Polaris Generator Donation Supports Ongoing Salvation Army Recovery Efforts in Texas

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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About The Salvation Army

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.

About The PepsiCo Foundation

The PepsiCo Foundation works with employees, NGOs and local governments to focus PepsiCo resources into building innovative, scalable programs that act as catalysts for change in the essential areas of a sustainable food system—global nutrition, safe water access, effective waste management and women’s empowerment. Learn more at www.pepsico.com/sustainability/philanthropy.

PepsiCo and The PepsiCo Foundation Supporting Salvation Army Winter Relief Efforts in Texas

Dallas, TX, (February 20, 2021)Given the humanitarian crisis that Winter Storm Uri has created, PepsiCo and The PepsiCo Foundation announced plans to provide approximately 200,000 meals to Texas residents in partnership with The Salvation Army as part of its statewide response.

Food supplies in Texas have dwindled because of harsh weather conditions that have impacted transportation and availability of nutrition across the state. The Salvation Army, food banks, and other nonprofits are heroically providing aid to those in need but are struggling to meet this increased need as they, too, grapple with these logistical issues. To help, PepsiCo and The PepsiCo Foundation plan to provide:

o   22,000 breakfast and lunch shelf stable meals from The PepsiCo Foundation’s Food for Good nutrition team were delivered to The Salvation Army on Friday, 2/19

o   A $200K grant from The PepsiCo Foundation to The Salvation Army to provide more than 190,000 meals that will be supplied through both its mobile feeding units and directly to families impacted by the storm.

o   Nearly 40,000 bottles of donated Aquafina water by PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA) to local community organizations including the Houston Public Works Department and warming centers in Dallas.

As a member of the Texas community since the 1930s, PepsiCo is proud of its plans to fund a resupply of food and water desperately needed with The Salvation Army.

“We have been at home in Texas for nearly a century, so PepsiCo is committed to helping our Texas employees, partners and neighbors brave this horrific storm,” said Steven Williams, Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo Foods North America. “As food supplies have dwindled and demand continues to increase, we are working tirelessly to replenish store shelves throughout the state. And the PepsiCo Foundation plans to support The Salvation Army in Texas with approximately 200,000 meals and is mobilizing our Food for Good nutrition team on the ground. PepsiCo is committed to provide vital nutrition resources to those in need to help Texans withstand and recover.”

Meals provided in partnership with The Salvation Army are expected to include non-perishable items such as fruit, vegetables and protein along with self-care items like toothbrushes and first aid kits. Meals are expected to reach both metropolitan communities and communities with fewer than 10,000 people across Texas.

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. Throughout Texas, warming stations and emergency shelters opened offering a safe and warm environment providing food and shelter for those in need during the historically low temperatures and statewide power outages.

“The Salvation Army is grateful for the generous support of The PepsiCo Foundation as we continue to meet the needs of individuals and families throughout Texas impacted by the winter weather,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “Community and corporate partnerships, like the support received from PepsiCo, makes it possible for The Salvation Army to provide basic needs such as food, water, shelter, and spiritual and emotional care in times of crisis, and throughout the year.”

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.

Winter Storm 2021 National Media Release

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Salvation Army is meeting the needs of individuals and families affected by freezing temperatures, excessive precipitation, and power outages across the country. Amid a historic weather event that has swept across the country, The Salvation Army is offering its facilities as respite centers for warmth, feeding, and shelter for those facing homelessness and for those in need.

“The toll the pandemic has taken on Americans was already great, and now, the most vulnerable find themselves without a safe place to shelter from the sprawling winter storm,” said Commissioner Kenneth G. Hodder, national commander for The Salvation Army. “As even some of the warmest states experience below-zero temperatures, we’re prepared to serve. If needed, all of our 7,600 locations can serve as warming centers, based on local conditions and needs.”

Nationwide, The Salvation Army is prepared to open emergency warming stations for those experiencing homelessness in communities where temperatures have reached dangerous lows. The organization is also distributing cold weather clothing, mobilizing outreach units (as roads permit) to serve hot meals and beverages, feeding first responders, providing stranded travelers with temporary shelter and emergency transportation.

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:

  • The Salvation Army is providing 24/7 warming centers throughout Texas offering a safe and warm environment with food distribution and shelter during the historically low temperatures and statewide power outages
  • The Salvation Army in Poughkeepsie, New York has been wrapping scarves and gloves around light poles, so individuals who are unable to come directly to the community center for assistance can access warm clothes
  • The Salvation Army in Chicago is providing mobile outreach to bring warmth and shelter to the homeless population
  • The Salvation Army in Washington, DC continues providing hot food, beverages, winter clothing, and more through its 365-nit-per-year Grate Patrol service

In light of the pandemic, The Salvation Army has adapted service delivery with extra precautions, such as social distancing at food distribution sites, adapted feeding models and personal protective equipment requirements.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Salvation Army has provided 225 million meals, 1.6 million additional nights of shelter, and offered emotional and spiritual care to almost one million people nationwide.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s continued response, visit salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army North Texas Inclement Weather Shelters

Warming Shelters:

Shelters are opened when temperatures reach 36 degrees or below, consistentlyEach shelter is following guidelines by the city and the county, so exact protocols may vary depending on location.

 

  • In Dallas County, The Salvation Army of North Texas is operating with the continuum of care with the City of Dallas to shelter people in hotels and at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center during inclement weather nights. Call 211 for more information. The Garland Corps is also offering inclement weather shelter.

 

  • In Tarrant County, The Salvation Army of North Texas is operating with the continuum of care with the City of Fort Worth to shelter families in hotels during inclement weather nights. Call 211 for more information. The Arlington Corps is also offering inclement weather shelter in partnership with the City of Arlington.

 

 

How to Help:
If you are in a position to give financially, please consider making a gift to help provide food, electricity and shelter for our neighbors.

We’re also accepting new or gently used blankets, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, or hand warmers at any of our inclement weather shelters listed above  if it’s safe to drive.

TLMODA Partners with The Salvation Army to Distribute Food Boxes in Texas

Dallas, Texas (January 20, 2021) – Toyota Lexus Minority Owners Dealers Association (TLMODA) partnered with The Salvation Army on a Day of Service to help individuals and families who are struggling due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday, January 15, 2021, food box distribution, supported by Toyota and Salvation Army staff and volunteers, took place at Lost Pines Toyota in Bastrop, and dealerships in Cedar Park and Brownsville, Texas.

The Salvation Army has experienced heightened need in communities throughout Texas as the long-term effects of the ongoing pandemic impacts many families already struggling to make ends meet. Reduced wages or loss of employment has become a part of life to many and the decision on whether to pay outstanding bills or put food on the table is a reality to many. The food box distribution from TLMODA and The Salvation Army provided non-perishable food including pasta, rice, canned vegetables, soup, peanut butter, and snacks.Each family also received a bag of toys as the result of a donation by Mattel, and a $25 Walmart gift card.

“We are always thrilled to collaborate with community partners and businesses as we work to serve the needs of the community,” said Anthony Torres, Service Extension Representative with The Salvation Army. “This is the third time that the Toyota Lexus Minority Owners Dealers Association has partnered with The Salvation Army here in Bastrop in the last 12 months, and we are so appreciative of their practical support. The help given to those in need will help feed children and families who continue to struggle through the pandemic.”

This is the second large-scale food box distribution in multiple locations around the country supported by TMLODA and The Salvation Army.

“Last year, we partnered with The Salvation Army to create a National COVID-19 Day of Service to support families left vulnerable by the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, the demand for food has multiplied,” says TLMODA Board President Carlos Liriano. “We hope this collective effort by our TLMODA members helps feed families in our communities and provides some reprieve from the economic hardships they face on a daily basis.”

To make a donation or for more information about The Salvation Army visit our website at www.salvationarmytexas.org.

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Kicks Off at Cook Ford

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Kicks Off at Cook Ford

Texas City, TX (November 14, 2020) –

Cook Ford will host a Kettle Kick-off event at the dealership located at 2600 Palmer Highway on Friday, November 20 at 11:30. Friends of The Salvation Army are invited to come by for a ribbon cutting and to celebrate the start of the season. The kettle season officially starts on Black Friday but come retailers are opening their doors early to help with what could be a difficult season.

“Public contributions to the Red Kettle Campaign enable The Salvation Army to deliver emergency assistance and support to individuals and families who come to us in crisis, often at the very worst times of their life,” continued Major Doria. “You’ll see our red kettles and bell ringers throughout the county until Christmas Eve. With more people coming to us for help than ever before, please don’t forget to give to The Salvation Army red kettles this season.”

Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Red Kettle campaign throughout November and December. It’s easier than ever for individuals, families, groups and businesses to sign up this year! Go to www.RegisterToRing.com and select the location, day and time you would like to ring. We hope to see you at the kettle!

To give without going to a kettle, secure donations can be made online at www.SalvationArmyGalvestonCounty.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For more information on the local Salvation Army, visit the website above or call 409-763-1691.
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Cook Ford Gives to The Salvation Army and Kicks Off the Red Kettle Campaign

Texas City, TX (November 9, 2019) – Cook Ford in Texas City is providing the use of four vehicles to The Salvation Army for their 2020 Red Kettle campaign. Major Nathanael Doria, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army in Galveston County said, “It is hard to adequately express how grateful we are for this wonderful donation. There is a lot of driving involved during this season and we have a small, aging fleet of vehicles which are already in use for our current programs. This gift will make it easier for us to manage the campaign that stretches across our great county.”

Owner Kedge Cook says, “We have been blessed at Cook Ford, and it is the responsibility of those who have received much to give back to the community. We are happy to partner with The Salvation Army in this effort.”

In addition, Cook Ford will host a Kettle Kick-off event at the dealership on Friday, November 20 at 11:30. Friends of The Salvation Army are invited to come by for a ribbon cutting and to celebrate the start of the season. The kettle season officially starts on Black Friday, but this year Walmart is opening their doors to The Salvation Army on November 21 and Hobby Lobby has already started allowing bell ringers to stand at their doors. Some experts believe that giving will be down substantially this year due to the effects of the corona virus and many retailers are trying to help any way they can.

“Public contributions to the Red Kettle Campaign enable The Salvation Army to deliver emergency assistance and support to individuals and families who come to us in crisis, often at the very worst times of their life,” continued Major Doria. “You’ll see our red kettles and bell ringers throughout the county until Christmas Eve. With more people coming to us for help than ever before, please don’t forget to give to The Salvation Army red kettles this season.”

Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Red Kettle campaign throughout November and December. It’s easier than ever for individuals, families, groups and businesses to sign up this year! Go to www.RegisterToRing.com and select the location, day and time you would like to ring. We hope to see you at the kettle!

To give without going to a kettle, secure donations can be made online at www.SalvationArmyGalvestonCounty.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For more information on the local Salvation Army, visit the website above or call. Contact: Holly McDonald, Communications Director: 409-939-9013

The Salvation Army and Walmart Create More Opportunities for People…

ALEXANDRIA, VA. (Nov. 2, 2020) To help meet the unprecedented level of need this holiday season, Walmart and The Salvation Army are working together to make it even easier for people to help others this Christmas. Building upon a 40-year relationship of supporting people in need during the holiday season, Walmart and The Salvation Army are bringing hope and joy to families through the expansion of programs like Angel Tree and Red Kettles, which will be out earlier, and, for the first time ever, round-up donations to The Salvation Army in-store and online.

The economic fallout of the ongoing health crisis has led to a new population of families and individuals facing unemployment and financial hardships that are expected to last through the holidays and well into the coming year. A recent study by Columbia University showed that nearly 8 million Americans have fallen into poverty since May. As a result, The Salvation Army expects to serve up to 155 percent more people with holiday assistance this year, making fundraising efforts critical. With that in mind, both organizations are making it easier for customers to give to those in need this Christmas.

“Across the country, we are seeing an unprecedented level of need this year, and we expect that to continue into the holiday season and beyond,” said Commissioner Kenneth G. Hodder, national commander of The Salvation Army. “It’s through the support of the public and dedicated partners like Walmart that we are able to serve more than 23 million people in need each year. This year, as we continue to meet the high level of need, we’re particularly grateful for the partnership.”

The expanded partnership will involve most Walmart stores across the country and include:

  • Starting November 2, Walmart will offer customers the option to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to The Salvation Army. Customers can do this in stores at manned cash registers, on Walmart.com or through the Walmart app. The option to donate will run through December 31.
  • The Salvation Army’s Red Kettles and iconic bell ringers will be at participating Walmart stores even earlier this year, starting on Saturday, November 21. The Salvation Army is adopting nationally mandated safety protocols for physical kettles to help ensure the safety of bell ringers, donors and partners. Bell ringers will also be at select Sam’s Clubs across the country.
  • Salvation Army Angel Trees will appear in participating Walmart stores, giving local shoppers the opportunity to select a child or children from the tree and to purchase or drop off gifts onsite.
  • Those who prefer to do their shopping online can visit salvationarmyusa.org/walmart-angel-tree to find their closest Angel Tree Registry, either in-store or online. Through the site, customers can shop for gifts and have them delivered directly to a local Salvation Army.
  • Celebrities like DJ Khaled have taken up the #RescueChristmas Challenge, encouraging others to adopt an angel from The Salvation Army Angel Tree program in their hometown.

Visit RescueChristmas.org to donate or learn more about how you can help The Salvation Army rescue Christmas this year. Every donation provides help and hope to the most vulnerable, and all gifts stay within the community in which they are given. If you need services or know of someone in need, please visit SalvationArmyUSA.org to find a location near you.

Food Box Distribution to Complete Salvation Army Response Efforts in Southeast Texas

Beaumont, Texas (September 7, 2020) – More than a week after commencing extensive response efforts in Southeast Texas after Hurricane Laura, The Salvation Army is gradually demobilizing operations as power returns to many locations. Four mobile kitchens continued to serve meals on Monday, and plans are in place for food box distributions later this week.

Since Friday, August 28, The Salvation Army of Texas has served 107,411 meals, 68,172 drinks, 40,965 snacks in affected communities utilizing fourteen mobile kitchens. Trained staff and Emotional and Spiritual Care volunteers have prayed with 1,327 storm survivors.

Four Salvation Army mobile kitchens are serving food in the following fixed locations on Monday:

  • Bridge City – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 945 W. Roundbunch Rd, Bridge City, TX
  • Orange Corps – 1950 MLK Drive Orange, TX
  • Vidor – 115 W. Bolivar St, Vidor, TX
  • Deweyville High School – 171 TX-12, Deweyville, TX (TX-12 & HWY 87)

 

“We are very proud of the dedication and hard work of our Salvation Army staff and volunteers this week in Beaumont and the surrounding area. Several communities have been without power and our teams did a great job of providing hot-meals, water and encouragement to those affected by Hurricane Laura,” said Alvin Migues, Director of The Salvation Army Disaster Services in Texas. “In the space of ten days we have served more than 107,000 meals in very hot and humid conditions with heat advisories in place for several of those days. Thank you to each volunteer, employee and corporate partner who stepped up to make this response effort possible. Your efforts have made a difference in the lives of so many.”

The Salvation Army will coordinate two distribution sites this week:

  • Tuesday, September 8: Vidor Distribution site located at Love and Truth Church (145 W Bolivar St, Vidor TX 77662).
  • Wednesday, September 9: Deweyville Distribution site located at Deweyville High School (43200 HWY 87s, Orange, TX 77632). Volunteers needed.

At these locations, staff and volunteers will be passing out food boxes, frozen chicken, and other items as available. Set up at both locations will begin at 11 AM, and distribution to the public will take place between 12-3 PM. Volunteers are needed to support The Salvation Army distribution and can help from 11:30 AM-4 PM.

“Since August 31st, The Salvation Army has utilized local volunteers to assist with response initiatives in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. Many of these volunteers are associated with nonprofit service organizations, such as The Rotary Club of Beaumont and United Way of Beaumont, which focus on providing services to communities in need,” said Kathleen Kouns, Disaster Volunteer and Training Coordinator for The Salvation Army in Texas. “In addition to these service networks, The Salvation Army has worked closely with Exxon Mobil’s Public and Government Affairs Division to utilize employee volunteers as well as local Church groups and good Samaritans. With their help, communities within Orange, Newton, Jefferson, Jasper, Sabine, and Calcasieu Counties have received more than 107,000 meals from mobile food canteens and temporary distribution sites. Volunteers have also organized The Salvation Army disaster warehouse, located in Beaumont, to enable faster inbound and outbound deliveries of essential items.”

As The Salvation Army continues to reach communities in the Golden Triangle, volunteers play an essential role in day-to-day operations as well as long-term recovery initiatives. For more information on how to join efforts, please visit texaseds.volunteers@uss.salvationarmy.org or sign up for current volunteer positions available at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4CAFAA2FA7F5C43-hurricane1.”

The best way to support the disaster work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest information please 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.

The Hands and Feet of Jesus in Orange, Texas

Orange, Texas (September 5, 2020) –The Salvation Army Officers, staff and volunteers in Orange, Texas, have spent the last week tirelessly providing meals and prayerful support to their community that sustained significant damage and power loss after Hurricane Laura. Thousands of residents have come to The Salvation Army and received hot meals and water from the drive thru distribution each day. The building has been without power since the storm and team members have continued to help others, despite their own challenges. On Friday morning, the Texas Baptist Men arrived at The Salvation Army unannounced, with chainsaws and heavy equipment in tow, ready to serve those who have been on the frontline of service since the storm.

Captain Jan Zuniga, Commanding Officer at The Salvation Army in Orange, appeared on a FOX 4 TV news interview on Thursday evening, stood outside by the church playground. During the interview she explained what The Salvation Army has been doing to help people after Hurricane Laura, how many meals have been served, and the plans for continued assistance in the coming days. All the while, viewers could see several large trees and debris from the storm strewn around the playground in the background.

Rocky Mize, an Orange resident and volunteer with the Texas Baptist Men, was sat at home watching the news as Captain Zuniga spoke of the work of The Salvation Army. Mize has been volunteering since the storm with the Texas Baptist Men working to remove fallen trees and clean up debris from homes and streets in the community. “Watching that interview and knowing what The Salvation Army does to help people in need, I knew that we had to do something,” said Mize. “I got in touch with my crew and we agreed to start our day on Friday at The Salvation Army and get their property and playground cleaned up. They are the hands and feet of Jesus to so many, and we were blessed to be that for them.”

“The Texas Baptist Men showed up with their chainsaws and got right to work,” said Zuniga. “In no time at all the fallen trees were gone and the whole place was cleaned up. In a beautiful gesture, Rocky carved a cross into the stump of a tree that had come down in the storm. This cross will remain as a constant reminder of God’s love and providential care for us. We want to say a huge thank you to the Texas Baptist Men for their hard work, not only at The Salvation Army, but also as they help residents throughout the area.”

Since Friday, The Salvation Army has served 91,891 meals, 60,580 drinks, 32,195 snacks in affected communities. Trained staff and Emotional and Spiritual Care volunteers have prayed with 1,092 storm survivors.

Five Salvation Army mobile kitchens are serving food in the following fixed locations in Texas on Saturday:

  • Bridge City – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 945 W. Roundbunch Rd, Bridge City, TX
  • Orange Corps – 1950 MLK Drive Orange, TX
  • Vidor – 115 W. Bolivar St, Vidor, TX
  • Deweyville High School – 171 TX-12, Deweyville, TX (TX-12 & HWY 87)
  • Mauriceville – Market Basket, 11916 Hwy 62-N, Mauriceville

 

Eight mobile kitchens from The Salvation Army in Texas continue to provide meals in Lake Charles, LA.

The best way to support the disaster work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest information please 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.