Fayetteville, AR — – People right here in Northwest Arkansas are gearing up to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Members of the Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas are in Texas helping out those in need. The organization says this is most likely going to be one of the most extensive feeding operations the Salvation Army has undertaken.
“You see the devastation and you hear words like unprecedented, catastrophic… I think our response because you hear words like unprecedented, our response needs to be unprecedented as well,” said Captain Joshua Robinett, the Northwest Arkansas Area Commander of the Salvation Army.
Three members from the local Salvation Army were sent down to Texas early Sunday morning. One from Fayetteville, Springdale and Rogers.
“On the way out we saw a lot of fences down, huge bales of cotton broken apart and kind of scattered, flagpoles down, power poles at about a 45 degree angle, a lot of shingles off of roofs,” said Captain David Leonard, with the Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas.
The scenes Captain Leonard describes are something that is common across South Texas right now. Leonard is helping out on a mobile food unit in Driscoll which is right outside of Corpus Christi.
“We were told last night that there was a community of about 800 people that still had no power. What food they did have has gone bad so we’re currently serving breakfast to this community and when we get finished with breakfast we’ll start cooking lunch and when we’re done with lunch we’ll prepare for dinner.”
Leonard said giving out basic necessities is just one of many things they hope to provide.
“You’re giving them food, you’re also giving them an ear if they need to kind of process this event. If they need a shoulder, if they need a hug. It’s just really not much more that I can think of that’s any more rewarding than serving people in this capacity.”
The Northwest Arkansas Area Commander for the Salvation Army said helping out those who are in desperate need is something their organization was made for.
“To know that we’re able to send folks down there and we’re able to help, the Salvation Army is mobilized and will be there will be there through the duration of not just what’s happening now but through the long term recovery efforts as well,” Robinett said.
Salvation Army crew member will help out in relief efforts for at least two weeks.