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The Salvation Army in Central Texas Responding to Memorial Weekend Floods

5/25/2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Philip Burn, Communications Director: (214) 956-6243


Dallas, Texas (May 25, 2015) – Following intense Memorial weekend storms record flooding has devastated areas of Central Texas. The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services teams are working closely with local partners to provide assistance to individuals who have been displaced from their homes.

An estimated 1,000 homes have been flooded in Hays County, Texas, where the Blanco River at San Marcos crested at just over 43 feet, rising an incredible 31 feet in the space of 24 hours. The mobile kitchen from The Salvation Army Austin Area Command, in coordination with the San Marcos Service Center, provided meals at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins Street, on Monday. More than 1,000 meals have been served over the last two days. Four pallets of water will be delivered by The Salvation Army at the request of the City of Blanco.

Emergency shelters previously activated to accommodate flood evacuees have now closed in Corpus Christi and Wichita Falls as flood levels recede. The Salvation Army mobile kitchens from San Angelo, DFW Area Command, Big Spring, and Midland provided 852 meals, 1969 beverages and 96 snacks on Sunday in Wichita Falls.

In Houston, The Salvation Army continues to assist at the American Red Cross Shelter (Lone Star Community Center, 2500 Lone Star Parkway, Montgomery, TX 77356) serving 146 meals, 301 beverages and 98 snacks on Sunday.

As statewide response continues The Salvation Army is appealing for financial donations to help support relief efforts. To make a donation please go to htttp://tsatx.org/floodandtornadorelief

If you are interested in learning more about The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in Texas, or to become a local disaster volunteer, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

For the most up-to-date emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army in Texas, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyTXEDS and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyTXEDS.

 

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services:

“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

 

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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.

February 5, 2010

 

 

 

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Texas Floods – The Salvation Army Providing Shelter, Meals and Emotional & Spiritual Care

5/24/2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Philip Burn, Communications Director: (214) 956-6243


Dallas, Texas (May 24, 2015) – The Salvation Army is providing shelter, meals, and emotional and spiritual care to those affected by severe flooding in several Texas cities. Sunday saw increased response following more overnight rain.

Ongoing Salvation Army response efforts include:

  • Wichita Falls – Mobile kitchens and staff from Wichita Falls, San Angelo, DFW Area Command, and Midland provided 1,089 meals, 2,137 drinks, and 148 snacks on 5/23/15.
  • Wichita Falls – The Salvation Army Shelter (403 7th St., Wichita Falls, TX 76301) provided overnight accommodation to 39 people on 5/22/15 and 41 people on 5/23/15.
  • Corpus Christi – The mobile kitchen is located at Banquete Jr. High School – 4339 S. 4th Street, Robstown, TX 78339.
  • Montgomery County – The Houston Area Command mobile kitchen is assisting at the American Red Cross Shelter (Lone Star Community Center, 2500 Lone Star Parkway, Montgomery, TX 77356) by providing meals beginning 5/24/15. Salvation Army mobile kitchens from the Pasadena and Northwest Corps remain on standby.
  • San Marcos – The Austin Area Command mobile kitchen working with the San Marcos Service Center will be providing meals in San Marcos (San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St.) beginning 5/24/15.
  • Van Zandt and Smith Counties – The Tyler Corps is continuing to support survivors following severe weather events.

 

“With heavy rain expected today and tomorrow, we are ready to support emergency relief efforts any way we can,” said Major Chris Flanagan, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Greater Houston. “The Salvation Army is here to help those most in need in our community.”

All Salvation Army units in the Texas Division are on standby at this time while Service Extension Regions 1-4 (East Texas/ North East Texas/ Central West Texas rural communities) are continuing to assess the potential needs in their areas. The Salvation Army is monitoring developments in the State Operations Center and is coordinating with other nonprofit organizations and state agencies.

The Salvation Army response is expected to continue for the foreseeable future as flood levels rise swelled by persistent rain in Texas. To make a financial donation to support The Salvation Army flood and tornado relief efforts please go to http://tsatx.org/floodandtornadorelief

If you are interested in learning more about The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in Texas, or to become a local disaster volunteer, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

For the most up-to-date emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army in Texas, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyTXEDS and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyTXEDS.

 

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services:

“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

 

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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.

February 5, 2010

 

 

 

Statewide Flooding Prompts Increased Salvation Army Response in Texas

5/23/2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Philip Burn, Communications Director: (214) 956-6243


Dallas, Texas (May 23, 2015) – Record flooding in several Texas locations has seen increased statewide response from The Salvation Army.

In Wichita Falls the flood level crested at 21.3 feet on Saturday and with more rain anticipated water levels may reach as high as 27 feet. On Friday The Salvation Army provided 189 meals and shelter to 39 individuals who have been evacuated from their homes. Manpower and equipment have been deployed from Salvation Army locations in San Angelo, DFW Area Command, Big Spring and Midland.

“The Salvation Army will have five mobile kitchens in the city feeding our neighbors by the end of the day,” said Captain David Swyers, Wichita Falls Commanding Officer. “The two canteens already responding with meals, snacks, and emotional and spiritual care are being met with great gratitude. As the waters rise The Salvation Army will be here to serve the needs of the community.”

In Central and South Texas disaster response units from the Austin Area Command and New Braunfels are providing additional support to area shelters, as are the Laredo team in Crystal City and Cotulla along the border. The mobile kitchen from Corpus Christi has been operational since Wednesday, May 13, after widespread flooding and continues to serve the affected communities of Banquette, Agua Dulce, and San Diego.

Meanwhile, support following recent tornadoes continues with the Tyler Corps serving in Van Zandt and Smith counties. Volunteers and staff from Texas Service Extension Region’s 2 and 3 are working with survivors providing Case Work and Emergency Assistance in Van Zandt, Eastland and Johnson Counties.

Salvation Army response is expected to continue for the foreseeable future as flood levels rise swelled by persistent rain in Texas. To make a financial donation to support The Salvation Army flood and tornado relief efforts please go to http://tsatx.org/floodandtornadorelief

If you are interested in learning more about The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in Texas, or to become a local disaster volunteer, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

For the most up-to-date emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army in Texas, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyTXEDS and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyTXEDS.

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services:

“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.

 

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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.

February 5, 2010

 

A Suggestion For Lent (Even If You Don’t Practice)

Reposted from The Salvation Army National Headquarters Blog.

Dana Biermann is the Digital Marketing and Communications Manager for The Salvation Army Midland Division in St. Louis, MO. Dana is an avid fan anything digital and fighting poverty, so working for The Salvation Army is a great fit. She lives in St. Louis and just can’t get enough of Twitter. Click here to learn more or find them on Facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/SalArmySTL.

I love seeing what people give up for Lent.

Chocolate. Fried foods. Drinking. I even have a friend that gave up cussing. And if you knew this friend, that’s probably a really good idea.

I’ve seen giving up buying shoes, drinking caffeine, Facebook is a big one now, and so many other worldly things that people have become accustomed to.

But I have also seen some very humbling gestures that people have left behind in this time tradition after the last big blowout of Mardi Gras. Teenagers that have given up their beds to sleep on the floor. Another that is writing a hand-written letter to a new person each day that has touched their life. And while I chuckle at my chocolate obsessed friend that is in agony from giving up their vice, it’s the tales of those that strive to truly inconvenience themselves to have a higher understanding or to leave behind indifference that really touches my soul.

So I’m going to make a suggestion… for all of us.

Give up indifference for Lent.

Take the time to do something kind for someone else. Really walk your dog (and not just a trip down the block and back, I mean a good, hour long walk). Chat up a homeless neighbor on the street and see if they need services or shelter–and please, send them our way. Visit someone in your life in a nursing home or a psychiatric facility. Make contact with a lost friend or relative in prison–they need more support than you realize.

Yes, our lives are busy. Yes, we do important things. But it takes no time to pay for an extra coffee in the line at Starbucks or help an elderly friend with their groceries leaving Schnucks.

The Salvation Army’s tagline is “Doing the Most Good”. But we believe wholeheartedly that doing the most good can’t possibly exist solely within our organization. It lies within you, within our community, within our hearts.

Be well this season.

The Salvation Army Responds to Alabama Hostage Crisis

Ozark, AL (January 30, 2013)—The Salvation Army has deployed a mobile feeding unit from Dothan to Dale County, Alabama to provide support to first responders at the site of a hostage situation. Since early evening on Tuesday, volunteers from The Salvation Army have been preparing hot meals and drinks at the incident command post in Midland City, AL.

Salvation Army officials responded at the request of law enforcement to provide for the physical needs of those attempting to resolve what has been described as a “very delicate situation” involving a child. Home and businesses surrounding the hostage location have been evacuated to ensure their safety and security. By sunrise on Wednesday, The Salvation Army had served over 250 hot meals.

Brenda Furqueron, Director of The Salvation Army in Dale County, said that “plans are already in place to serve as long as it is necessary.”

Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be prepared throughout the day on Wednesday in continued support of the hostage standoff.

“Our hope and prayer is that this situation can be resolved in a peaceful manner,” Furqueron added.

Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services. Please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate. All donations for disaster services will be used for the designated purpose. For additional updates please follow us at www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

For more on this story, please visit the news article on dothaneagle.com.

Salvation Army Dedicates Three New Canteens in Missouri

Divisional Commander Major Lonneal Richardson, left, addresses the crowd during the canteen dedication.
Divisional Commander Major Lonneal Richardson, left, addresses the crowd during the canteen dedication.

St. Louis, MO (January 29, 2012)—Thanks to the generous support of partners United Way of Greater St. Louis and Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc., The Salvation Army was able to purchase the canteens to better serve communities afflicted with disaster. The canteens will replace older models in St. Louis, Cape Girardeau, and Joplin.

Major Lonneal Richardson, left, stands with Bill Sarvis of Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc., and Lieutenant James Curry, Joplin. Beacon Roofing generously donated $100,000 toward the purchase of the Joplin canteen.

To celebrate the addition of the canteens, The Salvation Army hosted a dedication service today at Midland Division Headquarters. Representatives from Joplin, The Salvation Army, United Way, and Beacon Roofing were on-hand for remarks, as well as St. Louis Fire Department Chief Dennis Jenkerson, Advisory Board Chairman Mark Abels, and Divisional Commander Major Lonneal Richardson.

Gary Dollar, United Way of Greater St. Louis, addressed the crowd during the dedication. United Way generously donated $50,000 toward the purchase of the St. Louis canteen.

The Salvation Army’s canteens help serve more than 200,000 meals, drinks, and snacks each year to those who are hungry. In addition to responding to disasters such as severe storms and tornados, the canteens are regularly used to provide meals, water, and clothing to St. Louis’ homeless community.

The purchase of the canteens was made possible by a $100,000 donation from Beacon Roofing, $50,000 donation from United Way, and the community’s generous support of The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army Helps the Hurting in Greater New York

Staten Island & Island Park, NY (November 10, 2012)—It’s the visible pain of a woman standing at a Salvation Army distribution site in Island Park on Long Island today with her mother and dog, Baxter, in hand shivering. Shannon Foster said she moved into her new house in Island Park just three days before the Hurricane destroyed it. Shannon, tearing up, was there for dog food which she said was rapidly running out.

Then there’s Magalys Cuevas, who showed up for blankets and more of what The Salvation Army and “Extra” had dropped off. Said Magalys, “I have 3 children ages 2, 6 and 9 and it’s just so cold and dark at night in my house. Next week my children are supposed to return to school but I don’t know how that can happen the way we’re living.”

While these ladies were seeing what was available that they could use at home to meet their immediate needs…hosts from “Extra”, the nationally syndicated entertainment show, which airs on major market affiliates, including A.J. Calloway and special correspondent Hilaria Baldwin, were unloading a tractor trailer full of water. But they didn’t just bring water, they partnered their corporate friends and with The Salvation Army to bring and distribute even more five truck loads of batteries, coats children’s books, socks, diapers and snack bars and so much more. They were at a location on Warwick Boulevard and Long Beach Road, across from the Village Hall of Island Park at noon today.

Not even a nor’easter can keep The Salvation Army, from not only providing some of the basic necessities for people, but maybe even more importantly, theses day, providing emotional and spiritual comfort for those who can break down at a moment’s notice.

Said Major Scott Kelly on Staten Island “It’s overwhelming feeling of frustration that’s probably the worst for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. I see that on people’s faces everyday. They just don’t know what to expect next.” What they can expect is The Salvation Army being there for them whether it’s serving food as it did again today at a location at 609 Midland Avenue from a canteen (Salvation Army mobile street-feeding unit) or the fact that TSA is just not leaving until the very last person is provided the services they need and that can take years. Approximately 10 to 12 Salvation Army personnel and volunteers were on site serving and providing cleaning supplies, baby care and hygiene products, and non-perishable foods.

Here’s how people can best help their neighbors.

FOR FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SALVATION ARMY:

Online: Visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org
By Phone: Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
Text-Giving: Text NYSA to 52000 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word, “Yes.”*
Division, 120 West 14th Street, New York, NY, 10011.
By Mail: Checks may be made payable to The Salvation Army Greater New York

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SALVATION ARMY’S RESPONSE
TO HURRICANE SANDY, VISIT:

blog.salvationarmyusa.org
facebook.com/salvationarmyny
twitter.com/salvationarmyny

YOUR DONATIONS MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE:

A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile-feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

ABOUT THE SALVATION ARMY IN THE USA:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

ABOUT THE SALVATION ARMY GREATER NEW YORK DIVISION: An integral part of the community for 132 years, The Salvation Army in Greater New York operates more than 100 community and social service programs serving more than 750,000 people, regardless of race, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation. For more information, visit our website at www.SalvationArmyNY.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Joplin: One Year Later

Joplin: One Year Later
Posted on May 22, 2012
Joplin: One Year Later | Salvation Army – Missouri & Southern Illinois.

Joplin: One Year Later

The Crossleys stand on their newly poured foundation, anticipating the day when they can move into their new home.

By: Danni Eickenhorst, Midland Division

Nearly one year after a historic tornado destroyed more than 7,500 homes and 500 businesses, Joplin residents are still finding their way back to normal.

“The mess has been cleaned up,” says David Crossley, manager of The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter in Joplin. “The debris is gone. You see rebuilding going on around town, and people are hopeful.”

Crossley, a 15-year employee of The Salvation Army lost his home when it was badly damaged in the storm. Emerging from a closet where they’d taken shelter, the Crossley family found their roof partially gone, their windows broken, live power lines on their car and no immediate hope for assistance. In the days following the storm, he and his family slept at The Salvation Army Community and Worship Center, at friends’ houses and at a motel.

Today, thanks to the aid of The Salvation Army, his church, family members and friends, Crossley and his family are hopeful their lives will return back to normal.

“We just poured the foundation on a home we are building. We hope to move into it in early June,” he reports.

As Crossley reflects on the long year his family has endured, he is struck by the progress they’ve made. “I was just thinking the other day, our wedding anniversary is coming up and last year we were living in a motel room with no idea where we were going to wind up. Now, we’re living in a comfortable duplex and building a home of our own. In just one year, we’ve lost nearly everything we had, and now we’re almost whole again.”

Just two months after the epic storm, Lieutenants James and Jamie Curry became officers in Joplin. Lieutenant Jamie reflects on life in her new hometown, “Any other place I have ever lived, I’ve never had the experience of stepping out my front door and seeing something different than the day before. Almost an entire year has passed since the tornado, but it still seems like last week to the residents here. While there are significant changes to the landscape as buildings are rebuilt, the emotional toll is still ever present.”

The Currys and their team have been hard at work as part of the Long Term Recovery Committee, a consortium of nonprofits and service agencies working to handle long-term survivor case management. “We have the benefit of seeing first hand how God can work, even in a disaster. There are success stories that come through our doors each day, and when these individuals get helped, it renews their desire to help others.”

Residents of Joplin rebuilding after the storm.

Crossley says that in some ways that storm has been a blessing. “It brought my family closer, and I think it brought many of us in the community closer. Whenever we had a need, The Salvation Army or one of its partners was there to meet it. God’s love has been manifested in so many ways in these days of recovery, and I am so grateful.”

Lt. Curry observes, “There is a greater sense of community among the people of Joplin. As is the case in many catastrophic events, everyone is affected in one form or another which creates in itself a genuine sense of comradeship. Joplin is no different.”

Dana Ross, Case Manager for The Salvation Army Joplin Relief Center, says “We have formed some amazing partnerships. We are one of the primary social service providers for this event, and through these partnerships we can connect our clients with just about anything they need.”

The Salvation Army was recently awarded a contract with Missouri that will allow it to continue long-term case management with residents through May 2013. In the coming weeks, long-term plans will be released detailing The Salvation Army’s strategy for long-term recovery and investment in Joplin.

Back-to-School

New shoes for a new school year!

Amarillo
Shoes & Socks Fund
Do I get to keep them Miss?” A pair of hopeful shiny eyes flashing back at me needs an immediate answer. “Of course you do you, sweetheart,” I explain. “These are for you to wear with your new socks the very first day of school.”

Every year for the past four decades, The Salvation Army at Amarillo has provided brand new shoes and socks for thousands of Panhandle children. This year more than 800 kindergarten through twelfth grade young people will get to go back-to-school shopping at Wal-Mart and pick out the shoes they want.

Every year at this time, Frances Powell is honored as the person who commandeered the Amarillo Globe News Foundation’s Empty Stocking Fund to contribute to the local Salvation Army and thus entrust the annual Shoe and Sock Distribution in our care. “Her legacy lives on in the lives of these children,” according to Major Cheryl Grider. “We are privileged to carry on this tremendous tradition.”

“We love our part too in getting these kids ready for school,” says Clint Walker, store manager of Wal-Mart. We have our employees volunteer with the registration process then we dedicate one cash register for two days just for these children and their parents.”

The aisles are alive with the sound of giggling, excited little ones, test driving their new shoes up and down the rows of the store. It’s Christmas in July and a great new start to a great new school year.

Galveston
Curves, Barbara Oberholtzer owner is conducting a school supply drive with members of Curves in Galveston. A school supply drive was conducted last year and The Salvation Army in Galveston benefitted from the proceeds.

El Paso
Sally’s Bus
The Salvation Army in El Paso is pleased to announce the results of our annual drive to collect school supplies and clothing for needy children that reside in the emergency family shelter located at 4300 East Paisano, and throughout El Paso. Many people are not aware that we house up to 100 individuals nightly, of which two in three are children.

This year we partnered with Bassett Center, Premiere Cinemas, the El Paso Independent School District, and last but by no means least Immanuel Christian School.

The athletes from the boy’s football team and girl’s volleyball team manned the kettles for us over a three day weekend from Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 14, and collected more than to $2,100. The kettles were set up beside a school bus loaned to us by the El Paso Independent School District located at the west entrance to Bassett Center. School supply donations were also received at the same location in an effort to stuff the bus, in which we received over 2,000 donations.

The donations will be used to help more than 420 children in El Paso to include those residing at The Salvation Army emergency family shelter, children at the Child Crisis Center, Dame La Mano, the two Corps Community Centers operated by The Salvation Army (Citadel and Temple), La Posada and the ladies at Villa Maria.

Premiere Cinemas will continue their fundraising efforts throughout and through Tax Exempt weekend. Individuals wishing to donate school supplies can drop them off at the theater located inside Bassett Center.

San Antonio
Shoe-In
For the past thirty years, The San Antonio Area Command has hosted a very popular Back to School event, the “Shoe-In”. Working with the Counseling staff at 270 elementary schools, applications are completed by parents who just cannot make another purchase for their children. The Salvation Army provides 1,800 – 2,000 pairs of shoes to about 1,000 families in one day at the Hope Center. Two hundred fifty volunteers, in three shifts, fit shoes on the feet of these children, encouraging them in a fun and friendly manner. The volunteers assure us that they receive as much a blessing as the children receiving the shoes. Knowing that they have helped make the burden of poverty a little less stressful is the highlight of the year for some of our regular volunteers.

There was a family that consisted of three rambunctious boys, ages 10, 9 and 7, and one sweet, shy 5 year old girl. The volunteer measured the girl’s foot first, and then went to bring back three pair of shoes for her to try on. She shyly indicated that she only wanted to try on the white and pink pair. The volunteer asked if she wouldn’t like to try the others. “No, I like this one”.

The boys were next. They were not nearly as reluctant to try on more shoes. After three and four pairs each, they finally had the shoes they wanted and were ready to go. Once more, the volunteer asked the little girl if she’d like to try on one of the other styles. Again, she shook her head and stood to leave.

Fumbling in her pocket, she pulled out a little bundle of papers and, head downcast, she handed a dollar bill sized paper to the volunteers. As they unfolded the papers, they found crayon colored drawings with her sweetly written note, “Thank you for my new shoes, I never got some before”.

Midland
The Salvation Army in Midland distributed school supplies from their Disaster Canteen at a city park on Thursday, August 18th.

Brownwood
The Salvation Army Service Center in Brownwood school supplies to 391 area children in 2010 and hope to be able to provide help to even more children this year, having registered more than 500 young people this year. They rely on local donations from individuals and businesses to support this program.

Fort Worth
The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary in Fort Worth donated 100 backpacks containing school supplies for children served by The Salvation Army. Children at the Northside Community Center received backpacks from Corps Officers, Majors John and Linda Queener, after sharing a prayer asking God’s blessing on the backpacks and supplies.

Women’s Auxiliary president, Gloria Walker, was on hand for the backpack distribution.
“I wanted to cry when the children came into the chapel because I just know how special it is for children to have something new, something of their own,” Walker said. “It’s just really rewarding for the Women’s Auxiliary to be a part of that.”

The backpacks and school supplies were purchased through funds raised at the Women’s Auxiliary annual garage sale in March.