Salvation Army providing support services at central Texas wildfires

September 6, 2011 11:59:03 AM PDT
Staff and volunteers from the Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command are joining forces with Salvation Army staff from across the state of Texas in providing 24/7 assistance to firefighters battling wildfires that are estimated to have torched more than 25,000 acres in Bastrop County, about 30 miles east of Austin.

Mobile feeding units, or canteens, from The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command are prepared and ready to provide hot meals and other support services to firefighters working round the clock to control the wildfires in Central Texas.

"We're talking about families that are being affected. In some cases people have already been displaced. It's a very distressing situation and our role is to provide whatever assistance we can, for as long as we can," said Major Chris Flanagan, Area Commander for The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command. "Our primary goal is to provide assistance and support to first responders in the affected areas, as well as to the individuals and families that have directly been affected. We are prepared to operate our canteens as long as we are needed."

Each Salvation Army mobile canteen can feed up 2,000 individuals per day.

Since Sunday, more than 475 homes have been destroyed by the raging wildfires and 5,000 area residents evacuated, as conditions continue to worsen. In addition, since the start of the wildfire season, Texas fire crews have responded to a record 20,900 fires that have destroyed more than 1,000 homes and burned 3.6 million acres.

Monetary donations to support Salvation Army Disaster Services can be made by:

  • MAIL ? Please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
  • PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • ONLINE at

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