National Salvation Army Week is here!

Today’s no ordinary Monday – it’s the first day of our 60th annual National Salvation Army Week. This week of recognition was first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 – 74 years after The Salvation Army arrived in the U.S. – who stated in his proclamation:

“Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood . . . Their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all.”

Each year we use this week to say ‘thank you’ to the three million volunteers who give of their time and talents to The Salvation Army and enable critical services to communities, families and individuals in need. If you can believe it, that’s 8,000 volunteers “Doing the Most Good” for their neighbors each day!

Celebrating our supporters, throughout this week we will be featuring fans and followers on social media who told us how they “Do the Most Good” in their own communities by using the hashtag #IDTMG on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. We hope you’ll join in and tell us how you choose to give back each day.

The Salvation Army is celebrating National Salvation Army Week in a variety of ways this week across the country. For events near you, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org and www.salvationarmytexas.org to find a list of locations.

Here are just a few events taking place during the week around Texas.

Abilene, TX

“Behind the Red Shield” Lunch and Tour, donut day

Harlingen, TX

Mayoral Proclamation

Houston, TX – Northwest Corps

Boys and Girls Club anti-bullying rallies, Emergency Disaster Response Training

Kerrville, TX Corps & Kroc Center

County Judge Proclamation & Flag Raising, distributing coffee and donuts at City Hall, AM Radio Show appearance, “Behind the Red Shield” Lunch and Tour, Mayoral Proclamation, deliver donuts to all first responders, Kroc member appreciation, “Behind the Red Shield” Reception, Thrift Store Donor Appreciation Day (Prizes Given Away), local restaurant support throughout NSAW

Longview, TX

Mayoral Proclamation, “Behind the Red Shield” Lunch and Tour, cook-out

Tyler, TX

Mayoral Proclamation, 9th Annual Doing the Most Good Fundraising Luncheon, “Fans for Life” Collaborative Drive

The Salvation Army Responds To Flooding Caused By TS Hermine In Corpus Christi

Dallas, TX: – Due to flooding, The Salvation Army mobile feeding unit (canteen) and emergency disaster response personnel based in Corpus Christi, Texas, have been called into service. Once contacted by local emergency management personnel, The Corpus Christi feeding unit was deployed within minutes.

“The Corpus Christi-based emergency disaster response team is the first to be called into service and is equipped to provide food and clean-up kits to those affected by flooding, as well as food and drinks to first responders,” says Major Terry Israel, Divisional Secretary in Texas. “Four other fully stocked and staffed mobile feeding units (canteens) remain on stand-by in communities along Hermine’s path.” Those units, located in Kerrville, San Antonio, Harlingen, and McAllen, will remain on alert for three days. A satellite communications van and other emergency disaster response staff and volunteers also remain on-call.

With recent reports indicating that the eye of the storm is approaching Kerrville, The Salvation Army continues to monitor Hermine’s path and effects.

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.

Providing Shelter and Meals Ahead of Hurricane Alex

Dallas, TX: – The Salvation Army in McAllen, TX is providing shelter and food to people as South Texas communities brace themselves for the effects of Hurricane Alex.

On Tuesday, June 29, The Salvation Army opened the doors of its shelter in McAllen to residents evacuating ahead of the storm. The shelter accommodated 73 people of which 23 were evacuees. The Salvation Army also provided food support, serving 140 meals, and remains on stand-by should additional support be required at any of the Hidalgo County designated shelters.

Mobile feeding units (canteens) are in place and ready to serve in Corpus Christi, Harlingen, McAllen and Laredo. Eight additional mobile feeding units (canteens) have been mobilized to the State Staging Area in San Antonio along with staff and volunteers. The Salvation Army mobile kitchen , capable of preparing 20,000 meals daily, and generator have been made available and are ready for deployment if necessary. The Salvation Army will also provide clean-up kits in the event excessive flooding becomes an issue caused by the first Hurricane of the season.

“The Salvation Army is anticipating several days of sheltering and mass feeding along the Gulf Coast area”, said Major Terry Israel, Divisional Secretary in Texas.“ These services will be available at least through Friday, and as long as the need exists.”

For more information about The Salvation Army emergency disaster services program or to support The Salvation Army’s emergency relief efforts please visit www.disaster.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.

The Salvation Army is Ready and Prepared for Alex

Dallas, TX: – The Salvation Army is prepared for any possible affects of Tropical Storm Alex, predicted to gain hurricane strength as it makes its way across the south eastern Gulf area.

The Salvation Army, Texas Division has 35 mobile feeding units (canteens) on standby ready to roll at a moments notice. Estimates predict these effective resources that distribute supply food, water, and ice will be operational from all points of the state within 4-6 hours, along with the manpower to serve those likely to be affected by this first storm of the season.

Should this or any future storm demand greater resources, The Salvation Army will coordinate additional units from neighboring states. The Texas Division’s Communications Bus, and Field kitchen (capable of preparing 20,000 meals daily) is also on standby for deployment if needed.

Mobile feeding units (canteens) are already operational and in place from Laredo, McAllen, Harlingen and Corpus Christi, with a further eight to follow. Each of these units can deliver anything up to 5,000 meals daily. The units are part of a first response package should the need arise.

“The Salvation Army has been responding in times of disaster since 1900” said Major Terry Israel, Divisional Secretary in Texas. “And have been providing practical assistance and emotional & spiritual care for those affected by natural and man made disasters ever since then.”

For more information about The Salvation Army emergency disaster services program or to support The Salvation Army’s emergency relief efforts please visit www.disaster.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.