Shirts and Salvation for Holiday Beach Survivors

Holiday Beach, Texas (October 10, 2017) – “We thought there would be thousands of people helping in Texas and there really wasn’t, but The Salvation Army was there,”� said Thomas Billmeyer.

After Hurricane Harvey ravaged the small coastal community of Holiday Beach, Thomas and his two colleagues drove 18 hours to Texas, from Iowa, to help out. He and his friends worked for several days to rebuild a Holiday Beach resident’s roof that was destroyed in the storm.

During the five days that Thomas spent in Texas, he became acquainted with The Salvation Army’s disaster relief personnel that were providing hot meals, hydration, and hope to survivors in Holiday Beach.

Thomas donated 30 cases of water to The Salvation Army to be distributed as part of the relief efforts. He is also the founder and CEO of Polární­ clothing, a company which supports the relocation and rehabilitation of endangered animals. Thomas also donated 100 items of clothing from the brand.

“Supporting The Salvation Army was a touching, heart-warming, and eye-opening experience,”� said Thomas.

Like Thomas, The Salvation Army goes the extra mile for those affected by natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey. As of October 10, The Salvation Army has served 905,946 meals, 965,060 snacks, and 978,858 drinks to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

You can support The Salvation Army’s ongoing disaster relief work, by making a financial donation at, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or text 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 ( 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 or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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