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The Salvation Army Serving Following Shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas

San Antonio, Texas (November 6, 2017) – Officers and staff from The Salvation Army in San Antonio were deployed to provide emotional and physical support within hours of the tragic shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday.  

The Salvation Army’s mobile kitchen arrived on the scene at around 5:30 PM and Officers spent time ministering to relatives as they waited on word about their family members. “We were able to give water and snacks but most importantly we listened to many of the families share stories about their missing families. We prayed with many of the families,â€� said Major Carolynn Webb, Associate Area Commander, The Salvation Army – San Antonio Metropolitan Area Command.

It is anticipated that The Salvation Army will continue to provide emotional and spiritual care to the community, serving three meals a day to first responders at the scene for at least the next 72 hours. Several Salvation Army Officers are available to speak with and pray with family members.

“We have all been shaken by the tragic events of Sunday afternoon in the beautiful community of Sutherland Springs,� said Lt. Colonel Ronnie Raymer, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army in Texas. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by this atrocity and especially those who have lost loved ones and have injured family members. The Salvation Army will remain in the community providing nourishment, with listening ears and praying hearts, for as long as we are requested to serve.�

Emotional and spiritual care is a unique aspect of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, with trained personnel available to speak to and pray with disaster survivors and first responders in times of crisis and stress.

For up to date information on The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

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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Salvation Army Staged for Deployment as Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall

Salvation Army Staged for Deployment as Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall

The Salvation Army in Texas is ready to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers as Hurricane Harvey, upgraded to a category 4 hurricane, makes landfall, Friday evening into early Saturday morning. Disaster units are staged and ready to serve, and additional resources from throughout the country are ready to mobilize and offer additional assistance as needed.

A total of 42 mobile kitchens – each with the capacity to serve an average of 1,500 meals per day – are headed to forward staging areas in Dallas and San Antonio in preparation for deployment. 10 of those units are from The Salvation Army in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Disaster response leadership teams will be positioned in San Antonio, Galveston/Texas City, Houston and Corpus Christi to coordinate the ongoing disaster response.

“We will be staging a supply of water, cleanup kits, food, and shelter supplies at our 100,000 square foot disaster warehouse in Arlington and we are hopeful that we can identify additional warehouse facilities close to the worst affected areas in the coming days,” said Alvin Migues, The Salvation Army Emergency Services Director for Texas. “We are grateful to our partners during times of disaster like Americares who are providing bottled water and the Midwest Food Bank who have four tractor trailers of food boxes headed for Texas.”

Salvation Army units throughout the state are working closely with local Emergency Operations Centers and community partners. Many have opened their doors as emergency shelters and others are supporting city and American Red Cross shelter operations with mass feeding. In Corpus Christi The Salvation Army provided 164 heater meals on Friday and have distributed 2,000 snacks and 1,200 bottles of water since Thursday at the FEMA dome and to evacuees boarding buses to San Antonio.

“The Salvation Army is already at work in many communities that find themselves in the path of the storm and has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900,” said Migues. “We are committed to serving the needs of those impacted as long as is necessary.”

To make a financial donation to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800- SAL-ARMY.

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.

Disaster Service Begins After Harvey Landfall in Texas

Disaster Service Begins After Harvey Landfall in Texas

Salvation Army disaster teams from Texas are traveling the length and breadth of the Lone Star State headed to the staging area in San Antonio following Harvey making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane. From there they will be deployed to the areas of greatest need as the devastation caused by the storm becomes apparent.

In Corpus Christi, Salvation Army staff spent the night alongside first responders and law enforcement personnel at the FEMA dome. Led by Captain Patrick Gesner, the team served coffee and meals throughout the day. “We ventured out in the early hours and it appeared that The Salvation Army building was intact. We collected some extra food from our freezer and fired up the generator on the mobile kitchen.,” said Captain Gesner. “We’ve already been serving coffee this morning and the police and first responders have expressed how pleased they are we are here. Our focus today will be cooking and serving meals at the FEMA dome while the city assessment is taking place.”

Captain Gesner and his team, including Gustavo Perez, Business Manager, and Yamid Duarte, Communications Director, delivered food to one of the city shelters at Robstown Seale Junior High on Saturday morning. “We delivered hot dogs and about 900 bottles of water to the shelter which was housing around 50 people,” said Duarte. “Our team, although exhausted responded to as many requests for assistance as possible. We were excited to see the mobile kitchen from the Laredo Corps arrive this afternoon!” 1,200 meals, 300 snacks, and 45 cases of water were distributed in Corpus Christi on Saturday.

The Texas Division fleet of 34 mobile kitchens will be joined by 10 units from the neighboring Oklahoma Arkansas Division along with an Incident Management Team. The Florida Division has deployed two mobile bunk houses and two shower units to Texas.

Flooding remains a major concern for the coming days with torrential rain forecast as the storm stalls over South Texas. A Salvation Army team and two feeding units from Austin will visit hard-hit Victoria first thing on Sunday morning as the needs assessment continues. It is expected that a number of mobile kitchens will be deployed to affected communities along the coastline on Sunday while others remain in anticipation of service needs in San Antonio where many evacuees have sought shelter.

To make a financial donation to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go to www.helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800- SAL-ARMY.

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.

The Salvation Army Responding to Catastrophic Flooding in Southeast Texas

The Salvation Army Responding to Catastrophic Flooding in Southeast Texas

Continued rainfall from Hurricane Harvey presents extreme danger to the Gulf Coast. The Salvation Army in Texas is providing food and hydration to first responders and is preparing for massive feeding efforts for residents. In response to increased needs, The Salvation Army is activating emergency response teams across the country.

“As the situation in south Texas continues to worsen following Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, The Salvation Army has activated all of its US and Canadian emergency disaster response assets.

These units are able to provide food, shelter and emotional and spiritual care to those impacted by this ongoing devastating weather event,” said Major C. Mark Brown, Director of Business Operations for The Salvation Army Texas Division.

Salvation Army locations in Houston and the surrounding areas are providing shelter, food, and clothing in response to dramatic flooding in the city. On Sunday afternoon in both Pasadena and Texas City a number of people were transported to The Salvation Army in the back of dump trucks having been rescued from rapidly rising flood waters.

Mobile kitchens from McAllen, Laredo, Corpus Christi and Dallas Fort Worth served meals, drinks and snacks to residents and first responders in the hard-hit city of Port Aransas, Driscoll and Corpus respectively. More than 3,000 meals, snacks and drinks have been served.

10 additional mobile kitchens and an Incident Command Team from Arkansas and Oklahoma arrived in in Corpus Christi on Sunday evening ready to begin service on Monday. An Incident Command Team from Florida will support the relief efforts in Houston by the middle of the week.

As communities along the coastline become accessible, Salvation Army mobile emergency feeding and hydration vehicles and personnel are delivering service to the affected areas. Service will continue for as long as is necessary.

To make a financial donation to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts please go 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.

With Tropical Depression Harvey Reforming in Gulf of Mexico, ALM Canteens on Standby

JACKSON, MS  – With Tropical Depression Harvey moving back into the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico, The Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi(ALM) is preparing for the severe weather Harvey might bring to the Gulf Coast. Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army ALM, Terry Lightheart says there is a strong likelihood Harvey could grow stronger as it moves through the Gulf.

“We are monitoring the storm closely,” said Lightheart. “We have all our canteens or mobile feeding trucks and personnel on standby to respond if we are needed.”

Lightheart says Harvey is expected to impact the coastlines of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi within the next two to five days.

“Right now, we believe the biggest threat is from flooding, so we are asking residents to stay alert to their local weather reports,” said Lightheart. “And remember, large amounts of can fall in a short amount of time and flooding can impact communities quickly, especially in low lying areas.”

Lieutenant Richard Watts is Corps Officer at the Lake Charles, Louisiana Salvation Army. At this time, Southwest Louisiana is expected to receive heavy rain from Harvey.

“We have our canteen ready to respond when called upon,” said Lieutenant Watts. “We are staying in touch with local partners so we can work together to provide the best service should our community be affected. We know rain is on the way. What we don’t know is how much.”

The Salvation Army is working with state emergency officials monitoring Tropical Depression Harvey as it moves closer to the coast. The Salvation Army is prepared to provide food, drinks, and emotional and spiritual care to communities affected by the storm in the coming days.

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.

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The Salvation Army Celebrating National Thrift Store Day…Bargains And Fun!!!

The Salvation Army Celebrating National Thrift Store Day
Bargains and Fun!!!

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The Salvation Army is celebrating National Thrift Store Day at The Salvation Army Family Store. All over the world there are millions of people who love to bargain hunt for treasures and who love to find an item to refurbish at a great price…why not enjoy free fresh popcorn, a bounce house for the kids, amazing deals, and be able to help our community at the same time?! It’s bargain hunt day fun for the entire family!

The Salvation Army Family Store
1211 SE 27th Ave.
Thursday August 17th, 2017
11:30am – 1:00 pm

For more information about The Salvation Army programs, services, or to volunteer please call our main office at (806)373-6631 or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyAmarillo. Secure donations can be made online at www.salvationarmytexas.org/Amarillo or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY(Specify Amarillo).