Dallas, TX, (March 3, 2021) – Millions of Texans were impacted by Winter Storm Uri and the far-reaching effects of freezing temperatures, snow, and ice, along with the loss of power and water. The Salvation Army continues to serve in communities throughout the state working to recover from the storm. Polaris, a long-term partner of The Salvation Army, has generously donated 10 5500 watt generators to support the ongoing efforts.
With a presence in every zip code, The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to respond with specialized services based on the needs of each community. Warming stations and emergency shelters were open to those affected by the winter blast, offering a safe and warm environment, providing food and shelter. As of March 2, 2021, The Salvation Army locations across Texas served 59,000 meals, 60,000 drinks, including 10,000 cases of water, served 22,000 snacks, provided 8,500 lodging accommodations, distributed 4,600 blankets, provided 5,500 showers, and 2,500 comfort/hygiene kits.
Thousands of individuals and families in communities across the state have experienced significant damage to their homes and businesses after pipes froze or burst due to the sub-zero temperatures and rolling and long-term power outages. The Polaris generators will be particularly helpful in situations where The Salvation Army is working with families to repair and return to their homes. The generators are already being prepared for distribution.
“The Salvation Army is so grateful to Polaris for their practical support of the ongoing work in Texas to help those affected by the winter weather,” said Alvin Migues, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Director in Texas. “These generators are going to provide essential power in critical situations and help families put their homes and lives back together. We are going to be dealing with the aftereffects of this storm for a long time and The Salvation Army is committed to providing support in the impacted communities as long as needed.”
For more information on The Salvation Army’s continued response or to make a financial donation to support the ongoing work, visit www.salvationarmytexas.org.
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The Salvation Army annually helps more than 30 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. During times of disaster, 100 percent of designated donations to The Salvation Army are used for immediate response and long-term efforts. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.
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