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A message of support and encouragement to The Salvation Army from Governor Fallin

A message of support and encouragement to The Salvation Army from Governor Fallin today in Moore, OK. Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized:

Give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769), or text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation*.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*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.

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Salvation Army Responds to Deadly Tornado in Moore OK

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Moore, OK (May 21, 2013 – 2:10 AM)—The Salvation Army is on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma with multiple canteens and personnel coordinating with Local and State Emergency Management to serve first responders and those affected by the tornado. We continue to provide service to hard hit areas from yesterdays’ storms which include Shawnee – multiple sites, Carney area, and Cleveland County.

Meals and hydration are being provided for first responders and those affected. Major Steve Morris, Arkansas-Oklahoma Divisional Commander has been driving around the affected area. Major Morris states “The devastation is far reaching both in human life, property and livestock loss. The Salvation Army is honored to serve and provide sustenance to first responders involved in search and rescue, coordination efforts and more. And, of course, all survivors will be provided spiritual and emotional care.”

Canteens involved in the response from Oklahoma include Central Oklahoma Area Command (Oklahoma City), Ardmore, Enid, Lawton, McAlester and Muskogee. Also, disaster response teams from Pine Bluff, Jonesboro and Hot Springs, Arkansas are en route to the Oklahoma City metropolitan area to assist in response. Personnel from across the division are also traveling to the area to form a Divisional Incident Command Team (which helps coordinate the overall response for The Salvation Army). Central Oklahoma Area Command has established a local Incident Command team for response.

The Salvation Army is ready to provide the services mentioned above for as long as we are needed. Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available. Please follow us at www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOKEDS, www.twitter.com/cindySAARMYOKPR, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOK, www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK for more information.

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

  • 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.”*
  • Donations in the form of checks designated to Oklahoma Tornado Relief may also be mailed to:
    The Salvation Army
    PO Box 12600
    Oklahoma City, OK 73157

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*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.

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Salvation Army Gearing Up To Respond In Moore, OK

The Salvation Army is currently mobilizing disaster response units to serve hard-hit areas in Central Oklahoma, including Moore and South Oklahoma City.

Major Steve Morris, Divisional Commander of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army is on the ground in Moore, OK. In a statement he said “The Salvation Army is calling on everyone to pray for all of those impacted by the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma.” “Many of these impacted communities will take months or even years to recover. The Salvation Army is committed to being there with them throughout and providing aid wherever it’s needed.”

More information will follow.

The Salvation Army is welcoming cash donations that will help provide food, water, ice and other necessities in the initial response. The Salvation Army is also providing emotional and spiritual comfort to those affected.

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.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*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.

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Oklahoma Hit Hard by Second Day of Devastating Tornadoes

May 20, 2013—Oklahoma City, OK—The Salvation Army has been responding to many areas today; however, even as tornadoes are hitting the Central Oklahoma Area, Emergency Disaster Services Director, Steven Hartsook, is lining up disaster response units to serve hard-hit Moore and South Oklahoma City.

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Pottawatomie County
The McAlester, Oklahoma and Shawnee, Oklahoma disaster response teams served multiple locations in Shawnee area, including devastated neighborhoods and rural areas throughout the night and day. Around 3:00 PM all units were pulled into safety as tremendous storms threatened the area. Response teams will be out once again upon an all clear.

Lincoln County
The Enid, OK canteen provided breakfast, lunch & dinner to the Carney, Oklahoma area throughout the early morning hours and all day today.

Cleveland County
The Central Oklahoma Area Command Disaster Service Unit responded to Little Axe area with breakfast, lunch & dinner today. The Salvation Army was responding, even as one of our Salvation Army family member’s home was destroyed.

Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services to storm victims. Please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate. All donations for disaster services will be used for the designated purpose. For additional updates please follow us at www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOKEDS, www.twitter.com/cindySAARMYOKPR, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOK, www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK. Also, you can text a donation* to STORM 80888.

Donations may also be mailed to The Salvation Army, PO Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157.

Contact: Cindy Fuller, Mobile: 405/830/6549
E-mail: cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org
Office: 405/254/1156

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*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.

The Salvation Army Uganda

On This Day In History: May 20

In May of 1931, The Salvation Army began work in Uganda as part of the East Africa Territory. In September of 1977, the Army’s religious teachings were banned, as well as its ministry, including social work in 1978. Then in 1980, Majors Leonard and Dorthy Millar began working with persecuted Salvationists to re-establish The Salvation Army. They were successful! Uganda now stands as its own territory within The Salvation Army. Doing The Most Good in Uganda!

The Salvation Army Uganda

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The Salvation Army Responds to Multiple Locations In Oklahoma Affected by Tornadoes

May 19, 2013 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Salvation Army of Arkansas and Oklahoma is becoming active in disaster response to several areas as a result of weather related events. A strong storm system crossed Oklahoma this afternoon that developed multiple thunderstorms and tornados across the State of Oklahoma.

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Pottawatomie County
The Central Oklahoma Area Command mobile feeding unit (canteen) as well as the Shawnee Catering truck has been dispatched to support search, rescue and recovery efforts near Shawnee, where multiple sites were affected by tornadoes. This evening, dinner and snacks will be provided to responders as well as storm survivors. Beginning in the morning, Monday, May 20, the McAlester canteen will assist Shawnee with service all day in the Shawnee area.

Lincoln County
Additionally, the Enid canteen is being deployed to the Carney area to provide dinner and snacks this evening as well as providing services all day on Monday, May 20.

Cleveland County
Upon arrival of the McAlester canteen to the Shawnee area on Monday morning, the Central Oklahoma Area Command’s canteen will move to the Norman area for service to first responders and those affected by the tornadoes that hit in the area earlier today.

Updates will be provided as more information becomes available. Please follow us at www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOKEDS, www.twitter.com/cindySAARMYOKPR, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOK, www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK for additional information.

Contact: Cindy Fuller, Mobile: 405/830/6549
E-mail: cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org
Office: 405/254/1156

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

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The Salvation Army in Route To Assist with Clean Up After Weekend Flooding in Rhea County, Tennessee

Chattanooga, TN (May 20, 2013)—The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga is loading Flood Relief Kits to assist with clean-up for residents of Rhea County. Due to rising waters from weekend storms, homes in the Morgantown area of Rhea County have experienced some flooding and need assistance with cleanup. A Salvation Army team will also help assess damage to better determine if further assistance is needed.

Each Flood Relief kit contains a mop, broom, bucket, bleach, gloves, sponges, squeegee, mask, cleaning brush, and garbage bag. Each kit costs The Salvation Army $26.50. Donations to offset these costs would be appreciated. Donations can be made online at www.csarmy.org, by phone to 1-800-Sal-Army or by mailing The Salvation Army at 822 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN, 37403. The Salvation Army also asks for you to pray for the residents of Rhea County as they clean up from this flooding.

For more information, please contact Kimberly George, Director of Marketing for The Salvation Army of Chattanooga at 423-756-1023 or Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 133 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.

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The Salvation Army Meeting Unmet Needs in Johnson County Following Tornado

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DALLAS (May 18, 2013)—The Salvation Army continues to respond in both Johnson and Hood Counties after powerful tornadoes caused significant damage on Wednesday night. Staff and volunteers provided meals, snacks and drinks from three Salvation Army mobile kitchens on Thursday and Friday. More than 600 meals and snacks have been served in addition to 950 drinks, to survivors and first responders.

In Cleburne, The Salvation Army response on Friday focused on providing assistance at a 44 unit trailer park located a few miles outside of the city. Many of the relief agencies and resulting media attention have focused on larger, more affluent communities that sustained significant damage to property and power lines during the storm. On Thursday, The Salvation Army was made aware of the situation at the trailer park and the immediate needs of the families there, the majority whom do not have any insurance. Several units were completely destroyed while many trailers sustained structural damage to their roof and walls.

The Salvation Army delivered hygiene kits to families in the community before serving dinner from the mobile kitchen on Thursday evening. Elizabeth Aranguren, The Salvation Army Service Center Director in Cleburne, observed that many of the units are in need of immediate repairs in order to protect against further rain and storms in the forecast. “Some of the homes have been destroyed by the tornado but many are still standing and have large holes that need to be repaired. The Salvation Army is committed to helping these people, many who have nowhere else to turn,” she explained. “We are working to secure building materials and tools so that we can help these people repair their homes.”

Additionally, Salvation Army volunteers delivered two food boxes containing non-perishables to each home on Thursday afternoon. The area has been without power since the storm resulting in the loss of all food stored in refrigerators and freezers. Staff and volunteers went door to door delivering the boxes to grateful individuals and families who have so far received very little assistance.

Christy Kidd and her two children, Caitlyn and Kody, whose home remained untouched by the tornado only a mile away, arrived just as The Salvation Army truck pulled up. “We wanted to see if there is anything we can do to help. I know if we were in a similar situation we would hope that other people do the same for us,” she said. The family joined The Salvation Army staff and volunteers as they delivered the food boxes. “Our pastor was talking just last week about the ways that we can help and serve others,” commented Christy. “Thank you to The Salvation Army for what you are doing here.”

Financial donations can be made in the following ways to support The Salvation Army’s response to the North Texas tornadoes:
    • MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
    • PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
    • ONLINE at donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/disaster

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

 
 
 
 

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.

The Salvation Army Staff and Volunteers Responding in Cleburne and Granbury following Tornadoes

The Salvation Army Staff and Volunteers Responding in Cleburne and Granbury following Tornadoes

The Salvation Army Staff and Volunteers Responding in Cleburne and Granbury following Tornadoes

DALLAS (May 17, 2013)—It was a typical Wednesday evening at The Salvation Army Service Center in Cleburne and church programs were in full swing. That was until the tornado sirens sounded as a powerful and destructive thunderstorm slowly passed through the city.

Elizabeth Aranguren, The Salvation Army Service Center Director in Cleburne, was leading the weekly women’s program when she realized the seriousness of what was happening outside. “There were about fifteen of us at the church last night when we heard the tornado sirens going off and could see the storm outside. Right then I knew that it was important for us all to stay calm and to take cover,” explained Elizabeth. Sandra Coffey, Elizabeth’s sister, was also in the building along with her four children. “The storm hit us at around 8:30 PM and after a couple of hours we loaded up the car so we could drive home,” said Sandra. “We live about twenty minutes away but as I pulled out the fire department made me turn around as the roads were closed because of all of the flooding.”

Ten people, including Elizabeth and Sandra and their families, ended up spending the night at The Salvation Army Service Center in Cleburne. After only a couple of hours of restless sleep, either on the floor or on the chapel pews, the group organized themselves and began to make sandwiches and gather supplies for the day ahead.

The Salvation Army served refreshments, meals and drinks in Cleburne and Granbury on Thursday out of three mobile disaster kitchens. More than 80 homes have been completely destroyed in the two communities and several hundred more damaged.

Noah Coffey, seven years old, said, “I got to help people today who lost their houses from the tornado. They have been getting water and sandwiches and rice krispie treats. This is way better than going to school!” Elizabeth added, “At this stage The Salvation Army is able to help with a number of practical needs for people who have been affected by the storm. The shelter in town is already full and so we are able to provide up to three nights emergency shelter at a hotel. As well as food, drinks, and of course prayer, we hope to be able to give gift cards to those who come to us for assistance.”

“I recently experienced Disaster work for the first time with The Salvation Army when I spent a week in West, Texas, following the explosion down there,” continued Elizabeth. “I never imagined I’d be putting that training to the test in my own community only a few weeks later.”

Financial donations can be made in the following ways to support The Salvation Army’s response to the North Texas tornadoes:
    • MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
    • PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
    • ONLINE at donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/disaster

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

 
 
 
 

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.