Dallas, TX (May 14, 2015) – More than 850 meals, 1000 drinks and 480 snacks were served in Van, Texas, to tornado survivors and first responders by The Salvation Army on Wednesday, May 13. This support will continue, with the addition of emergency assistance, for as long as necessary to support families in Van.
In addition to The Salvation Army mobile kitchen from Tyler a second unit operated by a four person crew from The Salvation Army in Waco has been deployed to serve in Van. The Waco canteen will be stationed at the Mobile Command Post located at the Van High School stadium parking lot, 1085 N. Maple Street, 75790, as a fixed feeding site until there is no longer a need. The Tyler mobile kitchen will provide roving canteen service to the worst affected areas in the community.
Two Salvation Army trailers are now in place supporting the Adventist Community Services with local donations management as no warehouse facility is currently available.
The Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) opened today at the Van Community Center, located at 310 Chestnut Street. Staff and volunteers from The Salvation Army Canton Service Unit are providing case management and emergency assistance to survivors who have lost so much following the devastating tornado. The MARC is open Thursday (10:00 AM-5:00 PM) and on Friday and Saturday (9:00 AM-5:00 PM).
"We are pleased to be able to provide support and services to everyone that has been affected by this series of severe weather events across the entire state of Texas,” said Alvin Migues, Director of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services in Texas. “Our local units continue to provide services statewide, currently concentrated in Van, but reaching as far south as the Rio Grande Valley. Our prayers and thoughts are continually with those who have been affected.”
The Salvation Army of Corpus Christi is responding in the Banquete area with food and drinks follwoing additional heavy rains and flooding. The mobile kitchen is located at the Banquete Jr. High School, 4334 4th St, Robstown, Texas.
To make a financial donation to support the disaster response in Van please go to http://tsatx.org/vanstorm
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 in Texas, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyTXEDS and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyTXEDS.
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 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.
February 5, 2010