The Bell Ringer

Giving Back by Ringing the Bell in El Paso

Giving Back by Ringing the Bell in El Paso

Each Christmas for more than forty years Tomas has dedicated himself to ringing a bell for The Salvation Army in El Paso. As the holiday period approaches each year he looks forward to the opportunity to ring the bell and show people in his community the love of God all while supporting the ministry of the Army.

One of 13 children, Tomas speaks of the help his mother and their family received from The Salvation Army. “We grew up in poverty and I remember that The Salvation Army was Christmas for us. In our small house we had one room for seven boys, and another for all six of the girls. It was really crowded as you can imagine but it was filled with a lot of love,” he said. “Not only did they bring us toys for Christmas but the good people from The Salvation Army also gave us food and clothes.”

His appreciation of the assistance, freely given to his family by The Salvation Army, left a significant impression on Tomas. “My Mom found the Lord through The Salvation Army and I went to church a couple of times there as a child. I really liked the uniforms and how friendly everyone was,” said Tomas.

Years later, at the age of 19, Tomas first signed up to be a bell ringer and has worked each Christmas since. “I have always seen ringing the bell as ministry and an opportunity to let people know that God loves them. I am honored to represent a great ministry and organization in The Salvation Army.” he said.

When asked if he has a favorite kettle location, Tomas answered, “You know, I’ve rang in lots of different places over the years. I believe that God puts you in a particular spot for a special purpose – nothing is by chance. Someone might just need to hear ‘Merry Christmas’ from me or be told that God loves them to lift up and encourage them,” he said. “The kids really like the bell and it’s always fun to see them. It’s great to see parents showing their children the example of putting a dollar in the kettle, sharing what they have been blessed with and giving to those in need.”

The Salvation Army provides a wide range of services in the city of El Paso including emergency shelter, daily meals, a Family Store, emergency assistance and much more. “I see the work of The Salvation Army here in my city as well as around the world. They really practice what they preach,” said Thomas. “They have a heart for people and I am so happy to be able to give back for how they helped me and my family.”

Asked if he’s ready to ring again this year, Tomas replied, “I’ve already got my application in. As long as God gives me the strength I’ll always be ready to ring the bell.”

 

Galveston Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Event Postponed

Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Event Postponed

TEXAS CITY (September 2021) – The Women’s Auxiliary of The Salvation Army announced that the Boots & BBQ event scheduled for October 14 is being postponed due to ongoing covid concerns and scheduling issues. The new date is to be determined.

The event will honor the City of Texas City for the amazing support received by The Salvation Army during the rebuilding of the Texas City corps which opened in September 2020 at 4801 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway. The Salvation Army of Texas City offers emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities, food assistance and an afterschool Boys & Girls Club. For more information visit SalvationArmyGalvestonCounty.org or call 409-935-1190.
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About The Salvation Army
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 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Salvation Army Providing Meals and Food Boxes in Brazoria County after Hurricane Nicholas

Dallas, Texas (September 15, 2021) – Hurricane Nicholas slowly moved through Southeast Texas on Tuesday, bringing with it heavy rainfall and isolated wind damage. The Salvation Army continues to assess and monitor the impact of the storm throughout the area, with two units actively serving in the area.

The Salvation Army received a request on Monday evening from the City of Freeport to establish a shelter at the local Recreation Center. “We worked with the City of Freeport to set up the shelter on Monday night as the storm approached and woke up Tuesday morning to significant wind damage and much of Brazoria County without power,” said Captain Justin Vincent, of The Salvation Army in Freeport. “On Tuesday, our team worked to delivered water and hot meals to some of the hardest hit areas in our community. We want to assure those affected that The Salvation Army will do all we can to help.”

The Freeport Corps served nearly 400 meals on Tuesday, all prepared at the Corps. In addition, the mobile feeding unit from The Salvation Army Bryan/College Station deployed to Brazoria County and served in Lake Jackson. They will serve in Lake Jackson again on Wednesday.

“We are sending pallets of water and food boxes from the Beaumont warehouse to support the efforts of the Freeport Corps,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “Although there have been significant power outages, fortunately, rainfall associated with Nicholas was less than forecast limiting anticipated flooding. We continue to assess damage and local needs and will be looking particularly at the Matagorda Bay area today, coordinating with Service Extension staff and volunteers.”

Feeding operations are being established in Bay City, Texas today with additional mobile feeding units remain on standby as localized service continues. In Freeport, The Salvation Army served 383 meals, 510 drinks, and 245 snacks on Tuesday.

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.

 

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.

Partnerships Increase Meals and Support in Southern Bayou Communities

Gonzales, LA (September 12, 2021) – Since Hurricane Ida battered the coastline of Louisiana on Sunday, August 29, The Salvation Army Gonzales Incident Command has steadily expanded service deep into small southern bayou communities, some of the hardest hit and most underserved areas. Mobile feeding units and supply distributions are providing meals and practical support to the area, much of which remains without power.

A three-day supply distribution, completed on Saturday, at South Terrebonne High School in Bourg delivered much needed items to storm survivors. Individuals and families received 709 tarps, 4,108 2.5-gallon boxes of water, 5,660 hygiene kits, 2,945 food boxes, 969 infant supplies, and 5,336 cleanup kits.

Post storm, The Salvation Army quickly established two Command Posts to coordinate the statewide response to Hurricane Ida. One is based in New Orleans, and the second, in Gonzales just outside of Baton Rouge, is coordinated by the Texas Incident Management Team (IMT). “The focus of the response effort has increasingly shifted south into bayou communities that were hammered by the storm. They have sustained significant damage and the majority still do not have power and have been told it could be the beginning of October before electricity is restored,” said Alvin Migues, Incident Commander for the Gonzales IMT. “One of the many challenges has been the substantial distance from the command post and field kitchen to these communities, especially as traffic in the area increases. The crews based in Gonzales are now driving an average of 90 minutes each way, delaying service.”

Migues and his team have been actively working with local law enforcement, community agencies, and corporate partners in southern Louisiana, and have developed a solution to at least part of the problem. On Sunday, September 12, a second field kitchen, operated by Southern Baptist Disaster Response will begin producing hot food in the parking lot of Rouses Markets in Houma. “Units serving in the southern-most locations will depart Gonzales earlier in the morning, beating the traffic,” said Migues. “They’ll collect their hot food in Houma and get on with the business of helping people.”

“With power still out in the bayou area, our stores are some of the only places to get a hot meal and cold drink right now,” said Donny Rouse, CEO, Rouses Markets. “Partnering with The Salvation Army, which provides emergency relief, helps us bring even more food to our bayou communities. Their field kitchen is set up and staged in about a quarter of the parking lot of our Village East location in Houma. They will give out thousands of free meals in the coming weeks to people in need.”
“We are so grateful to Rouses Markets for allowing us to set up the kitchen on their property. Positioning closer to our service locations was crucial to the continued success of our food delivery in the hardest hit communities,” said Migues.

Supplies were delivered to Grand Isle on Friday, a community located on the southern tip of the Louisiana coast that has experienced significant damaged. Cleanup kits and breakfast boxes were made available to residents who have been allowed back to assess damage to their homes. “We are planning to have a mobile feeding unit in Grand Isle beginning Tuesday, providing a hot meal, water, and emotional and spiritual care to residents, power workers, and law enforcement,” said Migues.

On Sunday, mobile units will be serving in Golden Meadow, Galliano, Shriver, Chauvin, Cut Off, Larose (2 units), Monagut, Houma, Bayou Blue, Lockport, Albany, Gray, and LaPlace. Service addresses can be found at https://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/aboutus/?IdaFacts.

The mobile units from the Gonzales IMT have served 181,682 meals, 72,144 drinks, and 45,617 snacks, making 13,012 emotional and spiritual care contacts since 8/31/21. The Salvation Army has served 312,246 meals, 169,805 drinks, and 77,548 snacks, across the state in response to Hurricane Ida, activating 50 mobile feeding units.

To make a financial donation to support ongoing Hurricane Ida relief efforts, go to helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest disaster response information, go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.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.

Retired US Marine Paying it Forward with The Salvation Army

Gonzales, LA (September 11, 2021) – Javier Esquivel first encountered The Salvation Army while serving in New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as a US Marine. Sixteen years later, he’s spent the last two weeks paying it forward while working on a Salvation Army mobile feeding unit, providing hot meals and encouragement to communities in southern Louisiana.

“I was deployed to New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina and we were responsible to patrol the streets. The city was flooded and there had been a bunch of looting,” said Esquivel. “I remember knocking on doors checking that elderly residents were safe. We got a lot of people out of there.”

Esquivel vividly recalls a Salvation Army mobile kitchen roaming the streets of New Orleans, serving meals to the Marines and other first responders. “There wasn’t much support down there and I’ll never forget seeing this little Salvation Army truck, from Temple, Texas, coming around the corner and feeding me and my guys. An older couple were in there dishing up the food with a smile and a ‘God bless you!’ And here I am, sixteen years later working with The Salvation Army, paying it forward to people in Louisiana. Amazing!”

Now, a Salvation Army employee in Houston, working at The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services warehouse, Esquivel was quick to volunteer to serve after Hurricane Ida. “I’m always ready to help in any way I can and was honored to be asked to serve in Louisiana,” said Esquivel. “Me and my mobile feeding unit partner Mr. Lowell fed a lot of people this week.”

Sadly, Esquivel received word that his Aunt passed away earlier this week and had to cut his deployment short in order to attend the funeral in McAllen, Texas. Plans were made for him to leave on Wednesday morning, however, on Tuesday evening he returned from a busy, fulfilling day of service and requested to stay one additional day. “I really wanted to serve the people just one more day and a Marine never leaves his post,” said Esquivel. “They have lost so much and need the food and help from The Salvation Army. I can travel back to Houston on Thursday and drive to the Valley on Friday.” The pair of dedicated volunteers from Houston served 1,500 meals on Thursday in Larose, LA.

The final day of The Salvation Army supply distribution at South Terrebonne High School (3879 LA-24, Bourg, LA, 70343) will take place on Saturday, September 11 from 9 AM- 1 PM. A mobile feeding unit will also be stationed at the High School serving hot meals. On Friday, individuals and families received 300 tarps, 2,555 2.5-gallon boxes of water, 3,240 hygiene kits, 1,240 food boxes, 274 infant supplies, and 3,896 cleanup kits.

“The supply distribution at the High School has been very successful,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “It was very challenging to put this distribution together in such a short time. Logistics, staffing, and securing and moving product to Bourg needed critical and strategic thinking. I’ve got an excellent team who worked out all the details and with the help of some local law enforcement and contacts, we got it done.”

The Salvation Army continues to expand service south reaching the hardest hit communities. On Saturday, mobile units will be serving in Golden Meadow, Galliano, Shriver, Chauvin, Cut Off, Larose (2 units), Monagut, Houma, Bayou Blue, Lockport, Albany, Gray, and LaPlace. Service addresses can be found at https://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/aboutus/?IdaFacts. Clean up kits and breakfast boxes were delivered to Grand Isle on Friday as residents were allowed to return for the first time and assess damage to their homes.

The mobile units from the Gonzales IMT have served 169,305 meals, 70,468 drinks, and 43,324 snacks, making 11,739 emotional and spiritual care contacts since 8/31/21. The Salvation Army has served 289,986 meals, 161,166 drinks, and 74,805 snacks, across the state in response to Hurricane Ida, activating 49 mobile feeding units.

To make a financial donation to support ongoing Hurricane Ida relief efforts, go to helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest disaster response information, go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.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.

Emotional and Spiritual Care Officers Deploy with Texas Command Units

Gonzales, LA (September 10, 2021) – Ten Salvation Army Officers (pastors), with specific training in Emotional and Spiritual Care (ESC) during disaster response, arrived in Gonzales on Wednesday afternoon. The ESC Officers deployed on Thursday with mobile feeding unit crews ready to meet and minister to storm survivors in impacted communities in Louisiana,

Captain Jeremiah Romack, the Senior Kroc Center Officer in Kerrville, Texas, is responsible to coordinate the ESC efforts. “I am so pleased to have the ESC Officers in place at the Gonzales Command Post. Our crews have been doing a tremendous job over the last 10 days or so ministering to the practical needs of Hurricane Ida survivors by providing more than 150,000 meals,” said Romack. “We are now in a position to expand that practical ministry with a focus on how folks are dealing with their respective situations emotionally and spiritually. People are under a great deal of stress and pressure right now. Our team are prepared and ready to listen, encourage, and most importantly pray with those they meet.”

The mobile feeding unit staff and volunteers typically work in pairs. They are responsible to drive to their pre-determined location, set up the service area, unload the containers of food, and serve as many as 1,200 meals. “The addition of an ESC Officer not only lends an extra set of hands during set up and tear down, but also means that someone is readily available to greet those coming for a meal, and just spend a little more time in conversation and sharing with each person,” said Romack.

Officers in the ESC team are from the Potomac and North & South Carolina Divisions. They will be deployed in southern Louisiana for 14 days. “In Lockport, while picking up a hot meal, a community member said to me, ‘I knew that Jesus was here when I saw The Salvation Army truck pull up,’” said Lt. Jimmy Pierre, ESC Officer from Burlington, North Carolina. “That’s what our ministry is all about.”

The Salvation Army will continue a supply distribution at South Terrebonne High School (3879 LA-24, Bourg, LA, 70343) on Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11 from 9 AM- 1 PM. A mobile feeding unit will also be stationed at the High School serving hot meals. On Thursday, individuals and families from bayou communities visiting the High School distribution received 140 tarps, 2288 boxes of water (2.5 gallons per box), 2000 hygiene kits, 1040 food boxes, 224 infant kits, 4480 PepsiCo breakfast boxes, and 2496 clean up kits.

“Distributions play a vital role in a community’s recovery. Several days after the storm, families are ready to get back into their homes, but need support to keep them there as they start to rebuild,” said Kathleen Kouns, Long Term Recovery Program Manager for The Salvation Army in Texas. “Clean-up kits, hygiene kits, food boxes and tarps provide that essential support to sustain families, provide hope, and cultivate a sense of normalcy during their recovery process.”

The Salvation Army continues to expand service south reaching the hardest hit communities. On Friday, mobile units will be serving in Golden Meadow (2 units), Galliano, Dulac, Chauvin, Cut Off, Larose (3 units), Houma, Bayou Blue, Lockport, Albany, Gray, LaPlace, and Bourg (South Terrebonne High School). Service addresses can be found at https://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/aboutus/?IdaFacts. Cleanup kits and other supplies will be provided to residents of Grand Isle who will be allowed to return and assess damage to their homes for the first time, on Friday.

The mobile units from the Gonzales IMT have served 150,711 meals, 68,021 drinks, and 38,005 snacks, making 9,582 emotional and spiritual care contacts since 8/31/21. The Salvation Army has served 262872 meals, 151072 drinks, and 68200 snacks, across the state in response to Hurricane Ida, activating 49 mobile feeding units.

To make a financial donation to support ongoing Hurricane Ida relief efforts, go to helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest disaster response information, go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.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.

 

Teenager Collaborates with Salvation Army to Support Underserved Communities

Gonzales, LA (September 9, 2021) – While service delivery continues throughout impacted communities in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida, The Salvation Army Texas Incident Management Team (IMT) is focusing on reaching some of the hardest hit southern Bayou communities. While visiting affected areas on Wednesday, Salvation Army staff met a young lady who is doing incredible work supporting recovery efforts in her community.

 

Lindsey Dupre is 19 years old. She is a volunteer firefighter in Point Au Chene, LA, running emergency calls for the area, while studying nursing with the goal to eventually work with Arcadian Ambulance. Since Hurricane Ida tore through the region, Lindsey has been tirelessly working to help her neighbors and community.

 

“The Fire Chief told us the storm was going to be a bad one, so we evacuated on Saturday before Hurricane Ida made landfall,” said Lindsey. “We drove to Sulphur, LA, and didn’t come back until Friday. On Monday morning I started working to get help for our community and establish a distribution point for people in Point Au Chene and the other bayou communities down here.”

 

The fire station was significantly damaged by the hurricane, and the Fire Chief said that Lindsey could set up the distribution in front of the station which is next door to her family’s home. “I decided I would do this for my community and just told myself I could make it happen,” said Lindsey.

 

Alvin Migues and Kathleen Kouns from The Salvation Army Texas IMT continued needs assessment in affected areas on Wednesday. Managing a fleet of 18 mobile feeding units delivering hot meals, water, and emotional and spiritual care into the region, the pair met Lindsey in Point Au Chene. “Our team has begun to focus its relief efforts on small southern bayou communities that were unable to receive emergency assistance due to impassable roadways and no power,” said Kouns, Long Term Recovery Program Manager for The Salvation Army in Texas. “As cellphone and internet service has improved, we’ve been able to connect with locals like Lindsey, asses their needs, and deliver relief items into the heart of these communities.”

 

A box truck from The Salvation Army pulled into Point Au Chene on Thursday, loaded with pallets of water, cleanup kits, hygiene kits, tarps, and food boxes provided by Midwest Food Bank, a long-time disaster partner. Staff were even able to secure pet food to be distributed by volunteers, coordinated by Lindsey.

 

“The Salvation Army came back, just like they said they would. The need is great and the further you drive the more devastation there is,” said Lindsey. “There are Indian tribes living further down the bayou and they have been hit really hard and are looking to us for help. I’d like to thank The Salvation Army for recognizing our small community. We wouldn’t have important items like the cleanup kits, tarps, or food boxes without them. It’s really a massive help.”

 

Information is slow to reach and make it out of this area of Louisiana which has not received any media coverage related to storm damage. “One of the major challenges has been letting those who want to help know about the needs and challenges down here,” said Lindsey. “That’s what makes it all the more amazing to me that The Salvation Army reached out and arrived with support today.”

 

Only a few miles away, at South Terrebone High School where Lindsey helps teach band, The Salvation Army will provide a three-day distribution of clean up kits, food boxes, baby supplies, water (Primo Purified Water 2.6 gallons), hygiene kits, and PepsiCo Breakfast Boxes. The distribution, targeted specifically for those living in southern Bayou communities, is located at 3879 LA-24, Bourg, LA, 70343 and will be open beginning Thursday, September 9, through Saturday, September 11, from 9 AM-1 PM daily. A mobile feeding unit will also be stationed at the High School serving hot meals.

 

 

The Salvation Army continues to reach into hard-hit southern Louisiana Bayou communities. On Wednesday, mobile units will be serving in Hammond, Houma, Bourg, Golden Meadow, Gray, Lockport, Dulac, Albany, LaPlace, Chauvin, Bayou Blue, Cut Off, Larose, Galliano, Monagut, and Point Au Chene. Service addresses can be found at https://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/aboutus/?IdaFacts.

 

The mobile units from the Gonzales IMT have served 132,389 meals, 84,805 drinks, and 30,150 snacks, making 7,263 emotional and spiritual care contacts since 8/31/21. The Salvation Army has served 233,294 meals, 141,053 drinks, and 57,128 snacks, across the state in response to Hurricane Ida.

 

Many people visited the distribution site in Point Au Chene on Wednesday, collecting items and receiving a hot meal. “Lindsey is an amazing young lady and is accomplishing great things, dramatically impacting lives in her community and beyond,” said Kouns. “The Salvation Army is committed to reaching underserved, hard-hit communities, just like Point Au Chene, as we work to deliver physical, emotional, and spiritual support to those affected by Hurricane Ida.”

 

To make a financial donation to support ongoing Hurricane Ida relief efforts, go to helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest disaster response information, go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.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.

 

 

A Passion and Heart to Serve

Gonzales, LA (September 8, 2021) – When Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday, August 29, the powerful storm resulted in damage and destruction throughout southern Louisiana and beyond. For one Salvation Army employee, her passion and heart to meet the needs of others impacted by the storm mean serving in her very own neighborhood and city.

Angela Brown is from Gray, Louisiana, and is The Salvation Army Service Center Manager in Houma, LA. “Just like many of my neighbors, my home was damaged by the storm,” said Angela. “My ceiling collapsed, and I’ve had water leaking in my home, and there’ll be even more today since it’s raining. Down my street was total devastation. We had several trees fall, and power lines are down. It was bad.”

After recovering from an extended illness that prevented her from working, Angela came across an opportunity with The Salvation Army. “Once I was able, I was looking for work and particularly an opportunity where I could help people,” said Angela. “When I was ill, so many people helped me, and so I wanted to give back and serve others. So, when I found the Service Center Manager position with The Salvation Army, I knew that was the job for me. I’ve worked for The Salvation Army now for 11 years.”

Despite the damage to her own home, Angela and her daughter have spent most of this week volunteering. They’ve worked alongside Salvation Army mobile kitchen crews from Texas, providing meals, water, and encouragement to her neighbors in Gray, Houma, and surrounding communities. She has served as a liaison within her community, making connections that have enabled The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services team to provide swift and effective assistance in the most impacted locations.

Angela spent Sunday afternoon working with volunteers from Lubbock, Texas, stationed at a gas station in her home city of Gray. “A steady line of cars drove through to receive a hot meal. It appeared that Angela knew almost everyone in line,” said Philip Burn, Public Information Officer for the Texas Incident Management Team. “It was wonderful to see her greeting her friends, responding with a smile and a word of encouragement, as she delivered the meals and water.”

“I’m out here helping because that’s my passion, to help people. I ride around town, and I see some of these people, and they have nothing,” said Angela. “What I have lost I can get back. But some of these people have houses that have literally fallen to the ground, so I want to help them recover in any way I possibly can. And if today that help is in the form of a hot meal, I’m happy that I can represent The Salvation Army in this community and be a helping hand to them.”

 

Angela’s home city and much of the surrounding area continue to be without power since Hurricane Ida moved through the area little more than a week ago. It could be several weeks before electricity is restored. Many residents are facing an uncertain future with damaged houses and no answers in sight.

“The people in our community need our help,” said Angela. “We need donations and volunteers. Now is the time for us to come together, stand together, and begin to rebuild.”

To make a financial donation to support ongoing Hurricane Ida relief efforts, go to helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest disaster response information, go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.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.