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Responding to the San Marcos, Texas Memorial Day weekend flood, the Texas Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) team set up a collection/warehouse/distribution center in a former Target store in San Marcos. Under the management of Monique Monroe (ACS Dallas Area Coordinator), over 3,000 survivors of the were assisted. Volunteers from the area churches helped, as well as local spontaneous volunteers, and a group of AmeriCore Volunteers (the State of Texas Department of Emergency Management assisted in assigning them to help ACS). The City of San Marcos expressed their deepest appreciation for the work of ACS in leading out in donations management following the flood.
More than 2,300 volunteer hours were logged by 602 volunteers at the ACS Center. Donations came from 724 individuals/groups/companies and 1,850 families were served, with a total of 9,250 people helped. The survivors filled and took 2,460 grocery cartloads of goods, with an estimated value of $369,000.00.
Local volunteers and one of our ACS volunteers will manage the long-term recovery warehouse. The goods remaining from our operation have been moved to an old lumber yard, and additional building/recovery items will be accepted and stored there. Groups working to help rebuild will be able to access these items.