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Volunteers prepare disaster kits for San Antonio elderly

Area churches join San Antonio Food Bank to assemble 3 days of essentials

Volunteers from area churches are joining forces with the San Antonio Food Bank to assemble emergency kits for seniors with three days of essentials.
Volunteers from area churches are joining forces with the San Antonio Food Bank to assemble emergency kits for seniors with three days of essentials.

Volunteers from San Antonio churches -- spearheaded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- have joined forces with the San Antonio Food Bank to assemble emergency kits for seniors.

A small group of volunteers trained Friday to help them get ready for a bigger project in September.

On Sept. 19 and 20, up to 800 volunteers will put together kits with all the essentials to last a person 72 hours.

"Typically, we can have emergency personnel (from) Red Cross and others respond within three days to a disaster," said Rick Miller, Co-Chair Disaster Pack Project/High Council Representative, San Antonio North Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "If they needed to have that kind of aid and assistance, it would be right there in one box. We're having boxes made, printed up with contents and instructions."

The San Antonio Food Bank said it is typically reactive when it comes to emergencies, so the kit concept is new.

"The boxes are prepared, given out in anticipation of an emergency. So of course the senior's free to use them if they need to at that time, but they can also set them aside. They'll last, and they'll be able to use them in case of an emergency," said Dawn Thurmond, the communications manager for the food bank.

The food bank will provide the food for the kits, but volunteers are collecting the other items and donations.

New flashlights, batteries, thermal blankets, whistles, manual can openers, first aid kits and lanterns are all needed and can be donated at the food bank.

Click here for more information on donating to the San Antonio Food Bank. When donating, specify you're donating for the 72-hour kit project.

Here are some links on how to build your own kits for your families: 

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