The Salvation Army Aids Those Affected by Major Flooding in San Jose

Feb 22, 2017 | by Sally Robb Haims

Santa Clara, CA (February 22, 2017):  The Salvation Army in partnership with the City of San Jose and the American Red Cross are responding to the needs of nearly 300 people affected by the overwhelming flooding in San Jose, along swollen Coyote Creek. Two shelters have been opened to assist evacuees, one at Evergreen Valley High School, 3300 Quimby Road and another at James Lick High School at 57 N. White Road.

“When we got the call from the Red Cross, we had all hands on deck to help our community” said Major David Yardley, officer at The Salvation Army Silicon Valley.

On Tuesday evening, in addition to providing 120 dinners, Army staff, officers and volunteers offered much-needed care to a growing number of evacuees, some of whom were rescued by boat from the rapidly rising floodwaters.

“We will continue to provide to comfort, food, and hydration for the evacuees,” said John McKnight, Director of Emergency Disaster Services, The Salvation Army Golden State Division. “Going forward today, we will be serving lunch and dinner,” said McKnight.

“We are grateful to be in a position to serve people in need, and we invite the community to join us in supporting the evacuees,” said McKnight.  

The best way to help disaster survivors is to make a financial contribution.  Monetary donations allow disaster responders to meet the needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army uses 100 percent of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief operations.  

•    Online: You can donate to the flood relief here.  
•    Mail: Designate “Disaster Relief - San Jose” on check/money order, mail to: The Salvation Army Golden State Division 832 Folsom Street San Francisco, CA 94107
•    Phone: Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY- Designate gift “Disaster Relief San Jose”

For the latest emergency disaster services news for The Salvation Army across the United States, please visit and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support.

About The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. For more information, go to 

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