Giving Back and Doing Good in Victoria, Texas

Victoria, Texas (September 6, 2017) – Nine years ago, nine women gathered in friendship around a kitchen table. Conversation over coffee and sweet tea soon opened doors to dreams that would impact people far and wide for years to follow.

In the city of Granbury, Texas, there may not be a Salvation Army corps, but what Granbury does have is a group of ladies with Texas-sized ambition to pour their heart and soul into building their community of neighbors who live, work, play, and worship together.

The Salvation Army’s most treasured resource is the people who share its vision and values, and partner with them in their passion of Doing the Most Good. So, with the backing, support, and approval of The Salvation Army of Texas, and working closely with the local Salvation Army Service Unit, this group of dedicated ladies established the Women’s Service League of Hood County (WSL).

“Once I saw the good work the organization was doing for our community, there was no way I was not going to join,” says Sharon Grinstaff, current president of the organization.

It’s now nine years later and the group of coffee conversationalists has grown in number to more than 100. And as Hurricane Harvey prepared to slam the Texas coast flooding homes and destroying businesses, The Salvation Army called for trained and experienced volunteers to aid in the anticipated disaster relief. Without hesitation, three enthusiastic women from the WSL headed to the Texas Coast with Grinstaff at the lead. They traveled in their newly purchased, top of the line, and completely furnished Ford 450 Salvation Army Rapid Response Unit, affectionately called an RRU. A small character doll of Wonder Woman hung from the rear view mirror – an appropriate mascot for their journey ahead.

Together with private donations, fundraisers, and help from The Salvation Army, the WSL was able to purchase the emergency disaster RRU to expand their desire to help people in need in Granbury and beyond.

Joining Grinstaff on the RRU serving in Victoria, Texas are Carol McKernan, and Laura Viscelli. “At some time, we all need help or support,” says McKernan. “And to be in a position to do this – to give back and do good – it’s a wonderful feeling.”

When it comes to conveying the core fabric of The Salvation Army and all it represents, the ladies of the Women’s League of Hood County stand taller than Texas. Wonder woman would be proud.

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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"Thank you. This is a God-send"

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.

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Coach – We Want to Help!

Corpus Christi, TX (September 5, 2017) – Salvation Army volunteers are known as the ‘Army behind the Army’ in locations all around the world. They mobilize and move forward, mentoring at-risk children, feeding community members, providing hope to people in the most need. When large scale disasters strike, The Salvation Army works very quickly to provide emergency disaster services with the help of our Army of volunteers. This week in Corpus Christi, Texas, a group of young volunteers were ready to roll up their sleeves and help any way they could.

Coach Stephanie Street (Coach) is the Cross Country and Girls Soccer Coach for Ray High School in Corpus Christi. They have a history of helping The Salvation Army; during a water crisis last winter, Coach and several students helped The Salvation Army distribute water to residents. When the students heard about Hurricane Harvey’s imminent arrival to the Corpus Christi area, they asked Coach what could they do to help The Salvation Army. Coach’s advice – “Stay safe and we will find out what we can do afterward.”

Coach reached out to The Salvation Army and learned that there was a need to clean and prepare a warehouse identified to store supplies such as food and water as well as the canteens (mobile feeding units). Immediately Coach, along with other athletics staff, student athletes, friends and family members, went into action to clean the warehouse. They worked all day to ready the warehouse for the arrival of supplies the next day.  Over the Labor Day weekend additional help was needed to unload a truckload of water and again the students were ready to support.

“I saw a nightmare become a dream in a matter of hours. At first, I didn’t think there was any way the space would be usable,” said Lieutenant Nicolas Arroqui, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army of Fayetteville, Arkansas. “Then I saw different teams come together for one purpose: the community.  You could see in their smiles that they were loving every second! And we love them for the selfless hearts and the joy they shared.”  

“Coach has a heart of gold.  She loves her students, her friends and her community like no one else,” said Arroqui. “She gives everything of herself to serve others. Working along-side Coach Street has not only energized me, it has energized our entire Incident Management team.”

Since that first day, Coach Street has volunteered daily at the warehouse and has struck up a wonderful friendship with Lt. Arroqui and other team members.

“I wanted to help The Salvation Army help others and bring our community back together,” said Coach Street. “When the Ray High School community showed up to support The Salvation Army as well, it demonstrated that we are all in this together.” 

Thanks to Coach Street, and others from Ray High School, The Salvation Army can serve the people affected by Hurricane Harvey in the Coastal Bend more efficiently and effectively.

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”) 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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The Salvation Army of the Carolinas Closely Monitoring Hurricane Irma

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (September 5, 2017) –The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina is closely monitoring weather conditions as Hurricane Storm Irma moves closer toward the United States. Initial preparations are being made for response across North and South Carolina. In a disaster, The Salvation Army coordinates with community agencies and emergency management to strategically provide meals, drinks, and spiritual and emotional care to first responders and disaster survivors.

 “We have alerted all Salvation Army locations to closely monitor the storm and to be ready for localized response in their service area,” said Mike Patterson, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina. “We pray that our preparations will not be necessary, but we are ready when called by our emergency management partners.”

During times of disaster, The Salvation Army of the Carolinas has 20 mobile feeding units ready for disaster response.

The Salvation Army encourages all residents in potentially vulnerable areas to review personal safety plans, become familiar local evacuation zones in coastal counties and locate the nearest hurricane evacuation routes. Information is available at www.scemd.org and www.readync.org. For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit 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 Continues to Serve through Labor Day Weekend

Houston, Texas (September 5, 2017) – As the efforts of The Salvation Army in the Greater Houston Area have shifted to recovery and the Incident Command (IC) moves to downtown Houston following the Labor Day weekend, The Salvation Army continues to provide shelter and staff mobile feeding units throughout the Greater Houston Area. Workers from across the United States and Canada continue to serve in Houston supporting efforts in the affected area.

Twenty-two (22) 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 cleaning kits and other supplies.

The following Salvation Army locations continue to provide emergency shelter to families and individuals who have evacuated their homes:

  • Sally’s House: 1717 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002
  • Family Residence: 1603 McGowen St, Houston, TX 77004

In the Greater Houston Area, The Salvation Army has provided:

  • Meals
    • 102,131 meals
    • 51,626 snacks
    • 70,887 drinks
  • Emotional & Spiritual Care
    • 3,781 spiritual care contacts
  • Donations Management and Distribution
    • 1,432 comfort/hygiene kits (per kit)
    • 1,302 infant supplies
    • 582 blankets
    • 2,104 clothing
    • 1,600 food boxes

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 Harvey”) mailed to PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301

For more information about The Salvation Army of Greater Houston’s efforts regarding Hurricane Harvey, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyHouston.

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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Deployed To Houston For Hurricane Harvey Relief

Louisville, Kentucky — “Others” has been the rallying cry and focal point for The Salvation Army since its inception more than 150 years ago…and never is it better displayed than in times of disaster.

Specialized equipment and trained personnel from across the states of Kentucky and Tennessee mustered in Memphis to travel together into the relief effort after Hurricane Harvey caused widespread destruction and historic flooding.

“The Salvation Army has a long history of serving in disasters, from localized tornadoes or flooding to long-term responses after 9/11 and Katrina.  We have always been where the need is, and there is clearly a need from Harvey’s devastation,” said Major Jim Arrowood, the Divisional Commander (leader) for the Kentucky/Tennessee Division of The Salvation Army.

Working closely with local, county, state, and federal officials, Salvation Army personnel ensure resources and services are focused where needed most.   Pulling from a network of strategically placed equipment and a host of trained responders, The Salvation Army is able to respond effectively and efficiently in times of disaster. 

Even as the canteens and personnel were on the road toward Texas, we weren’t certain of their exact destination.   “The situation is changing literally hour-by-hour; water recedes in one area while still rising in another,” said Bo Sells, the Disaster Services Coordinator for Kentucky and Tennessee.    Weaving through the state — around road closures and through security – the much-needed resources arrived in Houston; already at work serving survivors in the northeastern part of the city.

Representatives from Salvation Army commands in both Kentucky and Tennessee made up this initial contingent:  Kentucky—Madisonville (1), Henderson (1), Frankfort (1), Danville (1), Paducah (1), and Ashland (1); Tennessee –Memphis (2), Jackson (1), Nashville (2), Murfreesboro (1), Chattanooga (2), and Bristol (1).   This group of trained staff accompanied and manned equipment from:  Frankfort, KY; Danville, KY; Hazard, KY; Clarksville, TN; Memphis, TN; and Nashville, TN.

Financial donations are the best way to meet the evolving needs and to support relief efforts.  The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.HelpSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “Hurricane Harvey.”  Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted. 
 

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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"I Knew You'd Come" – Salvation Army Increases Relief Efforts in Texas

Dallas, Texas (August 30, 2017) – As flood conditions slowly improve in some areas of the state and clean-up crews work to make communities accessible, The Salvation Army continues to increase mobile feeding efforts in Texas. With 71 mobile kitchens from Texas and beyond now available for deployment The Salvation Army relief teams are able to reach more people with emergency services each day.

“Every team being deployed in Texas can provide food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to those impacted by this weather event,” said Lt. Col. Ronnie Raymer, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army in Texas. “We’re uniquely positioned to provide support and relief to Houston and communities along the Gulf Coast.”

The Incident Command Team deployed from Florida to Texas arrived in Houston mid-morning Tuesday and quickly established an Incident Command Center at the Northwest Corps. In addition to the eight-person leadership team, two shower trailers also arrived from Florida, each containing eight individual shower stalls. These units are stationed at the Matzke Elementary school that is currently housing 500 evacuees. Two mobile bunk houses are also in place and ready to be deployed.

Greater Houston area service highlights:

  • Pasadena Corps – housing 60 people on Tuesday, 140 less than on Monday.
  • Harbor Light/Red Shield Lodge – sheltering close to 250 evacuees, exceeding normal capacity by 175 people. Typically limited to only a men’s shelter, exceptions have been made to house displaced families from the neighborhood. In addition to a dry, safe place to sleep, storm survivors are provided with clean clothes and hygiene kits. 
  • International Corps continues to serve as a distribution center providing 35 blankets, 268 cases of water and 450 meals, snacks and drinks.
  • Five mobile kitchens were in operation on Tuesday with an additional six units arriving from Kentucky and Tennessee on Tuesday evening.

In the Corpus Christi/Coastal Bend area, feeding operations expanded Tuesday with 11 mobile kitchens serving in the following communities:

  • Rockport
  • Port Aransas
  • Aransas Pass
  • Ingleside
  • Portland
  • North Corpus Christi.

Many of these communities have been without power since Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Saturday and several cities remain without running water.

The Divisional Commanders of The Salvation Army Texas Division, Lt. Colonels Ronnie & Sharon Raymer, visited operations in Rockport today, the first day of mobile kitchen service in this community. A Rockport resident approached The Salvation Army mobile kitchen crew while they were setting up to provide lunch and with tears filling his eyes said, “I knew you would come.”

After seeing first-hand the devastation caused by the storm, Lt. Colonel Ronnie Raymer said, “The need is great here in Rockport and indeed all along the Texas coastline. We hope to send multiple feeding units in the coming days to support the residents of this hurting community who have already been through so much and lost a great deal. Our love and prayers go out to each of them.”

Other Salvation Army operations:

  • The shelter at the Dallas Convention Center opened this morning and by 6:00 PM housed a little more than 200 evacuees with numbers expected to increase. The Salvation Army of Dallas Fort Worth provided meals for survivors, staff and volunteers.
  • A shelter opened at The Salvation Army in Waco.
  • Kerrville team is serving meals at two local evacuation shelters
  • The Salvation Army Center of Hope in Temple is operating a shelter
  • A shelter opened on Tuesday at The Salvation Army in Tyler.
  • Amarillo – Toot’n Totum has partnered with The Salvation Army in the Texas Panhandle to raise funds to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. They will have 108 countertop kettles at more than 80 locations (Toot’n Totum gas station and convenience stores, Mr. Payrolls, and Car Care Centers). Toot’n Totum will match the first $5,000 raised.
  • Additional response units are staged in San Antonio and Dallas preparing for deployment as areas become accessible.

As of Tuesday evening, August 29, 18,483 meals, 17,204 snacks, and 16,640 drinks have been provided.

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.

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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Hurricane Harvey: The Salvation Army Disaster Relief Update

Dallas, Texas (August 30, 2017) – In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, The Salvation Army is supporting one of the largest disaster relief operations in its history. To date, The Salvation Army has deployed 71 mobile feeding units to Texas.  Twenty-nine additional units are on standby to support the state of Louisiana if Harvey’s rains cause severe flooding there and additional feeding units are on standby across the country to help if needed.  Salvation Army trained disaster workers are being deployed to the stricken area from across the United States and Canada. 

GREATER HOUSTON:

The Incident Command Team deployed from Florida to Texas arrived in Houston mid-morning Tuesday and quickly established an Incident Command Center at the Northwest Corps. In addition to the eight-person leadership team, two shower trailers also arrived from Florida, each containing eight individual shower stalls. These units are stationed at the Matzke Elementary school that is currently housing 500 evacuees. Two mobile bunk houses are also in place and ready to be deployed.

The Salvation Army is providing shelter and emergency services to displaced individuals and families at several facilities across the city:

  • Pasadena Corps – housing 60 people on Tuesday, 140 less than on Monday.
  • Conroe Corps – providing shelter.
  • Harbor Light/Red Shield Lodge – sheltering close to 250 evacuees, exceeding the normal capacity by 175 people. Typically limited to only a men’s shelter, exceptions have been made to house families from the neighborhood needing a place to stay. In addition to a dry, safe place to sleep, storm survivors are provided with clean clothes and hygiene kits.
  • International Corps continues to serve as a distribution center providing 35 blankets, 268 cases of water and 450 meals, snacks and drinks.
  • The Aldine/Westfield location only became accessible on Tuesday and mobile kitchen service started this evening.
  • Houston Temple – unsafe water levels remain in the area and therefore no service is taking place.
  • Houston Adult Rehabilitation Center continues to house 150 men as part of The Salvation Army’s free 180-day rehabilitation program.
  • Five mobile kitchens were in operation on Tuesday with an additional six units arriving from Kentucky and Tennessee on Tuesday evening.

CORPUS CHRISTI AREA:

In the Corpus Christi/Coastal Bend area, feeding operations expanded Tuesday with 11 mobile kitchens serving in the cities of Rockport, Port Aransas, Aransas Pass, Ingleside, Portland and North Corpus Christi. Many of these communities have been without power since Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Saturday and several cities remain without running water.

The Divisional Commanders of The Salvation Army Texas Division, Lt. Colonels Ronnie & Sharon Raymer, visited operations in Rockport today, the first day of mobile kitchen service in this community. A Rockport resident approached The Salvation Army mobile kitchen crew while they were setting up to provide lunch and with tears filling his eyes said, “I knew you would come.” After seeing first-hand the devastation caused by the storm, Lt. Colonel Ronnie Raymer said, “The need is great here in Rockport and indeed all along the Texas coastline. We hope to send multiple feeding units in the coming days to support the residents of this hurting community who have already been through so much and lost a great deal. Our love and prayers go out to each of them.”

DALLAS FORT WORTH:

The shelter at the Dallas Convention Center opened this morning and by 6:00 PM housed a little more than 200 evacuees. With many roads still impassable in Houston that number is expected to increase rapidly as roads re-open and buses currently on standby make their way to Dallas. The Salvation Army of Dallas Fort Worth provided meals for those staying in the shelter along with staff and volunteers. 

FREEPORT:

An email was received by staff at The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters in Dallas stating, “Please send food trucks to Angleton, Brazoria County Fairgrounds. We have no food or supplies. Thank you.” This message was relayed to Lt. Juan Gomez, Salvation Army Officer in Freeport on Tuesday at 6:35 PM. At 6:45 PM Lt. Gomez responded, “Food is on its way to the fairgrounds.” We are so grateful for the prompt, effective and compassionate service of The Salvation Army response teams throughout Texas.

CENTRAL TEXAS:

A shelter opened at The Salvation Army in Waco on Tuesday. The Kerrville team continues to serve meals at two local evacuation shelters while the Center of Hope in Temple is operating an emergency shelter.

Additional units are staged in San Antonio and Dallas preparing for deployment as areas become accessible.

As of Tuesday evening, August 29, 18,483 meals, 17,204 snacks, and 16,640 drinks have been provided.

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.                                                             

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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 of Orlando Sends Mobile Feeding Unit to Texas

Orlando, Florida – Remnants of Hurricane Harvey continued dumping historic levels of rainfall on the Houston area Monday as devastating floods swamped the fourth most populous city in the United States. Rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground. Heavy rain caused life-threatening, catastrophic flooding as search and rescue teams worked to help the thousands of people that have been forced to flee their homes.
Emergency Disaster Service volunteers in Orlando worked tirelessly on Monday to prepare its mobile feeding unit for deployment. The three-man crew is ready to assist with the largest mass feeding in United States history in the wake of the catastrophic flooding. Crew members are also prepared to offer emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders.

“The Salvation Army of Orlando’s mobile feeding unit deploys for Texas this morning,” said Major Ted Morris, the Area Commander. “Crew members are prepared and ready to serve on the frontlines for at least two weeks.”

Give relief to those affected by Hurricane Harvey:
· Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, text STORM to 51555 or visit www.helpsalvationarmy.org.
· Visit www.disaster.salvationarmyUSA.org to register as a volunteer today.

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).
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About The Salvation Army of Orlando
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 96 years in the Orlando Area. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army across the United States each year through a broad 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. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://salvationarmyorlando.org/.
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.

The Salvation Army of Orlando Sends Mobile Feeding Unit to Texas

Orlando, Florida – Remnants of Hurricane Harvey continued dumping historic levels of rainfall on the Houston area Monday as devastating floods swamped the fourth most populous city in the United States. Rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground. Heavy rain caused life-threatening, catastrophic flooding as search and rescue teams worked to help the thousands of people that have been forced to flee their homes.
Emergency Disaster Service volunteers in Orlando worked tirelessly on Monday to prepare its mobile feeding unit for deployment. The three-man crew is ready to assist with the largest mass feeding in United States history in the wake of the catastrophic flooding. Crew members are also prepared to offer emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders. 

“The Salvation Army of Orlando’s mobile feeding unit deploys for Texas this morning,” said Major Ted Morris, the Area Commander. “Crew members are prepared and ready to serve on the frontlines for at least two weeks.” 

Give relief to those affected by Hurricane Harvey: 
·    Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, text STORM to 51555 or visit www.helpsalvationarmy.org.
·    Visit www.disaster.salvationarmyUSA.org to register as a volunteer today. 

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).

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About The Salvation Army of Orlando
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 96 years in the Orlando Area. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army across the United States each year through a broad 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. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://salvationarmyorlando.org/.

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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Source: disaster.salvationarmyusa.org