Salvation Army Still Serving in Beaumont

(Beaumont, TX)- In an area used to having ample warning to an impending storm, Tuesday’s EF-1 tornado that hit the west end of Beaumont was a major shock. Most residents were thoroughly unaware of the twister that loomed overhead around lunchtime.  The sky was dark but not ominous and there was only a light sprinkling of rain. It wasn’t until the electricity went off in Beaumont that people began questioning where the storm was.

Rumors were buzzing that a tornado hit Park Dale Mall, just a few minutes from The Salvation Army Corps, and that cars were piled 3 deep in Wal-Mart’s parking lot. Now, there was no denying, a tornado indeed paid Beaumont a visit.

One thing people in Southeast Texas are learning is that when disaster strikes The Salvation Army will be there to help aid and assist those in need.

Within hours of the disaster, our mobile canteen was on the scene with water, snacks and a shoulder to lean on.  Fortunately no lives were lost, only a few injuries and damage was contained to a few businesses, Kohl’s and Wal-Mart were hit the hardest but several other stores suffered damage as well.

Tuesday night, The Salvation Army served around 240 snacks and drinks to restoration teams and store employees. Yesterday morning 125 snacks and drinks were given out and 125 hot dogs, chips and drinks were provided for lunch. “We’ll stay at least through Thursday,” promised Major Floiran Estrada officer in charge of the Beaumont Corps. “We want the people of this fine community to know that will not let them down, no matter what the circumstances.”

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.