Dallas, Texas (July 3, 2019) – Staff and volunteers from several Salvation Army Corps and Service Units in the Rio Grande Valley have stepped up their relief efforts after extensive flooding in the area. Several counties have been affected and The Salvation Army continues to provide food, practical assistance and emotional and spiritual care.
In Harlingen, many residents are just returning to their homes and beginning the challenging work of cleaning and removing soaked furniture, carpets and belongings. Debris and discarded furniture line the streets and staff and volunteers from the Harlingen Corps and the Port Isabel Service Unit are working to the meet the practical needs of the community. Bulk distribution has begun of cleaning supplies, clothing and prepared food boxes provided by Midwest Food Bank. The Salvation Army case workers will begin meeting with individuals and families to provide individualized assistance in Harlingen early next week.
“We are grateful to our partner, Midwest Food Bank, who continues to provide support in the communities we serve affected by disasters,” said Alvin Migues, The Salvation Army Divisional Disaster Services Director in Texas. “Partnerships play an integral part in any successful response effort and The Salvation Army is blessed to work with tremendous local and national agencies, such as Midwest Food Bank.”
Meanwhile, The Salvation Army in McAllen has continued to support feeding operations in shelters established in three counties where a state of disaster has been declared by Texas Governor Gregg Abbott. Close to 2,000 meals per day have been provided to residents affected by the flooding. Local partners have come alongside the Army to provide food and volunteers, and much needed extra manpower arrived in the form of The Salvation Army Summer Service Corps. This team of young Salvationists from across the Southern Territory have worked diligently to prepare and serve meals as part of their summer ministry trip.
For more information on The Salvation Army’s current disaster response efforts or to donate please go to www.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.