Mobile Feeding Unit Providing Food and Hydration for People Sheltering in San Marcos
AUSTIN, TX (May 24, 2015) – The Salvation Army mobile feeding unit (canteen) from Williamson County (Austin Area Command) is providing food and hydration for more than 300 survivors seeking shelter at the San Marcos recreation center. The Salvation Army is coordinating with Local and State Emergency Management to serve first responders and survivors affected by the devastating flooding along the Blanco River.
Lt. Colonel Henry Gonzalez, Area Commander for The Salvation Army Austin states, “”The flood devastation along the Blanco River has impacted thousands of Central Texans. The Salvation Army is honored to serve and to provide sustenance to survivors and first responders involved in caring for survivors and coordinating efforts. We will stay as long as we are needed to provide not only food and drink but also emotional and spiritual support.”
All Salvation Army units across the State of Texas continue to be on standby as flooding and storm damage continues throughout the region. Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available. Please follow us at twitter.com/SalArmyAustin, twitter.com/SalArmyTexas, and facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin for additional information.
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized:
• Donors are encouraged to give online to support Texas storm relief at SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyTexas.org/AUSTIN).
• Donations in the form of checks designated to Texas Storm Relief may also be mailed 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.
Your donation makes a real difference.
• A $50 donation feeds five disaster survivors for one day
• A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
• A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
• A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.
About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services
“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 126 years in the Austin area. Locally more than 400,000 people receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, to relief for disaster victims, rehabilitation for the addicted, clothing and shelter to those experiencing homelessness and case management to help people move from crisis to stability. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army Austin spends is used to support those services in Travis and Williamson Counties. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyAUSTIN.org (SalvationArmyTexas.org/AUSTIN). Facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin, and Twitter.com/SalArmyAustin.