Beaumont, Texas (September 6, 2017) – “This is so wonderful, but I can only drink my meals,” Sherry said as the volunteers loaded her car with boxes of food and cases of water.
A life-long resident of Beaumont, Texas, Sherry waited in line for more than an hour as staff and volunteers manically filled the cars of Harvey survivors in front of hers. When it was her turn, she quietly and politely told the hot and tired volunteers that what she really needed was meal-placement drinks.
“I’ve been through plenty of storms in my 79 years, but never anything like this. This is just awful.” Sherry had been trapped in her home by high-water for three days. When she was able to get out of her neighborhood, the stores – the ones that were open – didn’t have what she needed. “When I heard about you-all’s distribution, I knew I had to try.”
When her car pulled through the line, the volunteers placed her off to the side and called over Major Amy Edmonds. Major Edmonds, currently stationed in Louisville Kentucky with The Salvation Army, came to Beaumont as part of the Emotional & Spiritual Care team for The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Harvey response in Texas’ Golden Triangle.
Major Edmonds spoke with Sherry to determine the need and the best way to meet it. With a better understanding of what Sherry’s condition required, Major Edmonds quickly found a solution among the donations, thanks to the committed volunteers who had spent hours sorting donations into different categories and neatly stacking them.
“Thank you! This is a God-send,” Sherry said with as much animation as she’d yet shown. Of course, she is correct. It is because of the love of God and through His strength that The Salvation Army can respond to events like Harvey – giving hope with food…or food replacements.
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.