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The Salvation Army Meeting Unmet Needs in Johnson County Following Tornado

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DALLAS (May 18, 2013)—The Salvation Army continues to respond in both Johnson and Hood Counties after powerful tornadoes caused significant damage on Wednesday night. Staff and volunteers provided meals, snacks and drinks from three Salvation Army mobile kitchens on Thursday and Friday. More than 600 meals and snacks have been served in addition to 950 drinks, to survivors and first responders.

In Cleburne, The Salvation Army response on Friday focused on providing assistance at a 44 unit trailer park located a few miles outside of the city. Many of the relief agencies and resulting media attention have focused on larger, more affluent communities that sustained significant damage to property and power lines during the storm. On Thursday, The Salvation Army was made aware of the situation at the trailer park and the immediate needs of the families there, the majority whom do not have any insurance. Several units were completely destroyed while many trailers sustained structural damage to their roof and walls.

The Salvation Army delivered hygiene kits to families in the community before serving dinner from the mobile kitchen on Thursday evening. Elizabeth Aranguren, The Salvation Army Service Center Director in Cleburne, observed that many of the units are in need of immediate repairs in order to protect against further rain and storms in the forecast. “Some of the homes have been destroyed by the tornado but many are still standing and have large holes that need to be repaired. The Salvation Army is committed to helping these people, many who have nowhere else to turn,” she explained. “We are working to secure building materials and tools so that we can help these people repair their homes.”

Additionally, Salvation Army volunteers delivered two food boxes containing non-perishables to each home on Thursday afternoon. The area has been without power since the storm resulting in the loss of all food stored in refrigerators and freezers. Staff and volunteers went door to door delivering the boxes to grateful individuals and families who have so far received very little assistance.

Christy Kidd and her two children, Caitlyn and Kody, whose home remained untouched by the tornado only a mile away, arrived just as The Salvation Army truck pulled up. “We wanted to see if there is anything we can do to help. I know if we were in a similar situation we would hope that other people do the same for us,” she said. The family joined The Salvation Army staff and volunteers as they delivered the food boxes. “Our pastor was talking just last week about the ways that we can help and serve others,” commented Christy. “Thank you to The Salvation Army for what you are doing here.”

Financial donations can be made in the following ways to support The Salvation Army’s response to the North Texas tornadoes:
    • MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
    • PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
    • ONLINE at donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/disaster

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 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.

The Salvation Army Staff and Volunteers Responding in Cleburne and Granbury following Tornadoes

The Salvation Army Staff and Volunteers Responding in Cleburne and Granbury following Tornadoes

DALLAS (May 17, 2013)—It was a typical Wednesday evening at The Salvation Army Service Center in Cleburne and church programs were in full swing. That was until the tornado sirens sounded as a powerful and destructive thunderstorm slowly passed through the city.

Elizabeth Aranguren, The Salvation Army Service Center Director in Cleburne, was leading the weekly women’s program when she realized the seriousness of what was happening outside. “There were about fifteen of us at the church last night when we heard the tornado sirens going off and could see the storm outside. Right then I knew that it was important for us all to stay calm and to take cover,” explained Elizabeth. Sandra Coffey, Elizabeth’s sister, was also in the building along with her four children. “The storm hit us at around 8:30 PM and after a couple of hours we loaded up the car so we could drive home,” said Sandra. “We live about twenty minutes away but as I pulled out the fire department made me turn around as the roads were closed because of all of the flooding.”

Ten people, including Elizabeth and Sandra and their families, ended up spending the night at The Salvation Army Service Center in Cleburne. After only a couple of hours of restless sleep, either on the floor or on the chapel pews, the group organized themselves and began to make sandwiches and gather supplies for the day ahead.

The Salvation Army served refreshments, meals and drinks in Cleburne and Granbury on Thursday out of three mobile disaster kitchens. More than 80 homes have been completely destroyed in the two communities and several hundred more damaged.

Noah Coffey, seven years old, said, “I got to help people today who lost their houses from the tornado. They have been getting water and sandwiches and rice krispie treats. This is way better than going to school!” Elizabeth added, “At this stage The Salvation Army is able to help with a number of practical needs for people who have been affected by the storm. The shelter in town is already full and so we are able to provide up to three nights emergency shelter at a hotel. As well as food, drinks, and of course prayer, we hope to be able to give gift cards to those who come to us for assistance.”

“I recently experienced Disaster work for the first time with The Salvation Army when I spent a week in West, Texas, following the explosion down there,” continued Elizabeth. “I never imagined I’d be putting that training to the test in my own community only a few weeks later.”

Financial donations can be made in the following ways to support The Salvation Army’s response to the North Texas tornadoes:
    • MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
    • PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
    • ONLINE at donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/disaster

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 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.

The Salvation Army Continues Disaster Relief Services Following Dallas Area Tornados

DALLAS (May 16, 2013)—The Salvation Army went into urgent action last night with volunteer disaster teams on site in Hood County to provide services in the wake of the devastating tornados. Three disaster canteens (mobile kitchens) from the Dallas Fort Worth area were deployed and have been providing refreshment, hydration and spiritual and emotional care to survivors and first responders.

Today, the organization has ramped up its services. A mobile disaster kitchen from Dallas will serve first responders at the Incident Command Center in Granbury. We expect to continue this service for at least three days or longer, to be determined by the local Emergency Management Office. A second mobile disaster kitchen has been in place at the Emergency Operations Center in Cleburne located at 810 Kilpatrick Street. The local Emergency Manager requested that this unit move to the Cleburne Conference Center, 1501 Henderson Street, at 10:00 AM to serve meals for up to 125 people today. This service may continue until 7:00 PM or longer if needed.

Mobile disaster kitchens from Plano, Williamson County, and Waco are on standby for service in Granbury and Cleburne. At this time, additional units may not be deployed until residents are allowed back into the disaster area. Many residents will remain evacuated while emergency crews work to restore power and remove debris from the worst affected communities. Once residents return to their homes, it is anticipated that The Salvation Army will begin distributing household cleaning kits to help people with the emotionally draining process of clean up and recovery.

Financial donations can be made in the following ways to support The Salvation Army’s response to the North Texas tornados:
    • MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
    • PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
    • ONLINE at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/disaster

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.

The Salvation Army Responding to Dallas Area Tornados

Dallas, TX (May 15, 2013)—The Salvation Army quickly responded in the North Texas communities of Granbury and Cleburne after tornados caused significant damage and injuries late on Wednesday evening.

Three Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) have been deployed from the Dallas Fort Worth area and two additional units have been placed on stand-by. The Salvation Army Disaster teams are providing refreshment and spiritual and emotional support to the first responders and residents affected by the storms.

Further updated information will follow as it released.