United Way Of Lamar County
The United Way of Lamar County is celebrating 74 years of meeting the needs of their neighbors through programs focused on the education, financial stability, and health of their local community. The United Way is a centralized resource to the community and area organizations, acting as a voice for those in need and bringing together programs in strategic initiatives to alleviate the high levels of poverty in Paris, TX, and greater Lamar County. The United Way has been coordinating with the organizations that have been running warming centers and shelters as well as providing food to the local Boys and Girls Club to distribute to families.
American National Red Cross
Even amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, American Red Cross disaster responders are helping families across the country by making sure they have a safe place to stay, food to eat and helpful safety information. The Red Cross is responding in regions like Texas and Tennessee and watching the extreme weather to determine if more help is needed. Nearly 115 disaster responders are supporting, in person or virtually, more than 80 open shelters from Texas to Tennessee with over 1,700 people seeking warmth and safety. Additionally, they are supporting warming centers throughout these impacted regions.
Feeding Texas is a statewide network of 21 member food banks leading a unified effort to end hunger in Texas. Their goal is to ensure access to adequate, nutritious food for all Texans, improve the health and financial stability of the communities they serve, and engage all stakeholders in advocating for hunger solutions. During winter storm response, Feeding Texas is providing food to emergency warming shelters across the state.
Salvation Army National Corp.
The Salvation Army of Texas has opened emergency warming stations throughout the state without access to power in communities where temperatures have reached dangerous lows. The organization is also distributing cold weather clothing, mobilizing outreach units (as roads permit) to serve hot meals and beverages, feeding first responders, providing stranded travelers with temporary shelter and emergency transportation.