According to a recent press release, volunteer teams from Williamson County continue to provide meals, drinks, clean-up kits, food boxes and emotional and spiritual support to survivors of Hurricane Harvey. One team with a mobile kitchen is serving food in Houston and another mobile catering truck is serving in La Grange. In addition, the Salvation Army provided nearly $12,000 in gift cards to 135 families at the Multi-Agency Resource Center in Austin on Sunday to help with the purchase of basic necessities and supplies needed to rebuild their homes.
Since late August, the Austin-area volunteer mobile kitchen and catering truck have provided more than 8,000 meals to first responders and storm survivors by serving in the impacted communities of Victoria, Cuero, Port Lavaca, Seadrift, La Grange and Houston, the release stated. The Austin teams are two of 95 mobile feeding units deployed from all over the United States and Canada to support disaster recovery in Texas and now in Florida in the midst of Hurricane Irma.
As of Sept. 10, the Salvation Army has provided 439,000 meals, 355,000 snacks, 474,000 drinks, 6,312 food boxes and 2,830 clean-up kits to those devastated by these storms. Jan Gunter, deputy development director for the Salvation Army, said those numbers continue to grow by the day.
“This is a going to be a long road to recovery for people,” Gunter said. “The Salvation Army is helping people who may not have the [resources] to recover on their own.”
Gunter said the organization is asking the community for monetary donations so it can continue to provide assistance to those affected by the hurricanes.
“Everybody has the ability to give and do something to help,” Gunter said. “We are inviting the community to do what you can do. This is going to take all of us across the state and country to pitch in and help these folks.”
Donations to the Salvation Army can be made online at helpsalvationarmy.org, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by texting STORM to 51555, or by checks designated “Hurricane Harvey” which can be mailed to PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301.
Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs:
• A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
• A $30 donation provides one food box containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household clean-up kit containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
• A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks to 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
• A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
• A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen operational for one day