TEXAS – Reports are coming in from areas hit hard by Hurricane Ike, including The Salvation Army of Beaumont, which buildings have suffered damage due to the storm. The Salvation Army Disaster Warehouse in Beaumont had two bay doors and several windows blown in from the powerful winds. While there is no major structural damage to the facilities, there is some damage inside from water that has come in through broken windows.

Elsewhere in Texas, The Salvation Army has seven large kitchens, one satellite trailer and 73 canteens – 30 from Texas and 43 from other states across The Salvation Army Southern Territory, ready to assist with recovery efforts as soon as clearance is made in all badly affected areas. There are currently 25 feeding sites in Harris and Galveston Counties located at Beaumont; Pasadena (north side of Houston), Texas City – Galveston County and in Galveston at the high school.  An additional 36 Salvation Army canteens are moving into these affected areas.  By midday Monday there will be more than 100 Canteens with staff serving meals and providing spiritual counseling.

Evacuees are currently being sheltered at two Salvation Army Corps in Texarkana and Tyler, and The Salvation Army is feeding at multiple sites throughout North Texas, including Temple, Killeen, College Station, San Antonio, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Paris, Marshall, Tyler, Lufkin and Nacogdoches. As of Friday, September 12, 20,749 meals have been served.

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