Dallas, TX (April 5, 2012) - The Salvation Army continues to respond across the DFW Metroplex area after 11 tornadoes tore through the region, Tuesday afternoon.
Three mobile feeding units actively served in Arlington, Lancaster, and Forney, during the first 24 hours, with three additional units on standby. By the end of Wednesday all six units were placed on standby and the shelter that had been made available at the Arlington Corps, was deactivated. It is estimated that 650 homes recieved some level of damage from the powerful storms.
A Salvation Army mobile feeding unit will be deployed to one of the hardest hit areas, Forney, TX, on Monday morning to provide support to the Kaufman County Service Center as they assess the ongoing situation and serve tornado survivors from their community. Additional units will be available to support similar service in Lancaster and Arlington.
The long-term needs of those most affected will now become the major focus of The Salvation Army's ongoing response.
Through April 27 Albertsons LLC will collect donations in support of The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in the DFW area. Shoppers can select $1, $3 or $5 donations coupons at check out at stores in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas.
“Albertsons stores and our customers have traditionally stepped up to support the efforts of The Salvation Army during times of national crisis,” said Wayne Denningham, president, Southern division of Albertsons LLC. “The impact of the devastating tornadoes in the DFW Metroplex will present recovery challenges for many weeks to come. Our in-store fundraising campaign gives us the opportunity to respond quickly to support the efforts of great organizations like The Salvation Army as emergencies arise.”
Monetary donations to go directly toward relief efforts can be made online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by texting the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone.* For more information on The Salvation Army’s continued response, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
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 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
* A oneâtime donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.About The Salvation Army