Salvation Army Units in Texas Prepared to Respond to Tropical Storm Nicholas

Dallas, Texas (September 13, 2021) – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster (EDS) teams in South Texas are preparing to respond to potential heavy rain and flooding associated with Tropical Storm Nicholas. Salvation Army staff and trained volunteers, utilizing mobile feeding units, cleanup kits, and other supplies, are ready to serve impacted communities.
“We are carefully monitoring Tropical Storm Nicholas and have mobile feeding units and staff along the Texas coast prepared to respond, if necessary,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “Many of our staff and trained volunteers are only just returning home from the first wave of response efforts after Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana. The Salvation Army stands ready to serve as needed.”
The storm is currently moving slowly, skirting the Texas coastline, and is expected to make landfall in on Monday evening just north of Corpus Christi. “Heavy rain and potential flooding are the major concern in areas north of Corpus Christi, including Bay City, Freeport, Houston, and the Golden Triangle region,” said Migues. “We have units located throughout the area that can mobilize and respond very quickly.”
Financial donations can be made at helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY to support ongoing disaster response efforts. For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmy.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx
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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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Matching Gift Challenge to Benefit Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club

An anonymous and very caring supporter has committed a $10,000 matching gift to support the summer programs of The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Texas City. Your gift of $20 becomes $40 if given by May 15.

With the kids coming to spend the whole day through the week, costs will naturally go up as more people join the team to make sure everyone is safe and well-supervised. The summer program is an extremely affordable option for kids ages 6-12 with a weekly fee of $20.00 per week. The summer session begins June 7 and runs for 10 weeks, Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 5:30 pm. Programming is a combination of recreational and academic activities following the curriculum of the Boys & Girls Club of America that is designed to help the kids continue to grow and learn through the summer so that they do not lose ground. There is a limit of 50 for the program.

Early estimates for summer program are about $100,000 which will cover extra transportation for field trips, admission fees that aren’t covered by campers, extra materials, additional staff and everything else that goes into making a summer fun and safe for up to 50 kids at a time! Your early gift will help determine hiring and programming decisions.

As always, The Salvation Army is completely dependent on the support of the community for the services it can provide. If you want to double your gift and change lives this summer, send your gift marked Summer Day Camp Challenge Grant to PO Box 990, Galveston, TX 77553 or give online at https://www.salvationarmytexas.org/texascitybgc/

Media Contact:

Holly McDonald

Community Relations and Development

The Salvation Army

(409) 763-1691, Ext. 75313
(409) 939-9013 Cell

holly.mcdonald@uss.salvationarmy.org

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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 139 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 to the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disable, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.  82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those service in 5,000 communities nationwide.

 

 

Galveston County Drive-Thru Mobile Food Distribution

In conjunction with the Galveston County Food Bank the Salvation Army of Galveston County will be hosting a DRIVE-THRU Mobile Food Distribution March 16th at our Texas City Corp Location

4801 Emmett F Lowry Expressway, Texas City 77590.

Volunteers are needed from 8:00am until about Noon (or last car)

We are hoping to have at least 25-30 Volunteers

Areas we are requesting help in include

  • Traffic Control
  • Registration Help
  • Food Distribution ( unloading truck, bagging items if any, loading food into vehicles – this may include heavy lifting )

Please Follow all COVID-19 Protocols.

Social Distancing and Mask wearing will be in effect.

This event will be held every 3rd TUESDAY of the Month. If you would like to be added to the Monthly Distribution Email Reminder, Please contact Heather Pierson at 409-877-5207, or email me through this database, or to my work email heather.pierson@uss.salvationarmy.org !

The Salvation Army Offices Closed on Wednesday Due to Continuing Effects of Historic Weather

The Salvation Army Offices Closed on Wednesday Due to Continuing Effects of Historic Weather

 

The administrative offices of The Salvation Army of Galveston County and the Social Service office and Boys and Girls Club in Texas City will remain closed on Wednesday, February 17 due to lack of power and the priority of caring for people in the emergency shelter at 601 51st street in Galveston. The shelter has exceeded its capacity and has struggled since Monday morning with no power. Donations of flashlights, LED lanterns, extra batteries for those devices, D and AA batteries are needed and can be dropped off at the shelter entrance anytime.

As always, The Salvation Army is grateful to the community for their provision of resources that allow the doors to be open for those in need.

 

Media Contact:

Holly McDonald

Community Relations and Development

The Salvation Army

(409) 763-1691, Ext. 75313

holly.mcdonald@uss.salvationarmy.org

Galveston Central Church Opening Shelter for Winter Blast

Galveston Central Church has answered the call to open their doors for those seeking shelter from the cold during the coming winter storm. The shelter will open at 3 pm on Sunday, January 13 at 3308 Avenue O ½ in Galveston. Use entrance on O ½ for overnight intake.

The Salvation Army, Galveston County Community Action Council, the Red Cross and the City of Galveston are helping with supplies including cots, blankets, pillows and snacks. Anyone interested in donating hot meals, volunteering or who has any other questions can call Chad Smith at 346-324-4324 or email chad.m.smith1985@gmail.com.

“We are very happy to be able to help with this effort,” says Major Nathanael Doria of The Salvation Army. “We have already reached our capacity of 62 under covid guidelines and the weather event has not even started yet. We understand that congregate emergency shelters are not easy to start up in these days of the pandemic but we believe they can be successful when proper precautions are taken. We have not had a single case of covid-19 in our shelter since the outbreak began in March of 2020 and we credit that to the protection of God and the guidance of the local health district. We were very concerned about the unsheltered homeless still on the street, some of whom may not be aware of what is coming and are exceedingly grateful to Galveston Central Church for opening their doors and making this happen. We still have more cots available if anyone else wants to join in the effort.”

Media Contact:

Holly McDonald

Community Relations and Development

The Salvation Army

(409) 763-1691, Ext. 75313
(409) 939-9013 Cell

holly.mcdonald@uss.salvationarmy.org

 

Runway Of Hope Style Show Rescheduled

GALVESTON (January 2021) – The Women’s Auxiliary has announced that due to rising numbers of COVID cases, the Runway of Hope Style Show is rescheduled again to April 2. Tickets purchased for the 2020 Show are still good. The event will move to the Galveston Convention Center, allowing ample space for social distancing. Watch for more details!

Says incoming Auxiliary Chair, Treva Wygle, “As we joyfully enter into a new year, we are enthusiastic for what 2021 brings to the Salvation Army of Galveston County!

“As many other non-profit organizations, we have been doing our absolute best to follow protocol due to Covid-19. In doing so, we previously have had to reschedule our style show annual fundraiser.

Looking optimistically into 2021, we are excited to announce that we now feel confident about moving forward with it!  Extra precautions are being taken such as moving the event to the larger venue to make room for comfortable social distancing.

“Our fashion designer, Becky Hollands says, “I have faith that this is going to be an amazing show despite the previous postponements! It has simply given me that much more time to work on these incredible designs.”

Stay tuned for more details and exciting sneak peeks of the designs that will be auctioned off at the style show!

INEOS Styrolution Supports Salvation Army Covid Response

INEOS Styrolution’s Texas City plant donated $12,000 to The Salvation Army of Galveston County through the international INEOS Community Fund. The grant will support the organization’s ability to continue expanded services to the community due to Covid-19, providing shelter, meals, and groceries to those in need.

INEOS Styrolution’s Environmental Engineer Diana Firpi, who nominated the charity for a grant noted, “The Salvation Army has been a tremendous support to the community during hurricanes and other disasters. While many people in Galveston County that have counted on them for basic necessities, the wide-spread impact of the pandemic has increased demand.  The organization has shown great commitment and compassion to respond quickly to urgent needs within the community.”

The INEOS Community Fund was established by INEOS owners Sir Jim Ratcliffe, John Reece and Andy Currie in March 2020 as part of the company’s social response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The fund will provide grants to the end of 2020 to support community charities around the company’s 183 sites through this particularly challenging period.

The fund recognizes that local charities and community organizations have a special role to play in reaching some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, developing trusted relationships and implementing practical support programs that work well- and has therefore invited its employees to recommend charitable causes for funding. It will support direct charitable responses to the pandemic, as well as the recovery efforts of other vital charities whose fundraising and operational capacities have been affected by Covid-19.

The Salvation Army relies solely on the community it serves to support the needs of the area. To help, you can make a donation online or check out volunteer opportunities at www.salvationarmygalvestoncounty.org.