but there are still areas of concern along the Brazos River,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director, for The Salvation Army in Texas. “We are monitoring the situation and responding in communities that are just now seeing the water starting to recede.”

Several national and local partners have come forward to provide much needed support to the ongoing response effort. Target has generously donated $100,000 in Target GiftCards to be distributed by The Salvation Army in the hardest hit areas, while Walmart has provided supplies and food in various cities. AmeriCares, an emergency response and global health organization, have donated four truckloads of bottled water, given by Nestlé Waters North America, and comfort kits that have arrived in Southeast Texas for families in need. Mercy Chefs, a Virginia based non-profit, disaster relief organization has deployed their team of professional chefs to feed survivors and first responders. Additionally, local partnerships from companies including H-E-B, Chick-fil-A, and Boys & Girls Club, have provided meals and much needed volunteers.

Brazoria County

The Salvation Army of Freeport is coordinating response efforts with three mobile kitchens, a field kitchen operated by Mercy Chefs, and one Rapid Response Unit (RRU) to provide feeding and hydration to first responders and residents. Distribution of clean-up kits, food boxes and hygiene kits is ongoing and 10 tents were provided for DPS check points.

The Salvation Army is serving meals at the following locations:

  • Angleton ISD Shelter 1800 Downing Angleton
  • Angleton High School 1 Campus Drive
  • Angleton Fire Station, Angleton EOC 111 East Magnolia Street
  • Roaming S of 35 to CR332
  • Brazoria Fairgrounds
  • Roaming 521
  • Red Cross & TSA Shelter CR 332, CR409 and 35

 

The Salvation Army is also providing roving services in the housing subdivisions of Holiday Lakes, W. Columbia and Angleton.

Fort Bend County

The Salvation Army Houston Area Command is operating three mobile feeding units and a RRU and is currently serving in the following locations:

  • 110 Hwy 90ALT, Richmond
  • 1600 Ave D, Rosenberg
  • Rivers Edge
  • Roving various neighborhoods in Richmond and Rosenberg
Montgomery County

The Salvation Army Pasadena Corps continues to respond with food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care as well as distribution of cleaning supplies, hygiene products and household food boxes to those in the Kingwood area.

Hidalgo County

At the request of the City of Mission, The Salvation Army in McAllen has been feeding first responders and residents in neighborhoods damaged by recent storms. This proved to be a community effort as the local H-E-B donated food, snacks and drinks, and even delivered ready-made lunch bags, while volunteers from the Boys & Girls Club helped prepare food in the Corps kitchen and served on the mobile kitchen along with Salvation Army staff and volunteers.

All Salvation Army units across the division have been briefed of the current situation and have been placed on increased readiness.

Total assistance provided since May 28:

Meals                13,805               Clean-up Kits                309

Drinks              12,562               Comfort Kits                303

Snacks              11,408               Tarps                            14

Donations to support the ongoing Salvation Army response efforts can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or online at http://tsatx.org/TX_Floods

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.

The Salvation Army of Texas Disaster Relief

Multiple County Response Ongoing

Dallas, Texas (June 1, 2016) –  The Salvation Army Texas Division continues to support widespread response efforts across Texas due to the recent severe weather providing food and hydration services to first responders and residents as well as distribution of cleaning supplies.

Salvation Army staff is involved in the State Operations Center and in several local Emergency Operations Centers. Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas said, “Coordinating a large scale response of this kind is very challenging particularly as many roads are closed due to rising water. Entire towns are being asked to evacuate but many people do not want to leave their homes. The Salvation Army is committed to helping those affected in what could be a long-term response effort, involving multiple units over a large area.”

After sustained heavy rain that began before the Memorial Day weekend several counties in the state, particularly between Austin and Houston, are facing widespread flooding and the threat of rivers cresting near or above record levels.

Brazoria County

The Salvation Army of Freeport, in preparation for the forecasted flooding, has a team on stand-by to provide food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care. Several cities including Wharton, Rosenberg and Simonton are under mandatory evacuation orders.

In partnership with Mercy Chefs and county emergency management, The Salvation Army has deployed a kitchen to the city of Angleton to support feeding operations in Brazoria County.

300 food boxes, 6 pallets of water and approximately 400 clean up kits have been staged at our facility in Freeport to support response efforts.

Staging of additional staff and other resources is being considered based on forecast.

Brazos County

The Salvation Army of Bryan/College Station has representation at the City of Bryan EOC and continues to provide food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and residents affected by the current severe weather.

Chick-fil-A in Bryan has donated lunch sandwiches in support of the relief efforts and Walmart provided a van load of snacks, drinks, water and tarps.

Fort Bend County

The Salvation Army Houston Area Command is establishing an Incident Command Team at Houston International Corps to respond in Fort Bend County by providing food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care.

Stephens County

The Salvation Army delivered water, at the request of DDC Abilene, to the City of Breckenridge due to their water plant not functioning.

Travis County

The Salvation Army Austin Area Command – the Williamson County volunteer disaster team provided food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and residents in the affected areas of southeast Travis County.

Washington County

Cots, blankets, water and hygiene products have been delivered to the town of Brenham in support of shelter operations.

Brown County

The Salvation Army of Brownwood is prepared to provide food, hydration and emergency shelter in partnership with local emergency management, CERT, American Red Cross and the County Health Department.

All Salvation Army units across the division have been briefed on the current situation and are on stand-by.

Donations to support the ongoing Salvation Army response efforts can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or online at http://tsatx.org/TX_Floods

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.

The Salvation Army of Texas Disaster Unit for Intense Storms

Salvation Army Responds to Memorial Weekend Storms

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.

 

Kroger community rewards program

Shop at Kroger to Support Salvation Army!

Kroger has created the Community Rewards program to help nonprofit groups and faith-based organizations that focus on hunger relief, education, diversity and health and wellness.  Salvation Army units across Texas are already enrolled in the program.

Here’s how you can help your local Salvation Army:

  • Apply for a Kroger Plus card, if you don’t already have one at a local Kroger store.  Visit https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards for more details.
  • Link your Kroger Plus card to a Salvation Army participant number of your choice.
  • Each time you shop at Kroger’s, a portion of your store purchase benefits your selected Salvation Army.

Here’s a list of enrolled Salvation Army units and their participant number:

  • The Salvation Army of Texas City 80406
  • The Salvation Army of Brownwood 80827
  • The Salvation Army of Galveston 80905
  • The Salvation Army of Nacogdoches 82560
  • The Salvation Army of Freeport 82992
  • The Salvation Army of Longview 91341
  • The Salvation Army of Cleburne 91899
  • The Salvation Army of Houston 92012
  • The Salvation Army of Sherman 92926
  • The Salvation Army of Bryan 92980
  • The Salvation Army of Marshall 93594
  • The Salvation Army of Paris 93701
  • The Salvation Army of Granbury 94103
  • The Salvation Army of Palestine 94165
  • The Salvation Army of Huntsville 94707

UPDATE – The Salvation Army Continues Serving Sandy Survivors

Atlanta, GA (February 5, 2012)—During the initial response, The Salvation Army rushed essential services to people affected by Hurricane Sandy. Today, The Salvation Army continues to serve those affected by this tragedy.

• In coordination with volunteer and other partner organizations, The Salvation Army has provided more than 4.6 million meals, snacks, and drinks to thousands of people who sustained tragic loss, as well as for first responders and work crews.

• Overall, The Salvation Army has provided food and water, as well as other items including:

    -Blankets
    -Baby formula
    -Diapers and baby wipes
    -Batteries and flashlights
    -Toothbrushes and toothpaste
    -Gloves and hand warmers
    -Earmuffs
    -Toiletries
    -Shampoo and Conditioner

• 7,500 volunteers have provided more than 24,000 hours of service from serving meals to fulfilling the request for prayers and emotional care.

The Salvation Army is making long range plans for rebuilding and renewal after the storm devastated communities along the New Jersey shore line, New York City, and Long Island this fall.

In New Jersey:

• In December, as communities began to stabilize, The Salvation Army entered a new phase of recovery, supporting survivors and families in the transition to returning home.

• A helpline (1-888-247-0100) was established to enable access of information and assistance to survivors finding themselves in need, some for the first time.

• Hot drinks and snacks, along with emotional/spiritual care, were provided along the Barrier Islands and throughout communities in Ocean County via ATV’s generously donated by Polaris.

• A special holiday assistance application was established for those finding it difficult to make holiday celebrations a reality due to Hurricane Sandy.

• Tuckahoe Nurseries made a very generous donation to The Salvation Army of 400 live Christmas trees for families in impacted areas.

• An Emergency Assistance Center is now open in Hazlet, NJ. Additional centers are planned to open soon providing:

    -Client intake & assessment: volunteers will assess needs based on standardized guidelines for aid, check for FEMA number or proof of address that family lives in affected area

        -Linkage to other agencies and referrals.
        -Large-scale distribution of in-kind donated items ranging from clothing to household goods
        -Cash card financial assistance
        -Food boxes

• Moving toward the next stage of recovery, it is anticipated that there will be a period of addressing long-term and unmet needs. The Salvation Army will work via statewide and local community partners to ensure that safety nets are in place for those continuing to struggle.

In New York:

• Through a partnership among The Salvation Army, NYC Restore (Mayor’s office), National Guard, NYPD, and NYC Service, two million ready-to-eat meals (MREs) and 700,000 bottles of water were distributed over 12 days post-landfall in 17 locations throughout NYC.

• The Salvation Army provided over 40,000 low sodium, vegetarian, and Kosher meals for the evacuees housed in all eight special needs shelters scattered throughout New York City.

• The Salvation Army continues to provide clothing/furniture vouchers, financial assistance, travel cards, emotional & spiritual care, and information and referral services in the NYC Restoration Centers and the Long Island Disaster Assistance Centers.

• Within the impacted zones, Salvation Army facilities are used to assist families and individuals who may or may not qualify for federal assistance. Services include: clothing/furniture vouchers, financial assistance, travel cards, emergency supplies, emotional & spiritual care, and information and referral services. Salvation Army facilities located in the impacted communities include Bay Ridge (Brooklyn), Freeport, Hempstead, & Blue Point (Long Island), and Stapleton (Staten Island).

• The Salvation Army in Greater New York continues to accept, warehouse, and distribute emergency supplies for Hurricane Sandy survivors. Emergency supplies, new clothing, personal hygiene products, clean-up supplies, and home furnishings are being distributed as needed.

• The Salvation Army is part of the Multi-Agency Shelter Transition Task Force led by FEMA. The program involves The Salvation Army and American Red Cross disaster case workers who are working in teams to interview the 2,200 families that remain in shelters and transitional housing (hotels) throughout New York City and Long Island. The teams will ascertain the requirements necessary to relocate these families into longer term housing. In addition to FEMA and American Red Cross funding, The Salvation Army will ‘fill in the gaps’ to ensure that the affected families complete the next step in their recovery plan. The Salvation Army will provide financial assistance to assist with broker fees, security deposits, furniture, household items, and basic living expenses. The program is an interim step before federal case management is established, and it is expected to continue through February 28.

• As part of the long-term recovery, The Salvation Army of Greater New York is planning to partner with Habitat For Humanity International to assist impacted homeowners on Staten Island with their ability to rebuild, repair, and refurbish their homes. In this plan The Salvation Army will facilitate the disaster case management process to identify and assist qualifying beneficiaries while Habitat For Humanity will facilitate the construction process. Both agencies will collaborate to secure home furnishings and major appliances. Similar projects are under consideration for Island Park and Mastic Beach on Long Island. The program will continue throughout 2013.

Nationally:

• The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply warehouses across the United States to enable speedy mobilization.

• There are more than 300 emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United States alone and nearly 600 units nationwide.

• These units are able to serve thousands of meals and drinks per day when operating at full capacity.

• In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:

    -Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
    -Hygiene kits
    -Shower units
    -First-aid supplies
    -Communications support

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need.

• The Salvation Army is extremely gratified for the continued support of the donating public.

• To date, the Army has received more than $20 million to support relief efforts.

• Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

• Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.

• Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In times 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 www.satruck.org.

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

• Corporations, foundations and others interested in donating to The Salvation Army response effort should contact Janella Eccleston at Janella_Eccleston@use.salvationarmy.org or 845-620-7730.

Your donations make a real difference.
    • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
    • A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
    • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
    • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
    • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

The Salvation Army is one of the nation’s largest providers of disaster service and responds to hundreds of disasters across the country each year.

• Hurricane Katrina (August 2005): The Salvation Army provided more than 5.6 million meals to survivors and first responders of Hurricane Katrina, and 2.5 million people were assisted with emergency food, casework, emotional and spiritual care.

• Haitian Earthquake (January 2010): The Salvation Army packaged and delivered more than 10 million meals to Haiti, and more than 27,000 survivors were treated at Salvation Army medical facilities. Additionally, The Salvation Army distributed approximately 8,000 hygiene kits.

• U.S. Tornado Outbreak (April & May 2011): The Salvation Army served nearly one million meals and distributed 50,000 hygiene kits, and more than 10,000 people received emotional and spiritual care.

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 a broad 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.

The Salvation Army – Providing Long Term Service to Sandy Survivors

Atlanta, GA (January 9, 2013)—The Salvation Army continues to meet material, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and families following Hurricane Sandy. Below is a list of services currently in operation in affected communities.

To make a donation to ongoing relief efforts, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

NYC Restoration Centers & Disaster Assistance Centers (DRC) on Long Island
The Salvation Army continues to participate in FEMA assistance centers that are established
to assist all impacted communities. The Salvation Army is providing clothing/furniture vouchers, financial assistance, travel cards, emotional & spiritual care, and information and referral services.
Most FEMA assistance centers are anticipated to close by February 15.

Multi-Agency Shelter Transition Task Force
The FEMA led program involves The Salvation Army and American Red Cross disaster case
workers who will be working in teams to interview the 2,200 families that remain in shelters and
transitional housing (hotels) throughout New York City and Long Island. The teams will ascertain
the requirements necessary to relocate these families into longer term housing. In addition to
FEMA and American Red Cross funding, The Salvation Army will ‘fill in the gaps’ to ensure that
the affected families complete the next step in their recovery plan. The Salvation Army will provide
financial assistance to assist with broker fees, security deposits, furniture, household items, and
basic living expenses. The program is an interim step before federal case management is
established, and it is expected to continue through February 28.

Franklin Shelter Warehouse & Emergency Supply Distribution
The Salvation Army continues to accept, warehouse, and distribute emergency supplies
for Hurricane Sandy survivors. Emergency supplies, new clothing, personal hygiene products,
clean-up supplies, and home furnishings will be distributed as needed throughout 2013.

Salvation Army Corps Community Center Emergency Services
Within the impacted zones, Salvation Army facilities are used to facilitate both families and
individuals who may or may not qualify for federal assistance. Services include: clothing/furniture
vouchers, financial assistance, travel cards, emergency supplies, emotional & spiritual care, and
information and referral services. Salvation Army facilities located in the impacted communities
include Bay Ridge & Bushwick (Brooklyn), Freeport, Hempstead, & Blue Point (Long Island), and
Stapleton (Staten Island). Services will be offered throughout 2013.

The Salvation Army/Habitat For Humanity Repair-Rebuild-Refurbish Program
The Salvation Army and Habitat For Humanity International are partnering on Staten Island to assist impacted homeowners with their ability to rebuild, repair, and refurbish their homes. The Salvation Army will facilitate the disaster case management process to identify and assist qualifying beneficiaries. Habitat For Humanity will facilitate the construction process. Both agencies will collaborate to secure home furnishings and major appliances. Similar projects are under consideration for Island Park and Mastic Beach on Long Island. The program will continue throughout 2013.

Federal Long Term Case Management Program
Catholic Charities is the lead agency to facilitate a federal long term case management program.
Once established, The Salvation Army will participate in the program’s Unmet Needs Round-table
process where specific cases are presented for assistance. The Salvation Army will attempt to
‘fill in the gaps’ and provide a safety net for families and individuals who remain in need with no
other options for assistance. The program will continue throughout 2013.

Mary’s Project Aims To Raise Food And Funds For The Salvation Army Food Pantry

FREEPORT, TEXAS – In mid-August, when Mary Heckler read in her local newspaper that The Salvation Army Food Pantry in Freeport, which helps to feed 160 of her neighbors each month, was running dangerously low on supplies, she decided she had to do something about it.

She reached out to Majors Mario and Maria Maldonado, administrators of the Salvation Army in Freeport, with an idea. “When Mary spoke to me,” recalls Major Maria Maldonado, “she said, ‘I am Mary Heckler. I have a weight problem—I have 200 pounds to lose—and I need some motivation. I decided the only way that I could lose weight was if it helped people.’” And so the idea for Mary’s Project was born.

Mary’s Project is simple enough: Mary asks people to pledge to match each pound of weight she loses by donating a pound of food to one of three charities, including The Salvation Army Food Pantry in Freeport.

“Mary’s Project is a real blessing to us,” Major Maldonado says. “We have been filling record numbers of food requests all summer.” In fact, the number of requests for food assistance The Salvation Army Food Pantry has received so far in 2010 has doubled over last year. The majority of the cases served are first-time clients. “We have seen an increase in requests for assistance across all of our programs and services,” Major Maldonado explains, “not just in our Food Pantry. But we are especially troubled by the lack of basic necessities; too many of our children, seniors, and families are going hungry because there’s just not enough money to cover monthly bills and groceries too.”

The Salvation Army Food Pantry, which is located at 1618 Avenue J in Freeport, operates Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m., year-round and relies heavily on donated food items to meet the community’s increasing need for basic groceries. To stock the Food Pantry, The Salvation Army accepts donations of funds as well as nonperishable food items (pasta, cereal, soups, canned meats and vegetables), breads and baked goods, and baby and hygiene items such as diapers, formula, and wipes.

Mary’s Project officially launched on September 1, 2010, with the creation of a Facebook page. “I have done it! Mary’s Project is up and running,” she writes in an email to Major Maldonado dated that same day. Within six days, Mary gained 49 Facebook supporters and pledges totaling 10 pounds for each pound she loses. Mary has also created a Yahoo Group (http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/marysproject/) and, through that group, has already received a 3-to-1 pledge (three pounds of food will be donated for each pound she loses).

If you would like to support The Salvation Army Food Pantry in Freeport, you can pledge your support through Mary’s Project on Facebook or Yahoo Groups. Direct donations of nonperishable food, canned items, and baby and hygiene items may also be dropped of at 1618 Avenue J, Freeport, Texas 77541, Monday through Friday. Monetary donations may be mailed to: The Salvation Army Food Pantry, 1618 Avenue J, Freeport, Texas 77541.

If you are in need of basic food items from The Salvation Army Food Pantry, please call 979-233-5420 to make an appointment.

The Salvation Army Food Pantry Location: 1618 Avenue J Freeport, Texas 77541

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

Phone: 979-233-5420

Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Respond To Flooding In Texas Communities, Continue To Monitor The Situation Across Texas

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) office has released the following update on the effects of TS Hermine’s trek across Texas as of 11 a.m., 9/8/2010:

  • Temple, Texas: Flooding has been reported in the area, and The Salvation Army mobile feeding unit (canteen) has responded flooding in Belton, which has affected approximately 25 homes. The unit and personnel are currently serving meals to victims and first responders and providing clean-up kits; further details of services provided and numbers served will be released later in the day.
  • Corpus Christi, Texas: The mobile feeding unit and EDS personnel traversed local flooded areas yesterday evening, but found no one in need of emergency service. No major damage has been reported in the wake of local flooding. Salvation Army EDS personnel and the mobile feeding unit are monitoring the situation, maintaining contact with local Emergency Management (EM) personnel, and remain on standby.
  • Killeen, Texas: Locally, a trailer park was evacuated and two shelters were open. The Salvation Army administrator, Lt. Jason Moore, contacted Emergency Management and offered assistance; EM personnel reported assistance was not needed at the present time.
  • Freeport, Texas: Reports of local flooding, but no reports of damage. Salvation Army EDS personnel are maintaining contact with the local Emergency Management office. The Salvation Army mobile feeding unit, staff, and volunteers remain on standby.
  • Kerrville, Texas: Local flooding has not caused major damage. Salvation Army EDS staff, volunteers, and the mobile feeding unit remain on standby and are ready to serve in any area, as needed. Maintaining contact with local Emergency Management office.
  • McAllen: No major damage caused by local incidents of flooding. In contact with local Emergency Management, and Salvation Army mobile feeding unit and EDS personnel are maintaining standby status.
  • Waco, Texas: Completed morning conference call with local Emergency Management personnel. Local flooding has been reported, but there are no reports of damage or a need for EDS assistance. Highway 35 was closed due to flooding and high winds on Sept. 7th; vehicles were reported to have been blown off of the highway (no reported injuries).
  • San Antonio, Texas: There have been reports of local flooding, trees downed by high winds, and power outages to homes in the area, but the Emergency Management office has not requested EDS response at this time. Salvation Army personnel and equipment are maintaining standby status.

Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services personnel are monitoring the weather conditions across Texas. Widespread, sustained rain and high winds in some areas are concerns, as they may lead to flash floods, power outages, downed trees, property damage or loss, and injury.

Salvation Army EDS personnel and mobile feeding units stationed across Texas  stand ready to deploy within minutes of a request for assistance from their local Emergency Management office and will remain on standby as long as necessary. Additional Salvation Army EDS units and personnel can be called in from neighboring states, if necessary.

The Salvation Army will continue to monitor the situation and respond with Emergency Disaster Services as necessary.

For more information about The Salvation Army emergency disaster services program or to support The Salvation Army’s emergency relief efforts please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org, call1-800-SAL-ARMY, or contact your local Salvation Army Corps.  For current information on Salvation Army disaster activities, follow on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

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.