Dallas, TX — More than one week after initial deployment, Salvation Army Officers, staff and volunteers continue to provide round-the-clock assistance and relief to firefighters, other responders and residents affected by wildfires throughout the State.
On Sunday, April 17, the most concentrated efforts took place in and around the small city of Strawn, TX, located only 90 minutes West of Fort Worth. Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) from Dallas, Plano, Waco and Fort Worth have been deployed and staff worked throughout the weekend to provide meals, hydration and spiritual support in Strawn, Palo Pinto and Graford. Volunteers from the nearby Mineral Wells Salvation Army Service Unit assisted the efforts by serving and delivering meals to exhausted responders.
To the South West, in Coke County, Salvation Army disaster teams from Austin, Midland and San Angelo assisted those working to contain another rapidly spreading fire fuelled by the unpredictable, blustery wind and extremely dry conditions. The Disaster Canteen from Wichita Falls also responded to calls for assistance over the weekend as several fires broke out to the North and West of the city. It is reported that more than 500,000 acres has been consumed by about a dozen fires over the last two weeks in Texas.
Since Saturday April 9, The Salvation Army has served more than 6,500 meals, 8,500 drinks and 4,800 snacks at wildfire locations and remain committed to providing relief as long as is needed.
Monetary donations to support The Salvation Army Texas Wildfire Relief can be made by mail to P.O.Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at www.salvationarmyusa.org.