Neighbors Helping Neighbors - Salvation Army Stepping Up To Meet Need

September 14, 2011 - 12:30 AM EDT
Philip Burn
philip_burn@uss.salvationarmy.org
(214) 956-6243
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Dallas, TX (September 14, 2011) – The Salvation Army will open the doors of its Central Texas Wildfire Relief Center, located at 12317 Technology Blvd. #300, in Austin, as the distribution point for donated household items, toiletries, non-perishables and clothing to wildfire survivors, at 9:00 AM, Friday morning, September 16. The distribution center will remain open Monday-Saturday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.

With the continued help of hardworking local volunteers, The Salvation Army plans to be ready to supply donated items from the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” campaign to those individuals who have been directly impacted by the wildfires in Central Texas. People who have lost their homes are asked to bring proof of residence in order to qualify for assistance.

Donations still need to be unloaded and sorted and The Salvation Army is appealing for volunteers to support their efforts. More than 20 individuals worked tirelessly on Tuesday afternoon and staff are hoping to recruit 100 volunteers on Wednesday. Volunteers are asked to report to 12317 Technology Boulevard #300, Austin, TX 78727, (http://g.co/maps/uqvj9) between 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.

Salvation Army mobile feeding units will again be active in Bastrop County, Wednesday, in addition to several other communities affected by wildfires. Three units will provide hydration and snacks to those in need, including roving support to people only recently allowed to re-enter their communities. Since the beginning of the wildfires in Central Texas, The Salvation Army has served 22,855 drinks, 5,765 snacks, and 1,473 meals to firefighters, responders and survivors.

Monetary donations to support The Salvation Army Texas Wildfire Relief can be made by:

·         MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas,            TX  75235

·         PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY

·         ONLINE at www.salvationarmytexas.org

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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