Dallas, Texas – The Salvation Army, a beacon of benevolence for the Northern Texas region, has declared the initiation of its ambitious endeavor to combat the scorching summer heat. The project entails the strategic establishment of cooling stations in a network spanning five counties and the planned provision of water and box fans at carefully selected locations.
These specially-designed cooling outposts situated in Dallas, Denton, Collin, Tarrant, and Ellis counties will serve as havens from the heat, offering much-needed shade and hydration to individuals vulnerable to the perilous conditions engendered by the blistering heat. It is important to note, however, that the specifics of operations and guidelines may differ, subject to the city and county in which they are located.
Salvation Army of North Texas to open cooling centers in Dallas, Denton, Collin, Tarrant and Ellis
To elaborate, the cooling stations will be operating in the following establishments:
- Dallas County plays host to these stations at the Carr P. Collins Social Service Center, Garland Corps Community Center, Irving Corps Community Center, Oak Cliff Corps Community Center, and the Pleasant Grove Corps Community Center.
- Denton County’s provisions can be found at the Denton Corps Community Center and the Lewisville Corps Community Center.
- In Collin County, cooling assistance is available at the Plano Corps Community Center and the McKinney Corps Community Center.
- Tarrant County is home to the Arlington Corps Community Center, while the J.E. & L.E. Mabee Social Service Center aids through heat relief via its mobile canteen.
- In Ellis County, the Waxahachie Corps Community Center stands ready to assist.
The activation of these cooling stations is dictated by weather forecasts predicting temperatures of 100 degrees or beyond, typically spanning more than one day, or when the heat index surpasses a sizzling 105 degrees for a minimum of two consecutive days.
The Salvation Army, in its unceasing commitment to providing support to those in need, has also announced its intention to dispatch emergency disaster mobile feeding units – colloquially referred to as “canteens”. These units have been charged with the mission of delivering direct relief to the vulnerable segments of the population. Additionally, financial assistance will be provided to families experiencing wage losses and facing the daunting threat of utility disconnection.
“The heat can cause more despair for North Texans still being affected by inflation, rising costs, and lingering effects of the pandemic. The Salvation Army is providing aid at a time when North Texans are facing continued hardship,” said Major Paul McFarland, area commander of The Salvation Army of North Texas.
“As the need continues, The Salvation Army will provide necessary resources to keep individuals cool and safe, families in their homes, and financial support for those struggling, as well as prepare our children for success in school.”