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 Wallow fire in eastern Arizona continues to dangerously blaze toward the border, but news reports indicate more than 3,000 firefighters have begun to slowly gain control today as winds died down. As of Wednesday, the Wallow fire had burned 390,000 acres, and it’s believed to be the 2nd largest fire in Arizona’s history.
Currently, a Salvation Army team is preparing and serving three meals a day for evacuees at the Red Cross shelter in Lakeside, AZ. They plan to continue offering these services as long as the shelter is in operation, according to Jim Puza, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Director.
Another Salvation Army response team left Las Vegas Thursday morning with a mobile kitchen and support truck carrying food and water for approximately 3,000 more meals. Additional teams are on standby and supplies are available if needed.
The Salvation Army is grateful for the generous donations of food and time from businesses and individuals in the community to help meet the needs of evacuees and responders.
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.
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Wildfires that broke out Monday in Boulder, Colorado’s Fourmile Canyon continue to blaze, forcing thousands of residents to flee their homes and leaving 3,500 acres of land charred. About 100 fire fighters were on the scene yesterday battling the flames. The cause of the fire is unknown, and high winds have made it difficult to tame.
The Salvation Army has been called on to help serve first responders who are working to contain the disaster. Those first responders include fire fighters, law enforcement, Emergency Medical Technicians and the command and control staff that is coordinating the fire efforts at the command center. By providing food, drinks and emotional support, The Salvation Army provides much needed nourishment as these crews work around the clock.
The Salvation Army served more than 450 dinners last night to emergency personnel and 300 hearty breakfasts including omelets, hash browns, sausage patty, coffee, juice and fruit were served early this morning.
First responders will also be provided lunch and dinner today by The Salvation Army. The mobile kitchen and cold truck will remain on site as long as necessary to support this effort.
We certainly hope that the fires will be contained quickly so that more homes and buildings are not claimed by the blaze. Thankfully, there have been no reported fatalities as a result of the fire.
If you’d like to support The Salvation Army’s fire relief efforts, visit imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and earmark the donation for Emergency Disaster Services.
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