AUSTIN — Thanks to a large donation from Randalls Food Markets, hundreds of people at the Austin Salvation Army will be able to use and drink bottled water amid a city-wide boil water notice.
Since the boil water notice started in Austin, many stores and businesses have been severely impacted by the changes. On Tuesday, workers from Randalls brought in a truck filled with bottled water to the Austin Salvation Army. The workers unloaded 36,288 bottles for the shelter. Randalls recently restocked their own shelves with water and reached out to the Austin Salvation Army to see how they could help.
Kelly Perkins is the development director for the Austin Salvation Army. She said this water is going to go a long way to help out the people in their shelter.
"This is huge," Perkins said. "You can imagine a water boil situation in your home, right? You're trying to take showers. You're trying to brush your teeth. You're trying to eat. Whatever the case may be, that's exactly what it is here. This is their home for the time being. This is the shelter."
Perkins said there are about 300 people on average in both their main Austin shelter and the Austin Shelter for Women and Children.
"We have a kitchen but it's not big enough to boil water for all of our needs," Perkins said. "We have to use all bottled water, so it's going to make a difference and allow us to keep our shelters running and housing these people and keeping them up on their feet."
Tuesday, Randalls also dropped off water at the Central Texas Food Bank and Austin Red Cross.