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Salvation Army’s Illinois Tornado Relief Operation Grows

Salvation Army’s Illinois Tornado Relief Operation Grows

Salvation Army’s Illinois Tornado Relief Operation Grows


Washington, Illinois (November 22, 2013)—The Salvation Army has been hard at work aiding victims in the aftermath of tornadoes of November 17. While work has been taking place throughout the state in areas such as Pekin, East Peoria, Washington, Dana and Gifford, Illinois, the biggest area of concentration has been in Pekin and Washington, two of the hardest hit areas. “Pekin will be concluding its mobile canteen service and segueing into case management and other social services from the Corps Community Center beginning today,” said Major Evie Diaz, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army. “Our work at Crossroads United Methodist Church will continue,” said Diaz.

Through mid-day Friday, service to first responders and residents in the affected areas across the Heartland Division (Central Illinois and Eastern Iowa) included:

  • 8,797 Meals
  • 14,191 Drinks
  • 5,637 Snacks
  • 138 people have received emotional and spiritual care

 

Expanding Service
Beginning today, The Salvation Army is expanding its feeding operations with 6 mobile canteens in the Washington area. The Salvation Army has also begun emergency case management at Crossroads Church where:

  • More than $6300 in gift cards and financial aid has been given to 262 individuals.
  • Three thousand plus items of clothing have been given out,
  • 3,400 food orders—this number does not include prepared meals—have been distributed

 

Doing the work
To date, 225 staff, volunteers and officers have provided 1,397 hours of service with more volunteer opportunities expected as the clean-up grows. To find out more about volunteering, visit www.saheartland.org and click on the volunteer logo.

 

How to Help
The best way to help The Salvation Army serve those affected by this storm is make a monetary contribution.

Online:
Give online at http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/usc/2013-storms

By Phone:
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY [1-800-725-2769]

By Mail:
To donate via mail, please send your check, designated “November Tornadoes” to:
ATTN: NOVEMBER TORNADOES
THE SALVATION ARMY
10 W ALGONQUIN ROAD
DES PLAINES, IL 60016-6000

Text to give:
Text STORM to 80888 and reply YES to confirm your donation*.

Donations of Household Good and Clothing:
Due to the emergency situation, The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual donations of household goods or clothing (gifts-in-kind) will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. PLEASE continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store. You will help your community and help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

 

NEW CONTACT INFORMATION: Companies who wish to donate emergency supplies in bulk:
Please contact Cheri Muller at The Salvation Army’s Heartland Divisional HQ in Peoria at (309) 655-7220 or cheri_muller@usc.salvationarmy.org. Cheri will work with you to determine suitability of donation, our capacity to use it, and where it should be delivered.

 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

**A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Salvation Army Responds to Tornados

Salvation Army Teams Provide Fast Response to November Tornadoes in the Midwest

Des Plaines, Illinois (November 17, 2013)—Severe weather throughout the Midwestern US began early Sunday afternoon, with tornadoes tearing through several cities.

Salvation Army Responds to Strong Storms and TornadoesAccording to CNN.com, at least one person* died in Nashville, Illinois, as a result of the severe storms, said Patti Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Nearly 50 tornadoes had been reported throughout the region as of 4 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service said.

As of 3:10 p.m. (CST) Captain Jeff Carr of The Salvation Army in Peoria, Illinois reported that canteens (mobile kitchens) had been deployed to three nearby areas, including Washington, IL, which was heavily damaged. Carr also reported that The Salvation Army had opened a shelter in Pekin, IL.

Additionally, Major David Dalberg, Emergency and Disaster Service Director for The Salvation Army’s Metropolitan Chicago Division reported that canteens were responding to damaged areas in Will County, IL, near Chicago.

At the time of the writing of this bulletin, there are tornadoes reported in Kentucky and Indiana. The weather pattern is expected to continue moving into Michigan and Ohio. The Salvation Army is already on the ground and prepared to help disaster survivors.

*This number has since been updated to 6.

 
 

How to Help

The best way to help The Salvation Army serve those affected by this storm is make a monetary contribution.

Online

Give securely online.

Text to Give

Text STORM to 80888 and reply YES to confirm your donation**.

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About the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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**A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Salvation Army Responds to Tornados

Salvation Army Responds to Tornados

Salvation Army Responds to TornadosPaducah, Kentucky—Several tornadoes have been sighted as severe storms moved across the Midwest today, causing displaced families and loss of live. The Salvation Army in at least three states has activated Emergency Disaster Services response teams and equipment, adding to the year-round services offered in every zip code in the Country.

Lt. Joseph Crawford, The Salvation Army’s representative responsible for Paducah and the surrounding areas is working with local Emergency Management officials in McCracken County. Lt. Crawford is also coordinating with fire departments and emergency personnel from hard-hit Bridgeport, IL just across the river from Paducah.

The Salvation Army structure allows for prepositioning of a variety of emergency response equipment in strategic locations around the country, including a canteen (mobile feeding unit) stationed in Paducah, Kentucky. Should they be needed, additional equipment and personnel in nearby communities are on stand-by.

For the latest news about Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services or to make a donation in the support of those impacted by this disaster, please visit: www.disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

You may also help The Salvation Army now by texting “SAnow”* 80888 to make a $10.00 contribution to the relief effort. The donation will appear on your next phone bill. Reply “Yes” to complete your gift. Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

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About the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Oklahoma Tornado Response Continues

Oklahoma City, OK (June 17, 2013)—Close to 30 days after the first of a series of tornadoes occurred on May 19, May 20 and May 31 in Central Oklahoma, The Salvation Army continues to provide emergency financial assistance as well as meals, snacks and hydration at locations in the impacted areas.

The Salvation Army has provided over 300,000 meals, drinks, and snacks to those impacted by the May tornadoes and flooding. 28 Canteens (mobile feeding units) and Catering Trucks have been deployed from across the country to assist in the disaster response as well as numerous personnel including volunteers, employees and Officers. Additionally, Clean-up and Comfort (hygiene) kits, as well as other necessary items have been provided. Emotional and spiritual care remains a high priority. The Salvation Army has prayed with over 11,500 persons.

 
 

UPDATES:

For the latest updates on The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster, there are many options to follow:

 
 

UPDATES BY LOCATION

The Salvation Army will continue to provide relief services for tornado and flooding survivors indefinitely. Food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care and other supplies are being provided to residents of the heavily impacted areas including: Canadian, Cleveland and Oklahoma counties.

 
 

MARCS (Multi-Agency Resource Centers)

Hours: Doors Open at 9:00 a.m.

The Salvation Army is located in the El Reno and Moore MARCs. Assistance includes:

  • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
  • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado and Flooding Survivors
  • Referrals for Other Services

Canadian County:
El Reno: Jenx Simmons Field House
214 N. Country Club Rd
El Reno, OK

Moore: Westmoore High School
12613 S. Western Ave.
Moore, OK

 
 

IN KIND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (Bulk Distribution) of In-Kind Gifts

At this location, The Salvation Army is providing water, food, hygiene items, and clean-up kits for anyone affected by the recent tornadoes and flooding.
Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads Distribution Hours:
Monday thru Wednesday: 10 AM until 6 PM
Thursday: 10 AM until 9 PM
Friday and Saturday: 10 AM until 6 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

7000 Crossroads Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK
(Located on Lower Level West entrance of mall in former JC Penney store)
Directions: Use I-240 entrance. Drive behind the AMC Theatre and park at the JC Penney Entrance.

 
 

FIXED FEEDING LOCATIONS
  • Westmoore High School MARC (Multi-Agency Recovery Center) at 12613 S. Western Ave., Oklahoma City.
  • Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads Tornado Relief Distribution Center at 7000 Crossroads Boulevard, Oklahoma City.
  • El Reno MARC at Jenx Simmons Field House, 214 N. Country Club Rd.

 
 

ROVING FEEDING FROM CANTEENS:

At 10 a.m. Salvation Army canteens began patrolling the following areas, offering food and hydration as well as spiritual and emotional care by trained counselors: 35th East and West areas.

 
 

DONATIONS:

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need.

  • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling
    1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
  • Checks may be made out to:
    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    PO BOX 2536
    Oklahoma City, OK 73102
    Please designate “Oklahoma May Tornadoes” on all checks.

 
 

In-Kind:

The Salvation Army cannot accept unsolicited in kind donations for the Oklahoma tornado relief operation.

  • Corporations, foundations and others interested in donating to The Salvation Army response effort should contact Lanita Lloyd at Lanita_Lloyd@uss.salvationarmy.org or 404-728-1300 ext. 10680.
  • Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please visit www.satruck.org.

 
 

VOLUNTEERS:

Those interested in volunteering with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

  • Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
  • There are some direct-service volunteer opportunities available with The Salvation Army’s Oklahoma tornado response. Individuals or groups interested in helping provide assistance to Oklahomans affected by these storms may view and register for available opportunities by visiting www.VolunteerCentralOklahoma.org. Under “Find Volunteer Opportunities,” search for “Salvation Army Disaster.” You can reach our Volunteer Coordinator at 405-620-2027 or SalArmyOKTornadoVolunteer@gmail.com.

 
 
 
 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

From Joplin, With Love

From Joplin, With Love

“When we heard about Moore, it was déjà vu,” says Lt. James Curry, corps officer for The Salvation Army in Joplin, Missouri.

It was May 22, 2011, when the community of Joplin, Missouri, was hit by an EF5 tornado. One hundred and sixty-one lives were lost; another 1,150 people were injured. The tornado was big, measuring a mile wide in its widest part.

The EF5 that touched down in Moore on May 20, 2013, was wider.

“We started praying immediately,” Curry says. “When I went to work we had a moment of silence.”

Soon after, the community stepped up in a big way.

“We had people dropping off baby diapers, wipes, shampoo and conditioner. People who couldn’t afford to buy hand sanitizer were buying hand sanitizer,” says Ali O’Dell, Volunteer Coordinator for The Salvation Army Joplin Corps.

Along with the diapers, wipes and toiletries came bottled water, and lots of it. Sam’s Club donated 2 pallets of water. Another four pallets came from Tri-State Motor Transit Co. and Downstream Casino Resort.

Beacon Roofing Supply donated a truck to drive the donated goods from Missouri. They also donated hygiene kits, cleaning supplies and other items that can be used for debris clean-up and removal.

Lt. Curry said the citizens of Joplin would continue to keep the Moore community in their prayers.

“This outpouring of love and support for the Moore community is something that the Joplin community wanted to do. We’re here to support the community of Moore until the needs are met.”

While Joplin continues to rebuild, Moore will now begin to heal. The gift of love from a different state will help both communities as they look forward, and remember the past.

The Salvation Army is no longer accepting in kind donations; monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need. Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Salvation Army Enters Second Day of New Hours and Locations in OK Relief

2nd Day of New Hours

June 5, 2013, 9:00 a.m. (Moore, OK ) – Yesterday Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) relief efforts expanded into an additional Multi-Agency Relief Center (MARC) set up to serve the survivors of the May 31 events in El Reno at Jenx Simmons Field House at 214 N. Country Club Rd.

Salvation Army disaster relief services at that location include financial assistance to tornado survivors, Salvation Army Family Stores clothing vouchers to tornado and flooding survivors, and referrals for other services.

Yesterday was also the first day of new distribution hours at The Salvation Army Disaster Relief Center in the Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads location (formerly Crossroads Mall).

To better serve community needs, including survivors who have returned to work and cannot visit the Disaster Relief Center during traditional business hours, The Salvation Army has instituted new hours of operation for the Disaster Relief Center from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Each day, the last service appointment of the day at the Salvation Army Disaster Relief Center will be accepted at 7:15 p.m.

One of the nation’s largest federally recognized emergency disaster services agencies in the U.S., The Salvation Army provides relief to 1-2 million disaster survivors and first responders each year and is well-versed in transitioning personnel and resources from initial relief operations—such as providing food, hydration, and initial emotional and spiritual care—to long-term recovery operations that help disaster survivors to re-establish their households and daily lives.

In Oklahoma, Salvation Army EDS teams have been serving and ministering to survivors of the May tornadoes that decimated multiple communities around the Oklahoma City area since May 19. Following a new spate of storms on May 31, The Salvation Army has expanded EDS operations to include new service areas and provisions, including providing residents still without power at their homes with bottled water and food boxes until their power is restored via the Salvation Army Relief Center at the Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads (in the former JC Penney storefront).

These disaster relief operations will continue, as the Army’s first aim is to meet the basic needs of both survivors and first responders:

  • Material Comfort
  • Physical Comfort
  • Spiritual and Emotional Support

Salvation Army EDS staff and volunteers act as a means of expressing God’s love to those in need. The need following these May tornadoes and flooding is great—and will not be met overnight. The Salvation Army has already begun, in the few weeks since the initial storms, to see that Oklahomans’ unmet needs are changing—and our EDS operations are changing and will continue to change in response.

The Salvation Army expects to announce our long-term recovery plan in the near future. We understand that because so many Oklahomans have lost so much–their homes, their cars, their businesses, their jobs—The Salvation Army will experience increased requests for all types of financial and material assistance, not only in the next few months but also through the holidays and into the new year. Serving Oklahomans for more than a century already, The Salvation Army is always prepared to extend a helping hand to our neighbors in need. We are committed to serving Oklahomans’ unmet needs indefinitely.

 
 

UPDATES:

For the latest updates on The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster, there are many options to follow:

Since May 19, 2013, The Salvation Army has provided 48,201 meals, 70,675 drinks, and 62,431 snacks, 22 Canteens (mobile feeding units), 3,794 Clean Up and 5,496 Comfort (hygiene) kits, and prayer with 8,567 persons. More than 13,543 hours have been logged by volunteers, employees and officers.

 
 

Updates by Location

The Salvation Army will continue to provide relief services for tornado and flooding survivors and those impacted by power outages indefinitely. Food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care and other supplies are being provided to residents of the heavily impacted areas including:
Canadian County (El Reno, Mustang, Union City), Cleveland County (Little Axe), Lincoln County (Carney), Pottawatomie County (Shawnee and surrounding area), Henryetta, and Moore.

Overall, The Salvation Army has provided food and hydration, as well other items including:

  • Clean-up Supplies
  • Hygiene Products
  • Household Goods
  • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
  • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado Survivors

 
 

MARCs (Multi-Agency Resource Centers)

Hours: Doors Open at 9:00 a.m.
The Salvation Army is providing:

  • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
  • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado and Flooding Survivors
  • Referrals for Other Services
  • NEW – Canadian County:
    El Reno: Jenx Simmons Field House
    214 N. Country Club Rd
    El Reno, OK
  • Lincoln County:
    Carney: Carney High School – Rooms 5, 6, 7
    304 S. Carney Road
    Carney, OK
  • Pottawatomie County:
    Shawnee: Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech (Sky Labs 1 & 2 and Dining Facility)
    1 John C. Bruton Boulevard
    Shawnee, OK
    I-40 and Highway 18
  • Cleveland County:
    Little Axe: Little Axe Elementary School
    2000 168th Avenue NE
    Norman, OK (Highway 9 and 168th)
  • Moore: Westmoore High School
    12613 S. Western Ave.
    Moore, OK

 
 

IN KIND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (Bulk Distribution) of In-Kind Gifts

At this location, The Salvation Army is providing water, food, hygiene items, and clean-up kits for anyone affected by the recent tornadoes and flooding.
Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads:
Distribution 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Last service appointment of the day at 7:15 p.m.
7000 Crossroads Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK
(Located on SE Corner of mall in former JC Penney store)
Directions: Use I-240 entrance. Drive behind the AMC Theatre and park at the JC Penney Entrance.

 
 

FIXED FEEDING LOCATIONS:
  • Westmoore High School MARC (Multi-Agency Recovery Center) at 12613 S. Western Ave., Oklahoma City.
  • Little Axe Elementary MARC at 2000 168th Avenue NE, Norman (Highway 9 and 168th).
  • Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads Disaster Relief Distribution Center at 7000 Crossroads Boulevard, Oklahoma City.
  • El Reno MARC at Jenx Simmons Field House, 214 N. Country Club Rd.

 
 

ROVING FEEDING FROM CANTEENS:

At 10 a.m. Salvation Army canteens began patrolling the following areas, offering food and hydration as well as spiritual and emotional care by trained counselors: Will Rogers Airport, Moore, Southeast and Southwest 59th Street areas of Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Dell City, Henryetta, Union City, El Reno, and Mustang.

 
 

NATIONALLY:
  • The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply warehouses across the United States to enable speedy mobilization.
  • There are more than 300 emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United States alone and nearly 600 units nationwide.
  • These units are able to serve thousands of meals and drinks per day when operating at full capacity.
  • In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:
    • Clean-up Kits (containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies)
    • Hygiene Kits
    • Household Goods
    • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
    • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado and Flood Survivors

 
 

DONATIONS:

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need.

  • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling
    1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
  • Checks may be made out to:
    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    PO BOX 2536
    Oklahoma City, OK 73102
    Please designate “Oklahoma May Tornadoes” on all checks.

 
 

Your donations make a real difference.
  • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
  • A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
  • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
  • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
  • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

 
 

In-Kind:

The Salvation Army cannot accept unsolicited in kind donations for the Oklahoma tornado relief operation.

  • Corporations, foundations and others interested in donating to The Salvation Army response effort should contact Lanita Lloyd at Lanita_Lloyd@uss.salvationarmy.org or 404-728-1300 ext. 10680.
  • Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please visit www.satruck.org.

 
 

VOLUNTEERS:

Those interested in volunteering with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

  • Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
  • There are some direct-service volunteer opportunities available with The Salvation Army’s Oklahoma tornado response. Individuals or groups interested in helping provide assistance to Oklahomans affected by these storms may view and register for available opportunities by visiting www.VolunteerCentralOklahoma.org. Under “Find Volunteer Opportunities,” search for “Salvation Army Disaster.” You can reach our Volunteer Coordinator at 405-620-2027 or SalArmyOKTornadoVolunteer@gmail.com.

 
 
 
 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Salvation Army Expands Service Hours and Locations in OK Tornado Relief

June 4, 2013, 1:00 p.m. (Moore, OK )—As Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) relief efforts continue in the areas around Oklahoma City, an additional Multi-Agency Relief Center (MARC) is being set up to serve the survivors of the May 31 events in El Reno at Jenx Simmons Field House at 214 N. Country Club Rd.

The Salvation Army will begin providing relief services (financial assistance to tornado survivors, Salvation Army Family Stores clothing vouchers to tornado and flooding survivors, and referrals for other services) in that location today.

To better serve community needs, including survivors who have return to work, The Salvation Army has extended the hours of operation for the Relief Center in the Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads location (formerly Crossroads Mall) from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

As one of the nation’s largest federally recognized emergency disaster services agencies, providing relief to 1-2 million disaster survivors and first responders each year in the United States, The Salvation Army is well-versed in transitioning personnel and resources form initial relief operations—such as providing food, hydration, and initial emotional and spiritual care—to long-term recovery operations that help disaster survivors to re-establish their households and daily lives.

In Oklahoma, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services teams have been serving and ministering to survivors of the May tornadoes that decimated multiple communities around the Oklahoma City area since May 19. Following a new spate of storms on May 31, The Salvation Army has expanded EDS operations to include new service areas and provisions. Including providing residents still without power at their homes with bottled water and food boxes until their power is restored via the Tornado Relief Center at the Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads (in the former JC Penney storefront).

These relief operations will continue, as the Army’s first aim is to meet the basic needs of both survivors and first responders:

  • Material Comfort
  • Physical Comfort
  • Spiritual and Emotional Support

Salvation Army EDS staff and volunteers act as a means of expressing God’s love to those in need. The need following these May tornadoes and flooding is great—and will not be met overnight. We’ve already begun, in the few, short weeks since the initial storms, to see that Oklahomans’ unmet needs are changing—and our services are and will continue to change in response.

The Salvation Army expects to announce our long-term recovery plan in the near future. We understand that because so many Oklahomans have lost their homes, their cars, their businesses, their jobs, we will experience increased requests for all types of financial and material assistance, not only in the next few months but also through the holidays and into the new year.

 
 

UPDATES:

For the latest updates on The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster, there are many options to follow:

Since May 19, 2013, The Salvation Army has provided 44,878 meals, 63,678 drinks, and 55,867 snacks, 22 Canteens (mobile feeding units), 3,668 Clean-up and 5,052 Comfort (hygiene) kits, and prayer with 7,218 persons. More than 12,084 hours have been logged by volunteers, employees and officers.

 
 

Updates by Location

The Salvation Army will continue to provide relief services for tornado and flooding survivors and those impacted by power outages indefinitely. Food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care and other supplies are being provided to residents of the heavily impacted areas including:
Canadian County (El Reno, Mustang, Union City) Cleveland County (Little Axe), Lincoln County (Carney), Pottawatomie County (Shawnee and surrounding area), Henryetta, and Moore.

Overall, The Salvation Army has provided food and hydration, as well other items including:

  • Clean-up Supplies
  • Hygiene Products
  • Household Goods
  • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
  • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado Survivors

 
 

MARCs (Multi-Agency Resource Centers)

Hours: Doors Open at 9:00 a.m.
The Salvation Army is providing:

  • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
  • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado and Flooding Survivors
  • Referrals for Other Services
  • NEW – Canadian County :
    El Reno: Jenx Simmons Field House
    214 N. Country Club Rd
    El Reno, OK
  • Lincoln County:
    Carney: Carney High School – Rooms 5, 6, 7
    304 S. Carney Road
    Carney, OK
  • Pottawatomie County:
    Shawnee: Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech (Sky Labs 1 & 2 and Dining Facility)
    1 John C. Bruton Boulevard
    Shawnee, OK
    I-40 and Highway 18
  • Cleveland County:
    Little Axe: Little Axe Elementary School
    2000 168th Avenue NE
    Norman, OK (Highway 9 and 168th)
  • Moore: Westmoore High School
    12613 S. Western Ave.
    Moore, OK

 
 

IN KIND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (Bulk Distribution) of In-Kind Gifts

At this location, The Salvation Army is providing water, food, hygiene items, and clean-up kits for anyone affected by the recent tornadoes and flooding.

Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads:
Distribution 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
7000 Crossroads Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK
(Located on SE Corner of mall in former JC Penney store)
Directions: Use I-240 entrance. Drive behind the AMC Theatre and park at the JC Penney Entrance.
 
 

FIXED FEEDING LOCATIONS

Westmoore High School MARC (Multi-Agency Recovery Center) at 12613 S. Western Ave., Oklahoma City.
Little Axe Elementary at 2000 168th Avenue NE, Norman (Highway 9 and 168th).
Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads Relief Distribution Center at 7000 Crossroads Boulevard, Oklahoma City.
 
 

ROVING FEEDING FROM CANTEENS:

At 10 a.m. Salvation Army canteens began patrolling the following areas, offering food and hydration as well as spiritual and emotional care by trained counselors: Moore, Southeast and Southwest 59th Street areas of Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Dell City, Henryetta, Union City, El Reno, and Mustang.
 
 

Nationally:

The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply warehouses across the United States to enable speedy mobilization.

There are more than 300 emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United States alone and nearly 600 units nationwide.

These units are able to serve thousands of meals and drinks per day when operating at full capacity.

In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:

  • Clean-up Kits (containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies)
  • Hygiene Kits
  • Household Goods
  • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
  • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado and Flood Survivors

 
 

DONATIONS:

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need.

  • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling
    1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
  • Checks may be made out to:
    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    PO BOX 2536
    Oklahoma City, OK 73102
    Please designate “Oklahoma May Tornadoes” on all checks.

 
 

Your donations make a real difference.
  • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
  • A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
  • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
  • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
  • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

 
 

In-Kind:

The Salvation Army cannot accept unsolicited in kind donations for the Oklahoma tornado relief operation.

  • Corporations, foundations and others interested in donating to The Salvation Army response effort should contact Lanita Lloyd at Lanita_Lloyd@uss.salvationarmy.org or 404-728-1300 ext. 10680.
  • Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please visit www.satruck.org.

 
 

VOLUNTEERS:

Those interested in volunteering with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

  • Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
  • There are some direct-service volunteer opportunities available with The Salvation Army’s Oklahoma tornado response. Individuals or groups interested in helping provide assistance to Oklahomans affected by these storms may view and register for available opportunities by visiting www.VolunteerCentralOklahoma.org. Under “Find Volunteer Opportunities,” search for “Salvation Army Disaster.” You can reach our Volunteer Coordinator at 405-620-2027 or SalArmyOKTornadoVolunteer@gmail.com.

 
 
 
 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Salvation Army Continues Tornado Relief, Plans Long-term Recovery for OK

June 3, 2013, 11:00 a.m. (Moore, OK)—As one of the nation’s largest federally recognized emergency disaster services agencies, providing relief to 1-2 million disaster survivors and first responders each year in the United States, The Salvation Army is well-versed in transitioning personnel and resources form initial relief operations—such as providing food, hydration, and initial emotional and spiritual care—to long-term recovery operations that help disaster survivors to re-establish their households and daily lives.

In Oklahoma, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services teams have been serving and ministering to survivors of the May tornadoes that decimated multiple communities around the Oklahoma City area since May 19. Following a new spate of storms on May 31, The Salvation Army has expanded EDS operations to include new service areas and provisions. Including providing residents still without power at their homes with bottled water and food boxes until their power is restored via the Tornado Relief Center at the Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads (in the former JC Penney storefront). Distribution hours are 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

These relief operations will continue, as the Army’s first aim is to meet the basic needs of both survivors and first responders:

  • Material Comfort
  • Physical Comfort
  • Spiritual and Emotional Support

Salvation Army EDS staff and volunteers act as a means of expressing God’s love to those in need. The need following these May tornadoes is great—and will not be met overnight. We’ve already begun, in the few, short weeks since the initial storms, to see that Oklahomans’ unmet needs are changing—and our services are and will continue to change in response.

The Salvation Army expects to announce our long-term recovery plan in the near future. We understand that because so many Oklahomans have lost their homes, their cars, their businesses, their jobs, we will experience increased requests for all types of financial and material assistance, not only in the next few months but also through the holidays and into the new year.

UPDATES:

For the latest updates on The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster, there are many options to follow:

Since May 19, 2013, The Salvation Army has provided 44,573 meals, 62,915 drinks, and 54,479 snacks, 22 Canteens (mobile feeding units), 3,619 Clean Up and 3,439 Comfort (hygiene) kits, and prayer with 7,115 persons. More than 11,823 hours have been logged by volunteers, employees and officers.

Updates by Location

The Salvation Army will continue to provide relief services for tornado survivors indefinitely. Food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care, and other supplies are being provided to residents of the heavily impacted areas including:
Canadian County (El Reno, Mustang, Union City) Cleveland County (Little Axe), Lincoln County (Carney), Pottawatomie County (Shawnee and surrounding area), and Moore.

  • Overall, The Salvation Army has provided food and hydration, as well other items including:
    • Clean-up Supplies
    • Hygiene Products
    • Household Goods
    • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
    • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado Survivors

MARCs (Multi-Agency Resource Centers)

Hours: Doors Open at 9:00 a.m.
The Salvation Army is providing:

  • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
  • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado Survivors
    • Lincoln County:
      Carney: Carney High School – Rooms 5, 6, 7
      304 S. Carney Road
      Carney, OK
    • Pottawatomie County:
      Shawnee: Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech (Sky Labs 1 & 2 and Dining Facility)
      1 John C. Bruton Boulevard
      Shawnee, OK
      I-40 and Highway 18
    • Cleveland County:
      Little Axe: Little Axe Elementary School
      2000 168th Avenue NE
      Norman, OK (Highway 9 and 168th)
    • Moore: Westmoore High School
      12613 S. Western Ave.
      Moore, OK

IN KIND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (Bulk Distribution) of In-Kind Gifts
  • Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads:
    Distribution 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
    7000 Crossroads Boulevard
    Oklahoma City, OK
    (Located on SE Corner of mall in former JC Penney store)
    Directions: Use I-240 entrance. Drive behind the AMC Theatre and park at the JC Penney Entrance.

FIXED FEEDING LOCATIONS
  • Westmoore High School MARC (Multi-Agency Recovery Center) at 12613 S. Western Ave., Oklahoma City.
  • Little Axe Elementary at 2000 168th Avenue NE, Norman (Highway 9 and 168th).
  • Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads Tornado Relief Distribution Center at 7000 Crossroads Boulevard, Oklahoma City.

ROVING FEEDING FROM CANTEENS:

At 10 a.m. Salvation Army canteens began patrolling the following areas, offering food and hydration as well as spiritual and emotional care by trained counselors: Moore, Southeast and Southwest 59th Street areas of Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Dell City, Henryetta, Union City, El Reno, and Mustang.

Nationally:
  • The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply warehouses across the United States to enable speedy mobilization.
  • There are more than 300 emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United States alone and nearly 600 units nationwide.
  • These units are able to serve thousands of meals and drinks per day when operating at full capacity.
  • In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:
    • Clean-up Kits (containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies)
    • Hygiene Kits
    • Household Goods
    • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
    • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado Survivors

DONATIONS:

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need.

  • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
  • Checks may be made out to:
    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    PO BOX 2536
    Oklahoma City, OK 73102
    Please designate “Oklahoma May Tornadoes” on all checks.

Your donations make a real difference.
  • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
  • A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
  • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
  • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
  • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

In-Kind:

The Salvation Army cannot accept unsolicited in kind donations for the Oklahoma tornado relief operation.

  • Corporations, foundations and others interested in donating to The Salvation Army response effort should contact Lanita Lloyd at Lanita_Lloyd@uss.salvationarmy.org or 404-728-1300 ext. 10680.
  • Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please visit www.satruck.org

.

VOLUNTEERS:
  • Those interested in volunteering with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
  • There are some direct-service volunteer opportunities available with The Salvation Army’s Oklahoma tornado response. Individuals or groups interested in helping provide assistance to Oklahomans affected by these storms may view and register for available opportunities by visiting www.VolunteerCentralOklahoma.org. Under “Find Volunteer Opportunities,” search for “Salvation Army Disaster.”

 
 
 
 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

McAlester Oklahoma Canteen Provides Community Care After Tornadoes

513-McAlester

Moore, OK (May 24, 2013)—It was a humid Wednesday evening as the McAlester, Oklahoma canteen roamed the streets of Moore, Oklahoma. Hot barbeque sandwiches and cold beverages were being served from the window of the truck, as volunteers walked the streets, searching for people who looked like they were in need of hydration.

In the neighborhood where the canteen slowly rolled forward, there is a house that is standing on the edge of total destruction. Its roof’s shingles have been destroyed, windows are shattered, small craters in the brick can be seen from the driveway, but the house is still standing. Inside is a woman who has not left since the storms rolled through Moore on Monday. Because she has terminal cancer and her mobility is limited, she has chosen to stay inside of her home.

This woman was brought to the attention of Sargent Rob Daniels, via a concerned neighbor who knew of the situation. Immediately, Sargent Daniels stopped the canteen in front of her house, and approached the woman. Seconds turned into minutes, and minutes turned into hours as the woman recounted story after story of her survival.

So often during disaster, the image of The Salvation Army is a box of warm food in a Styrofoam box being delivered to an affected family, but The Salvation Army finds so much more depth in the delivery of a product. We find hope in hopeless situations. We find strength in the fragile. We find opportunities to spread the power that is the gospel of Jesus Christ to the very people he came to save.

It is easy to give to The Salvation Army:

  • By phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Online at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/eds/aok
  • By mail: The Salvation Army – Disaster Relief P.O. BOX 2536 Oklahoma City, OK 73102. Please make checks payable to “The Salvation Army” and clearly marked “May 2013 Oklahoma Tornadoes.”
  • You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*

Currently, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public for disaster relief operations. In-kind donations require sorting, boxing, palletizing, storage, and delivery to the disaster location. All of these activities can be costly and time consuming, and therefore may delay service delivery. Used clothing and used furnishings are not needed for disaster relief.

However, The Salvation Army depends upon your donation of used clothing and other items to support local programming. Please consider donating your used clothing to your local Salvation Army Family Store.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Offers Critical Support to Tornado Survivors Men Recovering from Addiction Help a City Recover

Oklahoma City, OK (May 24, 2013)—Since Monday men in The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center have worked tirelessly behind the scenes offering critical support to tornado relief efforts. Pallet after pallet of food, bottled water, and other goods have been sorted and placed on trucks for distribution to survivors and first responders.

“Serving with the recovery effort gives us a chance to give back,” said one program beneficiary. “When we were struggling with addiction…with alcohol and drugs…we weren’t any good to anyone. Now, we are making a difference and it feels great.”

Currently, 80 men are working toward their recovery in the Oklahoma center. Through life skill classes, counseling, spiritual development and work therapy these men are overcoming their addictions and learning to be the people God intended them to be.

The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center is a place of recovery and healing. Our staff and our beneficiaries are proud to help the people of Oklahoma. Our team will continue serving our neighbors until we are no longer needed,” said Major Steve Justice, Administrator of the Oklahoma Adult Rehabilitation Center. As of Friday morning, The Salvation Army had served more than 11,000 meals, 24,000 snacks and drinks, and provided emotional and spiritual care to 1,261 survivors and first responders.

Those who wish to help the recovery efforts are asked to make a financial donation. Cash donations allow The Salvation Army to purchase product to quickly and efficiently meet the most urgent needs of disaster victims. When possible, the purchases are made near the disaster site to stimulate the local economy and ensure quicker delivery.

It is easy to give to The Salvation Army:

  • PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • ONLINE at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/eds/aok
  • By mail: The Salvation Army – Disaster Relief P.O. BOX 2536 Oklahoma City, OK 73102. Please make checks payable to “The Salvation Army” and clearly marked “May 2013 Oklahoma Tornadoes.”
  • You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*

Currently, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public for disaster relief operations. In-kind donations require sorting, boxing, palletizing, storage, and delivery to the disaster location. All of these activities can be costly and time consuming, and therefore may delay service delivery. Used clothing and used furnishings are not needed for disaster relief.

However, The Salvation Army depends upon your donation of used clothing and other items to support local programming. Please consider donating your used clothing to your local Salvation Army Family Store.

 
 
 
 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.