DALLAS, Texas (October 22, 2019) – After nine tornadoes struck parts of North Texas on Sunday night, The Salvation Army stationed a mobile disaster kitchen at Greater Cornerstone Baptist Church in North Dallas where a team of volunteers cooked food for disaster survivors.
Once prepared, the food was packaged and transferred to two smaller food distribution trucks that were driven by workers into affected neighborhoods. Two hundred meals were also delivered to Forest Green Manor, an assisted living center that is still without electricity.
WBAP News/Talk 820 AM & 99.5 FM in Dallas reported the following:
Mika Manester lives near The Home Depot on Forest lane. Volunteers with The Salvation Army brought her food for her family and they prayed. “The house is a total loss so right now I just want my children to be okay and not scared because my 7-year-old is freaking out … we were all in the closet when our roof came off, it was awful,” she said.
Manester said she’s looking for a hotel to stay in and it will take around 8 months to find a new home. She said in all of this mess, she’s thankful for the support. “I have so many good friends…Salvation Army is here and just family and outpouring of people who just want to help and that means more to me than anything,” she said.
Current distribution opportunities remain limited because police have restricted access to the hardest hit areas, not even allowing meals to be delivered at this stage. As the strict access is lifted in upcoming days, new opportunities to serve will emerge.
On Monday, Salvation Army workers served 450 drinks, 380 snacks, and made 12 Emotional and Spiritual Care contacts. On Tuesday, workers served 341 meals, 442 drinks, 508 snacks and made eight Emotional and Spiritual Care contacts.
Financial donations can be made at helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY to support response efforts. For the latest Salvation Army disaster 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.