Salvation Army Support Continues in Van, Texas Following Tornado

Dallas, Texas (May 12, 2015) – More than 200 meals were served in the community of Van by The Salvation Army disaster team from nearby Tyler on Monday and Tuesday. Meanwhile the mobile kitchen and teams from The Salvation Army in Abilene were hard at work delivering assistance to first responders, survivors, and work crews in Cisco.

Located about 70 miles southeast of Dallas, the city of Van has a population of 2,600 and it is estimated that more than 150 homes were destroyed or sustained major damage following Sunday’s tornado. The Salvation Army Canton Service Unit is preparing to provide Emergency Assistance to families in Van in addition to the delivery of food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care from the Tyler mobile kitchen.

In Cisco The Salvation Army has been working closely with the local emergency authorities to help coordinate volunteers and provide support. Crews from the Abilene Salvation Army served first responders and a second team visited with several families in the worst affected areas offering pastoral care and supplies.

The Texas Division Emergency Disaster Services department continues to carefully monitor the continuing flooding threat with more rain forecast this week. To make a financial donation to support the disaster response in Van please go to

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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.


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. 81 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.