The Salvation Army is opening its doors to provide shade and hydration to people seeking shelter from the oppressive Texas summer heat. When the temperature reaches 95 degrees or more, The Salvation Army’s facility at 300 Webster Avenue will be open as a Cooling Station between the hours of 9 AM-4:30 PM. The Cooling Station will only close briefly to allow staff to prepare for dinner service, providing a nourishing meal to anyone in need at the Community Kitchen.
Major James Taylor, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army, said “The Salvation Army is committed to serving the needs of McLennan County 365 days a year. During the summer months, one of the ways we provide comfort and respite is in the form of shade and water to those who would like to step inside from the heat. The primary concern of The Salvation Army is the health and safety of our local citizens,” said Taylor. “Our cooling station is open to everyone. Guests can stay for hours, or simply stop-in to cool-off and enjoy some cold water and recharge before continuing with their day.”
Cooling centers truly do serve the health of the community by providing two things necessary to reduce the risk of heat exposure:
· Hydration. It’s especially important for people to drink water before they get thirsty and to continue drinking throughout the day.
· Cool-down time. Time spent in air-conditioned environments helps the body cool off and lessens the likelihood of getting overheated.
This summer heat also serves as a reminder to check on neighbors such as the elderly, shut-ins, or those neighbors living in older homes with insufficient cooling systems. The Salvation Army has several box fans available. free of charge, to anyone in need thanks to a recent Fan Drive with Keith ACEHardware locations throughout Central Texas.
“Financial donations are the most efficient way that people can help The Salvation Army provide assistance to those in need in our community,” added Taylor. “We will also accept bottled water for distribution at the cooling station. We’re so grateful for the continued support received by The Salvation Army from this community.”
For more information about the Cooling Station and The Salvation Army in Waco please visit us at 300 Webster Avenue or call 254-756-7271. Donations for the summer relief efforts can be made online at www.salvationarmywaco.org.