El Paso, TX (August 7, 2019) – Within hours of the shooting in El Paso on Saturday, The Salvation Army deployed a mobile kitchen to provide drinks, snacks and emotional and spiritual support to first responders and those affected by this tragedy. This ministry has continued into this week as law enforcement continue their investigation and families mourn the loss of loved ones.
“This week we have seen as many as 150 first responders and law enforcement coming to the aid of El Paso and we want to help them in any way we can,” said Nora Aviles, Emergency Disaster Coordinator for The Salvation Army in El Paso. “The Salvation Army is privileged to serve our hurting community during this very difficult time. As well as providing practical help and refreshment we continue to pray for those involved and for our city.”
The Salvation Army Texas Division has established a 53’ field kitchen at the El Paso Convention Center to support the families and first responders affected by Saturday’s events. The field kitchen will be preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Family Assistance Center and is expected to remain in El Paso for the next two weeks. Volunteers and staff from the El Paso Corps along with volunteers from the Southern Baptists will be preparing and serving these meals.
“It has been our privilege to serve the residents and first responders in El Paso as they grapple with the horrendous events of Saturday,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “The Salvation Army is committed to providing whatever support is needed in El Paso, to the best of our ability, in the coming weeks and months.”
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.