salvation army water Salvation Army Helping Homeless During Extreme Heat

A Salvation Army volunteer hands out ice cold water in Fort Worth. (credit: Chuck Schechner/KRLD NewsRadio 1080)

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Staying cool and hydrated is difficult during this North Texas heat wave, but imagine trying to keep yourself safe if you’re homeless.

To help those less fortunate Salvation Army volunteers have been spending their afternoons handing out hundreds of cups of cold water along Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth.

Access to water is something that can be difficult for those living on the streets.

“Some of the places you’re not allowed in and then only at certain times they can get water,” Salvation Army volunteer Frank Calvert said of some of the problems the homeless face.

The Salvation Army mobile emergency kitchen has been parking on Lancaster for days now and folks say it’s a welcomed sight.

“It’s very, very important. You gotta stay hydrated,” a man who identified himself as Chris said. “It gets hot and then it just gets hotter on… and tomorrow it’s gonna be hot.”

On Tuesday Salvation Army volunteers handed out more than 400 cups of ice-cold water.

“They are so polite. They say ‘thank you’ and ‘can we have a cup’ and they wait their turn,” Calvert said. “Very seldom do we ever get anybody trying to push in.”

According to the Texas Heart Institute, the elderly are at the highest risk for dehydration, especially during extreme heat.

While outdoors experts recommend having a cool drink every 15 to 20 minutes, something many homeless people find hard to achieve.

The Salvation Army mobile emergency kitchen is parked in a vacant lot near the 1400 block of Lancaster Avenue, between Cedar and Cypress Streets.

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