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Dinner, Music and Dancing Raised more than $25,000 for services to Williamson County families

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Responding to Bastrop County Fires

TSA Emergency Disaster Service canteen and volunteers ready to assist

TSA Emergency Disaster Service canteen and volunteers ready to assist

The Salvation Army Responding to Bastrop Fires

AUSTIN, TX (October 15) – Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service teams in the Texas Division have been deployed to provide assistance to Bastrop County. On Thursday, two Salvation Army teams were deployed to Bastrop County where a wild fire has consumed 4,200 acres, destroyed 9 homes, and is threatening an additional 150 residences. The Williamson County canteen and Bryan College Station Rapid Response Unit are working to support first responders battling to control the blaze that is expected to grow in the coming days due to the very dry conditions in Central Texas.

Disaster teams will be providing meals and hydration to firefighters, other first responders and survivors through our mobile canteen and mobile response unit. Earlier in the week the Williamson County canteen served 30 firefighters at a blaze in Taylor that, fortunately, was quickly contained.

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. salvationarmyaustin.org.

Individuals can make a financial donation in support of The Salvation Army fire relief efforts:

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.

About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS)

“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 thousands of 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.

Salvation Army Texas Laundry Unit

Salvation Army Laundry Unit Deployed to Wimberley

Salvation Army Texas Laundry Unit

Meal Delivery and Distribution of Supplies for Survivors Continues

Austin, Texas (May 30, 2015) – The Salvation Army has deployed a laundry unit to Wimberley, Texas, giving flood survivors the welcome opportunity to wash their clothes. Emergency disaster services volunteers and staff continue to provide hot meals, cold drinks and much-needed hygiene supplies and food boxes to residents cleaning up from flooding.

The laundry unit is located at 100 Carney Lane in Wimberley (78676) and is a totally self-contained facility with its own electrical generator and on board water tank. The unit is air-conditioned with three washers and three dryers allowing people to wash clothes as often as needed. The Salvation Army furnishes all of the necessary supplies, and a monitor is on the scene, helping to maintain the unit and provide assistance.

The Williamson County mobile kitchen, operated year-round entirely by volunteers, provided roving meal delivery service in Wimberley on Friday. The San Marcos Activity Center, located at 501 E. Hopkins, was very busy on Friday as The Salvation Army served meals to 1,588 and 3,973 drinks to flood survivors. Two mobile kitchens from the San Antonio Area Command provided service, with one of the units roving through the worst affected areas serving lunch.

The community has rallied to the support of their neighbors donating many basic necessities including diapers, wipes, toilet paper and hygiene items. The Salvation Army organized and distributed these items, as well as food boxes to families and even took care of four legged family members, by having much requested dog and cat food available.

The Salvation Army staff will be offering assistance at the Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) in the following communities:

Wimberley MARC – Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Rd 12, Wimberley, Texas – Open 5/29/15-5/30/15 (8AM-8PM)
San Marcos MARC – St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Claretian Hall, 624 East Hopkins St., San Marcos, Texas – Open 5/31/15-6/1/15 (8AM-8PM)

Elsewhere in Texas, The Salvation Army provided drinks and snacks to people caught in flash flooding in Dallas and Houston after persistent, heavy rain. Meal service continued in Henderson by the Tyler Corps canteen.

Emotional and spiritual support is an integral part of Salvation Army disaster response. Salvation Army Officers (ordained pastors) and trained staff are available to listen to the often tragic experiences of disaster survivors and to provide prayer and counseling.

Please support the ongoing disaster work of The Salvation Army and help Texans affected by recent floods by making a financial donation at salar.my/floods by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by texting TXFLOODS to 51555 (message and data rates may apply) Text HELP for help. Text STOP to unsubscribe.

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.
For the most up-to-date emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army flood relief, please visit: http://salvationarmyaustin.org/news/and follow latest updates on Twitter twitter.com/SalArmyAustin and Facebook at facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin.

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.

ruined furniture in mobile home yard in San Marcos

Stories from San Marcos, Texas

ruined furniture in mobile home yard in San Marcos
Austin, Texas (May 29, 2015) – The scene in front of The Red Cross Shelter at the San Marcos Activity Center at 501 E. Hopkins on Thursday was a sea of volunteers wearing red Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services t-shirts. Salvation Army mobile kitchens (canteens), trailers and vans pulled up to the curb, one after another, bringing food, beverages and supplies to provide to the flood survivors.

In an effort to reach many of the people who need help the most, The Salvation Army mobile kitchen drove into areas of San Marcos that received the worst flooding. Residents who have lived through the devastating floods, and are now desperately cleaning up their homes, have been so grateful to receive meals, snacks and drinks from the Army. In many instances those served have been quick to share their stories and experiences.

James was in the process of stripping his mobile home as The Salvation Army canteen came by. The curb outside was lined with damaged furniture, soaked carpet and padding, and ruined mattresses. This heartbreaking image was repeated throughout the entire community. “There’s so little that I can save. I’ve torn out all of the carpet and even the insulation in the walls was ruined,” he said. “The water came so fast there was nothing we could do. In no time at all it had risen above the steps and was at the front door. I ended up with about nine inches of water inside the house. What am I supposed to do? Everything is ruined.”

A Salvation Army staff member ate lunch with nine year old Dwayne in the park adjacent to where the mobile kitchen parked. “I didn’t have to go to school today,” he said. “I stayed home to help my Mom clean up.” Dwayne explained that the water flooded his bedroom but that his three younger siblings and Mom were all ok. “It’s good that you guys are here and this is a pretty good sandwich,” he said, “but I don’t know if I’m going to finish the Oreos. They sometimes give me a tummy ache.”

Jan Gunter, Communications Director for The Salvation Army in Austin, accompanied the mobile kitchen on Thursday. ‘My drive through a flooded neighborhood in Martindale delivering hot meals and cold water gave me a real sense of perspective. A woman was helping her 70 year-old parents, one of whom is on dialysis, clean up their house. Two women were optimistic about cleaning their friend’s couch because ‘only the skirt was under water.’ One woman said her elderly mother almost drowned. A veteran was thrilled that the VA had written him a check for $1,000, and he wanted all the veterans to know so they could get help also. Every yard had piles of flooded, ruined furniture. I got more than one hug from people saying a heartfelt, passionate, ‘Thank you’ which I certainly didn’t feel I deserved.”

The Salvation Army San Marcos Service Center, Austin Area Command and San Antonio Area Command staff will be offering assistance at the Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) in the following communities:
Wimberley MARC – Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Rd 12, Wimberley, Texas – Open 5/29/15-5/30/15 (8AM-8PM)
San Marcos MARC – St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Claretian Hall,
624 East Hopkins St., San Marcos, Texas – Open 5/31/15-6/1/15 (8AM-8PM)

The Austin Area Command delivered 144 pairs of work gloves, 40 pairs of safety glasses, 2,000 vinyl gloves, and 4,000 masks to aid the clean-up in Wimberley and San Marcos.

Please support the ongoing disaster work of The Salvation Army and help Central Texans affected by recent floods by making a financial donation at salar.my/floods by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by texting TXFLOODS to 51555 (message and data rates may apply).

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.

For the most up-to-date emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army flood relief, please visit: http://salvationarmyaustin.org/news/and follow latest updates on Twitter twitter.com/SalArmyAustin and Facebook at facebook.com/SalvationArmyAustin.

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.