Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) crews are serving the North Texas communities of Granbury and Cleburne after a powerful storm system producing multiple tornadoes caused significant damage and injuries late on Wednesday evening. As of this morning, officials say at least six people were killed as a result of the storm, with as many [...]
This week’s Salvation Army Today video – brought to you by The Salvation Army Southern Territory – features The Salvation Army’s response to an emergency in Alabama; Family Foundation donates to the disaster in Texas; and a photographic exhibition highlighting the inequality and injustices faced by women in Pakistan. Please enjoy! You can subscribe to Salvation Army Today’s YouTube [...]
This week’s Salvation Army Today video – brought to you by The Salvation Army Southern Territory – features The Salvation Army’s response to the massive earthquake in China, the devastating explosion in Texas, and a building collapse in Bangladesh. Enjoy. You can subscribe to Salvation Army Today’s YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/SalvationArmyToday
Post courtesy of Philip Burn with The Salvation Army Texas Division. Dallas, TX (April 18, 2013) – As day break arrived the enormity of the task facing first responders in West, Texas, became apparent following the massive fertilizer plant explosion that devastated the city. Despite overnight pouring rain and rapidly dropping temperatures, The Salvation Army [...]
Post courtesy of Philip Burn with The Salvation Army Texas Division. Dallas, TX (April 18, 2013) - The Salvation Army is responding after a large explosion at a fertilizer plant devastated the small city of West, Texas, just before 8:00 PM, Wednesday evening. The Salvation Army quickly mobilized support teams and by midnight had deployed five [...]
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At 6’7 and 280 pounds, it’s difficult to imagine past NFL linebacker John Corker as “weak”. But for years, the one-time Green bay Packer was dominated by his own dependence on drugs all the while playing defense for various teams.
“I was probably smoking $1,200 a day and playing pro football at the same time,” he said. “How my heart didn’t burst, I can’t tell you that.”
In response to the 12 tornadoes that struck the Dallas/Fort Worth area, The Salvation Army deployed two mobile kitchens to provide food, hydration, and emotional comfort to people in two locations, including the Kelly area of Arlington and The Salvation Army community center in Pleasant Grove where local residents have sought a safe place to stay during the storms. The mobile vehicles may move to new locations depending on changing needs or emerging situations.
The Salvation Army opened a new Central Texas Wildfire Relief Center in Austin on Friday. The center, located at 12317 Technology Blvd. Suite 300, serves as a distribution point for donated items to wildfire survivors. Families and individuals who lost their homes can select donated items: clothing, shoes, toiletries, water and household items. Additionally, The Salvation Army is providing gift cards to those in need.
Seventy-eight volunteers responded to our appeal for help last week and sorted through the overwhelming number of items received from donations. The KXAN’s “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” campaign brought in several truck loads of items. Many thanks to the dedicated volunteers and staff who helped organize and distribute the donations!
Although the fires in Bastrop County have been mostly contained, the distribution center will remain open this week, Monday-Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Salvation Army mobile feeding units are still active in Bastrop County, providing food and drinks to those in need. Since arriving in Bastrop County, Salvation Army feeding units have served more than 23,500 drinks, 6,000 snacks and 1,600 meals.
For more information on The Salvation Army distribution, please call (512) 476-1111.
If you’d like to donate monetarily, you can do so online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
Checks can be sent to:
The Salvation Army
PO BOX 36607
Dallas, TX 75235
The Salvation Army has been actively responding to disasters across the southern United States this weekend, following a large tornado outbreak in multiple states and wildfires.
In Oklahoma, local Army units worked around the clock in Tushka, Oklahoma after a deadly tornado hit the area. They worked with the Red Cross and the Choctaw Nation to provide more than 1,000 sandwiches, 500 meals, 1,500 snacks, and dozens of cases of drinks to survivors and first responders. In addition, the Army helped deliver hardware such as tarp material, hammers, and nails.
Tornadoes also severely damaged Mississippi communities. Salvation Army personnel rotated between two sites in Jackson to ensure all survivors were served hot meals. They are currently assessing the damage and planning how to respond to people’s material needs.
At a twin tornadoes strike site in Virginia, the Army is offering emotional and spiritual care. In addition to serving hundreds of hot meals and bottled water, volunteers and staff have distributed 160 cleaning kits and hundreds of sealable storage containers to families who are cleaning their homes. The Salvation Army is also giving out gift cards to help people buy housing repair items.
The Salvation Army responded to 4 separate wildfire outbreaks in southwestern Oklahoma. Officers and volunteers worked into the early morning hours passing out more than 1,000 meals and drinks, as well as 150 hygiene kits. In Lawton, Oklahoma, The Salvation Army is coordinating with the American Red Cross to make sure all needs are met.
This comes less than a week after wildfires destroyed more than 200,000 acres across West Texas and ruined nearly 50 homes. The Salvation Army responded by serving nearly 1500 meals during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.