Local Salvation Army Needs Your Donations

by Roma Vivas
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - "We have depleted that fund already and we still have several months to go with hurricane season and wild fire season," Sgt. Jay Ward with the Salvation Army, said.

The Salvation Army was happy to help with the women and children seized from the Polygamist compound, but it was not an easy or cheap task.

In total, they spent about $12,000 dollars in the five days they were there.

"We went to the compound, no pork products, a lot of fresh vegetables, their diets were very specific, they wanted everything fresh, nothing processed," Ward said.

These disasters are taking a strain on the non-profit.

"This year there have been a lot of wildfires, two police standoffs in the recent past and of course the people that have evacuated from the compound, El Dorado, about 800 folks," Ward said, "We have depleted our replacements, and we have about 100 person's worth of food right now."

And they are asking West Texans for help.

"We need things like water, bottle water, Gatorade, any kind of food that is not non-perishable, canned items that we can cook, when we are on site," Ward said.

For information on how you can donate, call the Odessa Salvation Army at 332-1269, or visit them at 1216 E. 8th Street in Odessa.