The Salvation Army Assisting Wildfire Survivors and Responders in West Texas

Dallas, TX – Several Salvation Army units continue to provide support to firefighters and other first responders working to contain wildfires across West Texas. The Texas Forest Service is reporting that more than 200,000 acres have been destroyed by the fires that have spread quickly due to the combination of the extremely dry ground and gusting wind.
On Monday, April 11, two Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens), manned by Officers, staff and volunteers from Lubbock and Abilene, again reported to the city of Guthrie, 90 miles East of Lubbock. About 350 miles to the South, three Canteens from El Paso, Big Spring and Odessa assisted firefighters in Fort Davis, where 40 to 50 homes have been destroyed and widespread electricity outages have been reported after numerous power poles burned.

Captain Michael Morton, The Salvation Army Incident Commander for West Texas, reported that meals were served in both locations throughout the day. “On Monday, The Salvation Army served 300 people breakfast, 635 lunch, and 523 dinner. In addition, 525 individuals received drinks and 457 snacks were distributed. The Salvation Army will continue to provide assistance to those working to contain the wildfires, and the residents who have been affected, as long as we are needed.”

The Disaster Canteen and staff from Odessa will return to Fort Davis on Tuesday morning and expect to serve lunch and dinner to 125 people, with primary responsibility being for survivors of the wildfires, as opposed to responders.

Monetary donations to support The Salvation Army Texas Wildfire Relief can be made by mail to P.O. Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at
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For more information please contact:

Philip Burn, Sr.
Director of Public & Media Relations
Texas Division
(214) 418-9536 (Cell)
(214) 956-6243 (Office)

Salvation Army Aids Wildfire Responders Across West Texas

Dallas, TX (April 10, 2011) — Salvation Army locations across West Texas have joined forces to provide aid to the many firemen, policemen, and other first responders of the wildfires spreading rapidly across West Texas. The Salvation Army will continue its efforts to aid responders into next week as needed.

The Salvation Army is on scene in Guthrie where they served snacks and meals to first responders on Friday and Saturday, April 9-10. On Saturday, this crew served 130 lunches and 135 dinners totaling 265 meals provided.

Also on Saturday, April 9, Salvation Army volunteers and staff responded to the wildfire south of Post and served 50 meals to responders.

Salvation Army units in Midland, Big Spring and Odessa have responded by sending 3 Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) each able to supply 2500 meals per day, to support firefighters in the city of Midland. The Salvation Army Disaster Canteen from El Paso will be leaving for Ft. Davis on Monday morning and will be stocked and prepared to stay for several days.

Individuals can aid The Salvation Army’s effort by volunteering with the Disaster Alert Response Team (DART) by calling 806-765-9434. This team of volunteers goes out to the scene of disasters with Salvation Army staff to assist victims and responders.

Monetary donations to support The Salvation Army Texas Wildfire Relief can be made by mail to P.O.Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response efforts, please go to,, or

Premiere Cinema Supports The Salvation Army

Premiere Cinema 18 presents check of $3,157.64 to The Salvation Army of El Paso

El Paso, Texas—On Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 1:30 PM Premiere Cinema 18 at Bassett Place Mall will present a check for $3,157.64 to The Salvation Army in El Paso, Texas. The staff and management at Premiere Cinema are strong supporters of The Salvation Army and its programs within the El Paso community which includes the homeless family shelter located at 4300 East Paisano.

The homeless family shelter serves an average of 90 individuals daily of which two in three are children. The shelter provides a safe comfortable location for families, along with all the basic necessities, as The Salvation Army works with the family to meet our primary objective of sustainable housing upon exit from the shelter. Program services provided which support this objective include, but are not limited to: an after-school program which focuses on homeless children, parenting and life skills, and financial literacy.

Over the past two months we have been successful in placing close to 70% of the families we serve in housing. In doing so, we work with each individual family to overcome obstacles, be the obstacles real or perceived.

El Paso – “Coming Home”

Texas Brass and Lonestar Brass visit El Paso

May 28-30, 2010

“The hills are alive with the sound of music”! No, not Julie Andrews famously singing in the Austrian Alps, but instead, The Salvation Army’s Texas Brass and Lonestar Brass in El Paso! 60 young people made the 1276 mile round trip from Dallas to El Paso over Memorial weekend to participate in “Coming Home” celebrations. The joyful sound of the brass bands could be heard around the city, and no doubt on the surrounding hills, throughout the weekend as they proclaimed the Gospel Message through music.

The Salvation Army in the USA is divided into four Territories; Western, Central, Eastern, and Southern. As of July 1, the El Paso Salvation Army will officially join the Texas Division, Southern Territory. Until now, El Paso has been part of the Western Territory of The Salvation Army, Southwest Division. In anticipation of this transfer of administration and to celebrate El Paso “Coming Home”, the Divisional Commander of the Texas Division, Lt. Colonel Henry Gonzalez, arranged the Texas Brass and Lonestar Brass visit, May 28-30.

The Salvation Army has been at work in El Paso for over 110 years, since February, 1899, when Ensign J. Pitt and his wife arrived from Albuquerque, New Mexico to “open fire”. By 1901, a hall and barracks were opened along with the “Door of Hope Mission”. Salvation Army services have continued in the city since then and have varied over time to meet the needs of the community in the name of Jesus Christ.

The goal of the young people during the weekend visit was to promote the work of The Salvation Army to the greater community and to establish relationships with Salvation Army church members. A busy schedule had been planned by Captains Keith and Robin Bottjen, Area Coordinators for The Salvation Army in El Paso, which included a Music and Arts Institute on Saturday, several outdoor performances around the city, and participation in Salvation Army church services on Sunday.

Over 3000 people attended “El Paso Teen Fest 2010 Summer Reading Kick-Off” on Saturday, sponsored by the El Paso Library and the El Paso Diablos. Both youth bands performed at this event which provided a wonderful opportunity to promote the ministry of The Salvation Army. Another highlight of the weekend was a visit to a Veterans Home where the young people mingled with the residents who enjoyed the patriotic music as they celebrated Memorial Day.

The young people enjoyed the opportunity to minister to the people in El Paso, and along with the rest of the Texas Division, are looking forward to their new friends “Coming Home”, July 1, 2010.