USA — Per a request from county and state officials, The Salvation Army Austin Area Command responded to a large fire north of Georgetown, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 7. Within minutes of the request, Major John Carter deployed the Austin Area Command EDS team to the site.
Shortly thereafter, a relief station for DPS and other first responders was set up by Raul Muñoz, Austin Area Command community development director and president of CTXVOAD. Officials were provided water, food, snacks and ice at the relief station.
Captain Henry Houston began providing hydration to firefighters from a Canteen (mobile feeding unit) once the fires had been mostly contained. From the drink station, snack and food tables that were set up, approximately 330 sandwiches, 300 sausage wraps, 15 cases of water, 6 cases of Gatorade, 824 snacks and 360 wet iced towels were provided.
Fifty additional meals were prepared for responders who would remain on scene overnight.
About The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Over 33 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 at-risk children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in close to 9,000 communities nationwide.