Salvation Army arrives with hot food

DOUGLASS, TX (KTRE) - Douglass area residents who have been without power since Hurricane Ike have been missing something. Mildon Boggs, said,  " We haven't had any hot stuff for three days. " His wife Pat agreed, " Cold meals they're ok,but nothing like hot meals. Praise the Lord for people who do this. " That would be the Salvation Army filling the craving with hot pockets. Billie Barnhart said,  " It will be a better meal than we've been having. "

The six food trucks and the volunteers inside them come from all over. Director Luis Baquedo came all the way from Washington D.C.  " We have a heavy pool of volunteers and staff. They come from Washington, New Mexico and California."   U.S. Marines are also helping out. They're trained on ways to handle tough situations. Staff Sgt. Christopher Nix advised, " Don't stress out. Take each day at a time. Learn to be flexible. Things will get better. "

Some of that stress is relieved for a 12 year old Destiny Ferguson. The crowd waiting in line for their meals sang Happy Birthday to the slightly embarrassed pre teen.   No birthday cake, but on this day a hot meal is the present for everyone.

The Salvation Army also served at Etoile Volunteer Fire Department for volunteers and residents.