The Salvation Army in Texas City held services in a storage shed, Sunday, after their building was destroyed by fire.
Colorado Springs, CO (July 7, 2012)—The Salvation Army continues to offer aid to the several hundred individuals affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire, which has been burning West of Colorado Springs since June 23. Three teams of volunteers are assisting to meet the immediate and short-term needs of fire survivors, while also addressing the needs of emergency personnel as they finish fighting the flames and prepare for possible rain-related flooding.
One Salvation Army mobile feeding unit is stationed near the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, offering fresh meals, drinks and aid to both fire evacuees and emergency personnel assisting with fire combat and relief. In addition, this team will serve and assist 150 National Guard members assembling sandbags in preparation of possible flooding that could result from the heavy rain that is due to reach Colorado Springs today. The Salvation Army is also staging teams and supplies in preparation for possible flooding and mudslides that could occur the areas burned by the recent fire.
A second mobile team will roam key neighborhoods where evacuees are now allowed to return, offering cold drinks, snacks, as well as care and assistance to those affected families. Trained Emotional and Spiritual Care volunteers are a part of the team, offering care and counseling as requested by survivors.
Waldo Canyon Fire DRC – 7/6/12
Two friendly Salvation Army volunteers are on hand at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to help meet the needs of those affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, CO.
The Salvation Army is also working in cooperation with El Paso County and multiple non-profit and governmental agencies to offer assistance to all residents impacted by the Waldo Canyon Fire at a designated Disaster Response Center (DRC). Volunteers from the Salvation Army’s Colorado Springs Social Services Department are providing financial assistance, hygiene kits and other items to those individuals who seek assistance at the center. In addition, Salvation Army personnel are assessing other immediate and long-term needs for each family, which The Salvation Army’s Family Services Department can continue to meet after the DRC closes. Over the past four days, roughly 250 families have been assisted at the DRC.
Since June 24, when The Salvation Army began responding to the Waldo Canyon Fire, 16,894 meals, 20,685 snacks and 44,011 bottles of water have been distributed to a mix of fire survivors, first responders, emergency and military teams, FEMA response teams, and utility workers.
As immediate relief transitions into long-term recovery, The Salvation Army is preparing to serve not only those whose homes were damaged in the fire, but also those whose place of employment has been affected by the fire, resulting in an inability to conduct work and even layoffs.
The best way to help fire survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. There are a variety of ways public can support The Salvation Army’s wildfire disaster relief efforts:
• Online: Visit www.imsalvationarmy.org
• Phone: Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY – Designate gift “Disaster Relief” or ”Wildfires”
• Mail: Designate “Disaster Relief” or “Wildfires” on check/money order, mail to:
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
P.O. Box 2369
Denver, CO 80201-2369
At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Thrift Store: more information at www.SATruck.com or 1-800-SA-TRUCK.
The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support.
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. For more information, go to www.imsalvationarmy.org.
Warner Robins, GA (July 6, 2012) – A flash, a crash, and suddenly an apartment building on Leisure Road, Warner Robins, is in flames — struck by lightning from a severe summer thunderstorm July 3, 2012. The fire started at approximately 7 PM and within minutes, Captain Gen Perry arrived on scene to learn that 16 families were now homeless.
Immediately Captain Perry pulled his team together, his wife Captain Pam Perry and Salvation Army Caseworker Vickie Turner-Ward. Upon assessing the situation on scene a plan of action was put into place to help those who needed us most. Captain Perry stated “these individuals were going to need clothing and basic supplies to get them through the night and the weekend as the apartment complex was able to provide victims with motel rooms for the evening until they found other apartments for them to move in to.”
Captain Pam Perry and Ms. Turner-Ward opened up the Salvation Army Family Store in Warner Robins to assist families. “We are so thankful that many wonderful individuals in this community donate to the Family store so we could provide clothing, shoes and suitcases to twenty-six men, women and children at a moment’s notice” Captain Pam Perry said. While Vickie and Mrs. Perry assisted families with needed essentials and prayer until midnight, Captain Gene Perry was on the fire scene with The Salvation Army Emergency Vehicle until 1:30 AM serving food and drinks to the firefighters and police personnel.
Colorado Springs, CO (June 24, 2012) – In response to the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs on June 23, 2012, The Salvation Army is assessing the needs of disaster survivors and The Salvation Army’s ability to respond to those needs – both immediately and for the longer term.
At the Cheyenne Mountain High School evacuee shelter, The Salvation Army’s local Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) unit is providing for survivors’ immediate needs, such as food, water, comfort, and counseling. At this time, The Salvation Army is preparing breakfast for 250 evacuees.
An appeal is being made for financial assistance to fund the relief work in Colorado Springs. Those who wish to support The Salvation Army’s disaster response may do so by sending a check earmarked “Disaster Relief” to their local Salvation Army office, or by donating online at www.imsalvationarmy.org, or by making a credit card donation at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.