Salvation Army Opens Doors Amid Freezing Temps

As Texas braces itself for the coldest weather to hit the State in twenty years The Salvation Army is ready to provide assistance and shelter.

Salvation Army shelters will remain open 24 hours a day and are ready with extra cots, air mattresses and blankets to accommodate extra demand for beds. In addition to the shelters, Salvation Army church buildings are also being used as “warming centers” and overflow housing for the homeless and stranded travelers. It is anticipated that The Salvation Army in Texas will provide shelter to more than 2,000 individuals nightly as the temperatures are expected to drop well below 32 degrees on Thursday and Friday evening this week. No-one will be turned away from Salvation Army facilities as long as the temperature remains below freezing.

The Salvation Army have over forty Mobile Feeding Units across the State ready to be deployed specifically targeting areas known for homelessness, fully stocked with hot food and drinks. In some cases these units will also have blankets, socks, hats and gloves available for those in need.

Donations of blankets, coats and heaters are needed and local Salvation Army units will be prepared to accept such items.

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. 81 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.