Dallas, Texas (September 25, 2019) – The Salvation Army units in Southeast Texas have been out in their respective communities delivering practical support to those affected by flooding from Tropical Storm Imelda. As residents work to clean and gut their homes, many have noted that recent flood levels were worse than those experienced in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
Staff from The Salvation Army in Beaumont spent Tuesday morning preparing 150 sandwiches that were delivered to a badly flooded area of the city. The EDS team carefully navigated the mobile kitchen through neighborhood streets lined with furniture, carpets, dry wall and household appliances ruined by more than a foot of water that entered homes. “We were prepared over the weekend to shelter people at The Salvation Army who were displaced in our community and focus has now shifted to feeding in areas of the city that have experienced significant flooding,” said Captain Jason Moore, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army in Beaumont. “We anticipate delivering food and drinks again on Wednesday and for as long as we are needed.”
Damage assessments in affected communities throughout the region are ongoing and The Salvation Army continues to coordinate with State and Local Emergency Management staff across the affected areas. The Salvation Army team from Orange visited several cities on Tuesday afternoon, providing a hot meal, snacks and drinks to anyone in need.
After serving meals to a family of five in Mauriceville, a lady approached the Rapid Response Unit from the adjacent home. “We offered her a meal and drink, but she declined as she approached the truck,” said Captain Francisco Zuniga, Commanding Officer in Orange. “It quickly became clear that this dear lady was completely overwhelmed with her current situation and desperately needed someone to talk to. I was happy to share a moment or two with her and privileged to pray with her. She lost her husband four years ago and then experienced the almost total loss of her home after Hurricane Harvey. Life was just beginning to return to normal when her home flooded again last week,” said Zuniga. “This was a timely reminder for me that The Salvation Army’s ministry during times of disaster goes way beyond simply delivering a sandwich or bottle of cold water. Our emotional and spiritual care continues to make a difference in the lives of people who find themselves in crisis, and what an honor it is to pray with them.”
Corporate partners and other disaster agencies continue to play an integral part in The Salvation Army’s response efforts in Southeast Texas. A tractor trailer load of water and dry snacks arrived at the disaster warehouse in Beaumont, Tuesday, courtesy of Walmart, in addition to a truck load of food boxes from the Midwest Food Bank. “We are so grateful for the support of Walmart and the Midwest Food Bank, along with our other valued partners,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “As recovery efforts continue across the region these relationships will allow The Salvation Army to provide much needed practical assistance as individuals and families work to put their homes, and lives, back together.”
Assistance continues in Liberty, Chambers, Harris, Montgomery, Orange and Jefferson counties. Beginning on Thursday, The Salvation Army will partner with St Vincent DePaul in Winnie, Texas, one of the hardest hit communities, providing a truck load of cleanup kits and food boxes at St. Louis Catholic Church. A mobile kitchen from The Salvation Army of Bryan College Station will also be onsite providing snacks and hydration.
As of 9/24/19 The Salvation Army in Texas has supplied 2,489 meals, 6,290 snacks and drinks, 2,774 cleanup kits, 500 hygiene kits, 370 food boxes and 380 infant supplies.
Financial donations can be made at helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY to support response efforts following Tropical Storm Imelda. 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
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.