The Salvation Army

*Update* After record flooding in Central Texas, residents of San Marcos and Austin have begun cleaning up their homes, businesses and communities and The Salvation Army is helping and supporting the effort.

On May 26, The Salvation Army says it delivered 200 clean up kits, 120 food boxes and 1,200 hygiene kits for distribution to those affected by the floods in San Marcos.

The Salvation Army mobile kitchens, deployed from Austin and San Antonio, served meals, snacks, and hydration throughout the day to people visiting the Red Cross Shelter in San Marcos. Food was also delivered by pickup truck to areas of the city that experienced some of the worst flooding. Staff and volunteers offered sandwiches, snacks and drinks to homeowners working to salvage their belongings from their soaked homes.

In Austin, The Salvation Army emergency shelters for those experiencing homelessness, which are open 365 days a year, took in additional women who arrived at the shelter in recent nights because of the torrential rains. The Salvation Army is working with Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) to assess the needs in Austin, and the Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) canteen is on standby to provide food, hydration and emotional support as needed to Austin neighborhoods impacted by the Memorial Day flood.

The Service Extension program is one of the great strengths of the Texas Division of The Salvation Army, boasting more than 250 Service Units and nine Service Centers in communities across the state. Service Extension staff is carefully monitoring the situation in Wimberley, Gillespie County, Blanco County, and Lampasas County. Case Management and Emergency Assistance will be coordinated by the San Marcos Service Center.

The current Salvation Army disaster response in Texas began on April 26 and has now continued for 31 days. So far, service has included:

14,511 Meals

20,979 Drinks

10,229 Snacks

Nine Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens)

96 Persons Sheltered

Emotional & Spiritual Care to 449 individuals

638 cleanup kits

172 comfort kits

2,963 hours of employee and volunteer service

These efforts are possible through the monetary donations of generous and concerned citizens in our communities who want to help. 100% of all donations to support the flood are allocated to disaster relief. To make a financial donation to support ongoing Salvation Army flood and tornado relief efforts in the region, please go to http://tsatx.org/floodandtornadorelief

If you are interested in learning more about The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) in Texas, or to become a local disaster volunteer, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

This is an update to a previous story. The original version is as follows:

The Salvation Army's staff and volunteers from Austin and San Marcos provided meals, hydration and emotional and spiritual support to first responders and survivors at the emergency shelter in San Marcos and in flooded neighborhoods. The mobile kitchen unit (canteen) distributed 950 meals, 1500 snacks, and more than 1000 coffees and waters Sunday and Monday to grateful residents displaced by the floods.

Meals were provided by The Salvation Army and a number of San Marcos restaurants who donated food and drinks, including Chipotle, Jimmy Johns, Starbucks, Papa John's, Potbelly, The Big Kahuna and Kent Blacks BBQ.

With the addition of historic flooding in Austin on Memorial Day, the Salvation Army Austin canteen will return from San Marcos to Austin in order to adequately care for the needs that developed in Travis and Williamson counties through these new floods. Salvation Army canteens around the State of Texas have been on standby, and some are now making their way to San Marcos to assist with the recovery there. If needed, additional canteens from around the state will come to Austin to support recovery efforts in Travis and Williamson counties.

Financial donations can be made in the following ways to support The Salvation Army regional response to Central Texas flooding:

ON-LINE: www.salvationarmyaustin.org

MAIL – Send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 1000, Austin, Texas 78767.

Donors are reminded that when you donate to The Salvation Army for a disaster, 100% of those donations go toward that disaster.

The Salvation Army is not able to accept donated goods for disaster relief. Financial donations are greatly appreciated and will help support the ongoing relief efforts.
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