Salvation Army emergency response team holding training for volunteers

Published: Jan. 19, 2020 at 5:22 PM CST
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Whenever disaster strikes, one local group is always ready to lend a hand to first responders, victims, and anyone else affected.

"We go out, we make sure they're hydrated, we keep an eye on them, we give them snacks, we minister to them, we pray over them, and we pray with the families and the victims," Linda Day said.

Day said she's been part of the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Response Team for about 10 years.

She said their team goes out to fires, crime scenes, search parties, and anything where first responders are working for hours at a time.

Day said they helped with the search effort last Sunday for the Arkansas woman who drowned after a crash in a Sherman culvert.

"We did a lot of praying, because that was a tough one," Day said.

Day said they provide snacks and drinks.

She said they hope to meet not only people's physical needs, but spiritual too, by praying for them.

Her husband was a firefighter for 16 years, so it's a cause she's passionate about.

"Most of the firefighters in Grayson County are volunteer so this comes out of their pockets, but they have a heart for it," Day said.

Major Tex Ellis with the Salvation Army said it's made possible through volunteers and donations.

"We have so many volunteer opportunities but this is one where you're really able to touch lives," Ellis said.

Day said they're always in need of supply donations, and anyone can become a volunteer.

They're having a disaster response training February 8.

"We'd like to have anybody that's interested in joining the team and doing disaster response to come along," Day said.

Ellis said they come any time of the day to where they're needed.

"The small grass fires and the small house fires in the middle of the night, and the accidents out on the highway that may not necessarily make the big news but we're there," Ellis said.

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