LCRA, City of Brady award $4,762 grant to Salvation Army Brady
New ice machine will be especially helpful during emergencies, community events
May 25, 2022
BRADY, Texas – The Salvation Army Brady soon will be able to make ice more readily available for emergency disaster assistance and community events, thanks to a $4,762 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of Brady.lcra.org/cdpp.The Community Development Partnership Program grant will help the Salvation Army purchase a new ice machine for the McCulloch County Resource Center, where other organizations also will benefit from the new equipment. “We use ice for multiple events and emergency disaster relief for our community,” said Devin Taylor, Salvation Army Brady chairman. “Currently, we store bagged ice so we can have enough ready at a moment’s notice.” The Salvation Army supplies food and drinks to the community during emergencies such as fires and freezes, and can serve groups ranging from 30 firefighters to 300 individuals for several days when needed. The organization now has to transport pallets of 10-pound bags of ice and borrow freezer space to keep ice on hand for disasters. Few places nearby sell ice in the quantity Salvation Army needs, and often during transport, the ice melts and is wasted. “Not only will this save money in purchasing ice but also reduce the waste in transport of that ice in the heat,” Taylor said. “This helps us to be better stewards of the money our community generously gives and provide even more help to those in need.” Salvation Army also lends a hand for community events. “We provide support, including ice, for events such as Goat Cook Off and Mission at Brady, as well as other community outreaches,” Taylor said. The Salvation Army food pantry serves 500 individuals a month. Having ice readily available will help keep perishable items cold during food distribution at the pantry twice a month. The community grant is one of 36 grants awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which helps volunteer fire departments, local governments, emergency responders and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric, water and transmission service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. The City of Brady is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and is a partner in the grant program. Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted in July. More information is available at
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to fulfilling our mission to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 and receives no state appropriations. For more information, visit lcra.org.