Selfless Service following Texas Panhandle Fires

September 23, 2014
Philip Burn | philip_burn@uss.salvationarmy.org

Selfless Service following Texas Panhandle Fires

Dallas, TX (September 23, 2014) - On Mother’s Day 2014, instead of enjoying the holiday and celebrating with family, Terri Miller, The Salvation Army Service Center Director in Borger, Texas watched as her home literally went up in smoke. Realizing that there was no way to stop the fire or save her home, Terri selflessly headed directly to her office, began making calls and arrangements, and provided emergency assistance to 27 families from the community who had lost everything as a result of raging wildfires.

The May wild fires devastated the community of Fritch in the Texas Panhandle. The Salvation Army staff and team of committed volunteers provided 444 hours of service, preparing and serving more than 1165 meals to residents and first responders. Thanks to the generous response and support received from Panhandle residents The Salvation Army has provided short term shelter, deposits and rent on new homes, furniture vouchers, replacement appliances, car repairs, prescription assistance, hearing aids and glasses, to name only some of the assistance given.

“It is truly heartbreaking to learn of the challenges that many families in Hutchinson County are facing as a result of the fires. Some people have lost everything! Here in Borger, The Salvation Army is working closely with the United Way and other area partners to help people secure permanent housing and get their lives back together.” Miller explained, “We are actively exploring all of the options to provide long-term assistance to the community.”

The Salvation Army of Amarillo hosted a special “Christmas in July” event for the people of Fritch. This afternoon of fun activities, included food, door prizes, and family portraits for families who lost so much. There was even a special summer visit from Santa who delivered special gifts and essential school supplies for the children.

Terri Miller, like so many other Salvation Army employees and volunteers, embodies the mission of the organization. Her faith, spirit, dedication, and compassion for those hurting in her community, is the reason that The Salvation Army is able to fulfill its mission in Borger, and beyond. 

 

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