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Coastal Empire Salvation Army sending help to Texas

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The Coastal Empire Salvation Army is stepping up to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. 

Salvation Army volunteers will be spending two weeks in Texas. They are prepared to head to a staging area in Victoria, TX. We are told about two dozen from Salvation Army will be responding from our area. 

Major Phil Swyers is firing up the mobile feeding kitchen. It's just like the ones we saw stationed in Savannah during our time of need. 

"During Hurricane Matthew, Texas came and helped us during our time here in Savannah dealing with the storm and with that, this is our way of helping them and paying back," said Swyers, Commanding Officer, Coastal Empire Salvation Army. "Our best cook and a case manager for people who just need someone to talk to, have someone professional to do that, and also a department head who has gone on every disaster and they will be joining over 100 canteens that are currently in the area serving people."

The canteen will feed thousands of people. This Savannah canteen is on a 30-minute go notice. If you want to help people as quickly as possible, monetary donations are being accepted. You can use your phone to text 'storm' to 51555, or call 1.800.SAL.ARMY. 

"It is going to take us about 10 or 12 hours and then we will stay up for the night and then we will drive the rest of the way there, and then we'll just be prepared to be flexible wherever they need us," said Dwayne Dasher, Director of Drug and Alcohol Program, Salvation Army. 

Volunteer Stephen Wilkerson says it's his first time doing something like this. 

"It is a natural disaster, so it is just people coming together helping each other out of a situation we cannot control," Wilkerson said. 

"Just seeing the different challenges happening in Texas right now, I know they are at a great disadvantage, but of course the Army has a lot to offer so I am excited to get down there and bring our canteen," said Douglas Kyle, Salvation Army. 

"Monetary gifts are the best way of giving right now because we are easily able to purchase the things at site. Right now, there are pictures of Salvation Army officers in boats rescuing people. While clothing is great, that is now the stage we are in right now for service," Swyers said. "You know, sometimes, prom dresses and bathing suits are not the best things to send. Right now, monetary donations are what the Salvation Army is looking for to assist those individuals in those 100 canteens that are currently serving."

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