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

February 22, 2017
Sally Haims |

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

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.

The Salvation Army is responding to the needs of those affected by the overwhelming flooding in many parts of California including San Jose, Salinas, Bishop, Turlock, Modesto, and Hollister. The Salvation Army staff, officers, and volunteers will continue to provide much-needed care to a growing number of people.

  • Online:
  • Mail: Designate “Disaster Relief – Northern California Floods” 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 Northern California Floods”

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

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