Greater Houston Facebook Page Now Features Canteen Updates

Houston, Texas (September 13, 2017) – Salvation Army workers from across the United States and Canada continue to serve in Houston supporting efforts in the area in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Twenty-three (23) mobile kitchens and response teams, with an average individual capacity to each serve 1,000 meals per day, continue to provide hot meals, snacks, and hydration to Hurricane Harvey survivors, in addition to clean-up kits and other supplies. The Salvation Army of Greater Houston Facebook page now features updates on locations of mobile feeding units. https://www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyHouston/

As of Sept. 12, in the Greater Houston Area, The Salvation Army has provided:

Meals

  • 161,227 meals
  • 108,154 snacks
  • 133,872 drinks

Emotional & Spiritual Care

  • 7,924 spiritual care contacts

Donations Management and Distribution

  • 5,109 comfort/hygiene kits (per kit)
  • 3,356 infant supplies
  • 641 blankets
  • 1,547 cleanup Kits
  • 2,441 clothing
  • 3,065 food boxes
  • 5,369 cases of water

Donations to support the relief work of The Salvation Army can be made online at www.helpsalvationarmy.org, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by texting STORM to 51555, or by check (designated “Hurricane 2017”) mailed to PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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How a Lion Named Judah is Bringing Smiles to Survivors in Beaumont

Beaumont, Texas (September 13, 2017) – “He’s a scruffy fella.” That’s how Mona McKenzie described their mobile kitchen mascot. Mona, is a volunteer responding as part of The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas’ Golden Triangle. She came to Beaumont, Texas to serve from her home in Eden Prairie, Minnesota where she regularly volunteers with The Salvation Army.

“We needed a mascot, so I looked and looked and found this lion. It was perfect.” Mona said. “I named him, Judah.  Jesus is the Lion of Judah. And who is the King of The Jungle?  Jesus!” Judah watches over the canteen staff and serves as a conversation starter for those who come up to the window for a hot meal.

“I tell people, lions are the King of the Jungle, strong, and you are Texas strong.” Mona was excited as she talked with Judah perched on her shoulder. “I hope that just little words of encouragement like that remind them they can do it and they are special,” Mona continued. “I want each person who comes to our canteen to understand they are important.”

Talking about Judah, Mona shares, “He rides right up front until we get to our site, and then he moves to the back with us.” Everyone can see him while the committed Salvation Army volunteers serve hot, nutritious meals to those impacted by the widespread flooding from Harvey. “The kids love seeing him. And just light-up all smiles when I tell them Judah knows how strong they are.”

He’s a little lion, but he represents something much bigger. Scruffy Judah stands for the message of strength and hope. This little lion is there to help people open up, to share their story. Judah, through his unassuming presence, relays calm and peace to all who see him.

As of September 12, The Salvation Army has served 485,023 meals, 441,821 snacks, and 549,959 drinks statewide in response to Hurricane Harvey. Emotional Spiritual Care Officers have spoken with 27,167 first responders and survivors.

You can support the ongoing relief work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at to www.helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800- SAL-ARMY, text STORM to 51555.

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. To access photo and video resources related to The Salvation Army Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.salvationarmysouth.org/harvey.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Refuge from the Storm in Augusta Georgia

Augusta, Georgia (September 12, 2017) – The threat of a category 5 hurricane is enough to unnerve anyone in its projected path of destruction. That’s why Regina Scott and her family made the decision to evacuate Brunswick, Georgia.

It was on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 2:00 p.m. that Regina Scott, her son, daughter and 8 grandchildren had to quickly pack and make the trek from Brunswick to Augusta, Georgia. The plan was to stay with Regina’s brother who lives in Augusta, but after arriving it became clear that there would not be enough room to house the large family.

After looking around town Regina realized she and her family had nowhere to go. “We had no place to stay,” recalls Regina, “So my daughter googled shelters around Augusta and ended up finding this one.”

The shelter Regina’s daughter found is located at Patriots Park, a shelter that happened to be partnered with the Salvation Army.

When asked about their time in the shelter Regina said, “I’m thankful that we are all together and safe. The food was great. The Salvation Army did a wonderful job. They give you breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are snacks and activities all day. Bedtime is at 10:00 p.m., but you can still stay up if you want to in the dining area to talk and play games. They have just been wonderful. The kids think they are on vacation. They are having a wonderful time and everyone has been so nice.”

Regina and her family are thankful for a safe place to stay, as Brunswick is not expected to open until Thursday. “Overall, it’s been a great experience considering it’s my first time staying in a shelter,” said Regina.

For many like Regina, The Salvation Army may be their only shelter from the storm in their time of need. And for those who seek shelter, it comes as a warm comfort to know there will always be a place of safe refuge for them called The Salvation Army.

Those who want to help people directly affected by recent hurricanes are asked to donate in the following ways:

Online: helpsalvationarmy.org

Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

Text to give: text STORM to 51555

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmymusa.org and follow the disaster services team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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The Salvation Army ALM Serving on Two Fronts, Waiting for Irma

JACKSON, MS – The Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi is working to help residents affected by Harvey in Texas as well as evacuees leaving Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma. Currently, twelve mobile feeding trucks or canteens with staff are working to provide food, drinks, snacks and emotional and spiritual care in several parts of Texas.

As of Friday evening, The Salvation Army in Dothan and Selma, Alabama will support shelters through food service for Florida residents leaving their homes in front of Irma.

“This is an unprecedented month with two major hurricanes expected to make landfall,” said Terry Lightheart. Emergency/Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. “This is an all hands-on deck situation for equipment and personnel from across the South and nation. This division will be providing both equipment and personnel to Texas and in Florida.”

The ALM Division is expected to send specialized equipment to Florida following Hurricane Irma including a communication trailer designed to aid communication with the storm potentially knocking out power, cell service and wireless internet.

“Communication is vital so we can help the most residents. This trailer allows us to keep the lines of communication open with our personnel so we can meet the needs of those affected by the storm,” said Lightheart.

The Salvation Army will also provide food, emotional and spiritual care, and comfort kits to areas affected the most following the storm.

“This is our most vital service and what people expect when they see the shield on our trucks. To get into the devastated areas with food, drinks and a simple conversation means a great deal to those who have lost so much during these terrible storms,” said Lightheart.

How People Can Help

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.

Online: helpsalvationarmy.org 

Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY 

Mail Checks to

The Salvation Army PO Box 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301   

 Please designate “Hurricane Harvey” on all checks. 

Text to Give: STORM to 51555

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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The Salvation Army of Florida Activates All Units as Irma Threatens the State

Tampa, FL – While Florida residents are evacuating their communities in Hurricane Irma’s wake, Salvation Army units across the state are leaning in, ready to serve the affected communities with simple comforts: food, water and compassion.

All 47 Salvation Army units – from Pensacola to south Florida – are on standby and eager to assist residents in need.

Along with the 32 canteens (mobile kitchens), The Salvation Army also has a fleet of equipment which includes two bunkhouses, two shower trailers, one generator and a Ford utility truck, which will be deployed as needed to the Hurricane Irma impacted areas. The Salvation Army has more than 3,000 trained volunteers and staff in Florida, ready to offer a warm meal, bottled water, coffee or offer emotional and spiritual care.

The Salvation Army is currently working on establishing five strategic staging areas which include Miami, Fort Myers, Palm Beach County, Vero Beach and Fort Lauderdale.

“As the situation in south Florida continues to be dire, we want residents to know, they can count on The Salvation Army to help get them through this disaster,” said Major David Erickson, General Secretary for The Salvation Army of Florida.

The state headquarters of The Salvation Army in Tampa began sending shelf-stable meals and bottled water earlier this week to pre-stage in south Florida and serving shelter residents around the state.

“This scenario is one that will require neighbor helping neighbor, community helping community and supporting our brothers and sisters,” said Major Keath Biggers, the area commander for The Salvation Army in Broward County.
 
Disaster work is in The Salvation Army’s DNA, beginning in the 1900 Galveston hurricane. The ministry continues to grow and is a vital part of every Salvation Army unit in the country. Today, The Salvation Army utilizes mobile canteens to cook and distribute food to residents in need in the aftermath of a disaster – both local and major.

In times of disaster, The Salvation Army works with its partners at the Emergency Operations Center to coordinate relief efforts for the impacted area.

Mobile kitchens are prepared to serve up to 1,500 meals a day.  The Salvation Army also has two semi-truck size field kitchens capable of making more than 20,000 meals in a day.

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors as the need continues to be assessed. 

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those directly affected by the storm to visit helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text “Storm” to 51555.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted.  Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident.  However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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General Andre Cox Visits Houston in Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Houston, Texas (September 7, 2017) – The world leader of The Salvation Army, General André Cox, spent the day in Houston visiting with families impacted by Hurricane Harvey, as well as Salvation Army workers providing disaster relief. “It’s been humbling to see how The Army has been responding here in Houston. I’m not sure that I remember any time in recent history that we have had to mobilize just about all of our emergency response units on one incident,” said General Cox. “It is phenomenal to see the robust and energetic response that The Salvation Army is bringing here.”

General Cox began his day with crews preparing to head out on mobile feeding units to provide food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care. Workers from across the United States and Canada continue to serve in Houston supporting efforts in the affected area. Twenty (20) mobile kitchens and response teams, with an average individual capacity to serve 1,000 meals per day, continue to provide hot meals, snacks, and hydration to Hurricane Harvey survivors, in addition to cleanup kits and other supplies.

General Cox was joined by Majors Kent and Melody Davis, Area Commanders for the Greater Houston Area Command, Lt. Colonels Ronnie and Sharon Raymer, Divisional Commanders for the state of Texas, and Commissioner Don Bell, Territorial Commander of the Southern Territory of The Salvation Army. After mobile feeding unit crews headed out, the General visited with families in a Houston community working to recover after severe flooding. Salvation Army mobile feeding units had been there for several days distributing meals, supplies, and food boxes. “I spoke with families who were devastated. It was especially frightening because these people were already vulnerable and living in the margins,” said General Cox.

After driving through Houston streets lined with trash and debris from homes in the process of clean up and repair, the General visited The Salvation Army Aldine Westfield Corps Community Center. Every day since the rains let up, the Corps Community Center has been feeding neighbors lunch and dinner. A place of comfort for the community, it also became a distribution center for food and supplies, such as hygiene kits, infant supplies, clothing, and towels and sheets. General Cox greeted the families waiting for much-needed relief and volunteers, “I am grateful for Salvationists who are mobilizing, who are working incredibly long hours trying to get the work done in impacted communities such as this one.”

The General’s last stop in Houston was The Family Residence in midtown.The center provides a place of safety and healing for women and children 365 days a year. Many of the residents are victims of domestic violence, crime, and generational poverty. In addition to the families already in the program, the Residence took in displaced families during this crisis. The General also had an opportunity to visit the adjacent Young Adult Resource Center (YARC), that addresses the needs of a growing number of young adults ages 18 to 25 experiencing homelessness. 

Several times during the day, amid throngs of community members and disaster relief workers, General Cox offered prayers of comfort and inspiration, “We are concerned for those here addressing the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey because it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. They need prayer support. They need to know people are behind them praying. We want to be here, not just distributing meals for a couple of weeks and then moving on, but to be here to work alongside these people and support them in a journey that will likely take years.”

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Texas Response Continues as General Andre Cox Visits Houston

Dallas, Texas (September 8, 2017) – As relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey continue across Southeast Texas, the international leader of The Salvation Army, General André Cox, visited Houston Thursday. General Cox spent the day meeting with The Salvation Army leadership team, visiting with survivors, and encouraging Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers involved in the response efforts.

On Thursday morning, as teams prepared to depart for another busy day providing meals, cleanup kits and food boxes to neighborhoods throughout Houston, General Cox talked with crews and thanked them for their faithful and tireless service. The General also saw staff of the field kitchen in action as they prepared food for the day. The sight was impressive, as the unit has the capacity to provide 15,000 meals daily. Later, as food boxes and supplies were distributed to grateful survivors, General Cox spoke to residents and gave them the assurance that, “God loves you, The Salvation Army loves you, and we will be here to help.”

Incident Command teams continue to coordinate extensive Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in five areas of Texas: Houston, Victoria, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, and Dallas Fort Worth. Recent days have seen some transition in personnel as initial deployments end and replacement staff are rotated into key positions. A redistribution of staff and resources is currently underway due to the threat and anticipated response to Hurricane Irma in Florida. Needs for services, equipment, and personnel are being evaluated in each location to make sure we are efficiently and appropriately meeting the ongoing needs in Texas.

Seventy-seven mobile feeding units are serving meals and delivering support in communities throughout 25 counties along the Texas coastline. Local response units are serving evacuees in Abilene, Bryan College Station, Freeport, Galveston, Orange, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Temple, Waco, and Wharton. The Salvation Army Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex Command continues to serve evacuees at the Dallas Mega Shelter, several small shelters, and several city recreation centers. A team of Salvation Army officers are providing emotional and spiritual care at DFW area shelters — this continues to be one of the greatest needs for evacuees.

As of Sept. 7, The Salvation Army has served 311,955 meals, 255,522 snacks, and 321,093 drinks statewide in response to Hurricane Harvey. Emotional Spiritual Care Officers have spoken with 21,411 first responders and survivors; employees and volunteers have provided 42,938 hours of service.

You can support the ongoing relief work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at to www.helpsalvationarmy.org, calling 1-800- SAL-ARMY, or texting STORM to 51555.

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. To access photo and video resources related to The Salvation Army Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.salvationarmysouth.org/harvey.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Camp Hope and The Salvation Army in Port Aransas, Texas

Corpus Christi, TX (September 8, 2017) – Port Aransas, a popular beach town in Texas, was pummeled by Hurricane Harvey.  The storm devastated homes and businesses, causing many to be displaced, jobless, and hopeless. Salvation Army personnel has been providing food, water, and emotional and spiritual care to affected residents at a fixed feeding site near the Port Aransas Ferry as well as a roaming feeding truck.

While distributing meals at this feeding site, Salvation Army disaster relief personnel met Darcy Trett, a Port Aransas resident who is providing a campsite for displaced Hurricane Harvey survivors on his property.

After Hurricane Harvey, Darcy returned to his home, a small motel he converted into an affordable housing facility three years prior.  Attached to 3rd Coast Inn on Station Street in Port Aransas, only one of these seven units Darcy manages were salvageable after the storm. Though the property lacks electricity, Darcy currently resides there with a generator to help keep himself and his three dogs cool at night. 

After one of Darcy’s tenants returned to the facility and set up a tent in the courtyard, Darcy decided to provide lodging for others who lost their homes in the storm. Through advertisement on Facebook, several people displaced by Hurricane Harvey now utilize Darcy’s courtyard as a campground. There now hangs a large wooden sign over the property, designating the campground as Camp Hope

Salvation Army disaster relief personnel have grown a bond with Darcy and the current occupants at Camp Hope, by providing them with daily hot meals for lunch and dinner and offering words of encouragement.  Darcy even plays music for the campers in the evening, enabling socializing and making the best of a bad situation.

Like Darcy, The Salvation Army is providing hope to the hopeless in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

To help support the disaster relief work of The Salvation Army, donations can be made at www.helpsalvationarmy.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by texting STORM to 51555, or by check (designated “Hurricane Harvey”) mailed to PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA  30301.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Hometown Football Star Vince Young, WWE's Mark Henry, Visit Harvey Survivors

The Salvation Army of Greater Houston’s Family Residence provides a place of safety and healing for women and children. Many are escaping domestic violence, crime, and generational poverty. Others moved here to escape Hurricane Harvey. While the families work to put their lives back together, some special visitors offered an evening of respite. 

“I’m a Houstonian. I feel the pain,” said Vince Young about the impact of the storm on his hometown. Young is a free agent, who played six years in the National Football League and college football for the University of Texas.  He, along with friend Mark Henry, a professional wrestler with the WWE, stopped by the Family Residence where they laughed and joked with dozens of children.

“I grew up with nothing.  My mom did the best job she could to make sure we didn’t know we were poor.  I had a happy childhood and I don’t want these kids to know about the strife,” said Henry. “I want them to persevere and have a smile on their face and know that there are people that care about them.” 

Henry arm wrestled with the kids, who were amazed that they were winning at the game against a man who stands 6’4 and weighs 400 pounds. “I saw a lot of smiles today and it warmed my heart,” he said.

Family Residence staff member, Ruby Preston, said it was just what the parents and kids needed during this difficult time. “It really brought some cheer into their life,” said Preston.

Before they went home, Young offered this, “Stay strong. It’s going to take some time as we rebuild.  Know you are definitely in our prayers.  We love you. Whatever you may need, we are here.”

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Off-Road Vehicles Assist Disaster Relief Efforts

Corpus Christi, TX (September 6, 2017)   Just as the military has specialized equipment, The Salvation Army also has specialized equipment to help carry out our mission.  When regular vehicles cannot complete the task, The Salvation Army’s special equipment provides a way to carry out disaster relief services in areas hardest hit by mother nature.

While serving the Coastal Bend area, The Salvation Army found areas where access was very limited and there was a need for hot meals.   Since standard vehicles such as our catering trucks and canteens (mobile feeding units) were unable to reach many who were cleaning up in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, one of the pieces of our specialized equipment, a Polaris Ranger, was put into action to help deliver hot meals, snacks, water, share information and offer prayer.

The crew of the Ranger consisted of one driver and an Emotional and Spiritual Care Specialist.   The crew found they were often welcome due to The Salvation Army’s shield on the Polaris which opened “doors” even when “doors” were no longer attached.  While serving some of the residents in the area, the crew offered a cold bottle of water and a listening ear, sometimes all that was needed.    The Polaris provided access and a means of delivering resources that otherwise would not have been possible.

Major Claranne Meitrott, the ESC Specialist riding along on the Polaris, shared “I met people, expressing more concern regarding their neighbors’ loss than with their own, they would say, please check on…” With their permission, while offering prayer on their behalf, some prayed for her!

The Salvation Army’s mission is to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.  During emergency disaster response, Salvation Army personnel will do all they can and use every resource available to provide food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to those affected by devastating storms.

Donations to support the relief work of The Salvation Army can be made at www.helpsalvationarmy.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by texting STORM to 51555, or by check (designated “Hurricane Harvey”) mails to PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA  30301.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.