Altus, OK (July 9, 2013)—The Salvation Army of Altus was asked to help provide relief at an apartment complex fire in Altus yesterday afternoon. The fire destroyed 16 units with at least eight more damaged by smoke.
The Salvation Army of Altus provided 60 meals, 120 snacks and 480 beverages as well as emotional and spiritual care on-site. The Salvation Army is also providing clothing and other household items to the families affected by the fire through The Salvation Army’s Family Store located on the square in Altus.
“No one can prepare for something like this. We saw families literally running out of their house with whatever they could grab, which was almost nothing. We are here, ready to help them in any way we can” says Lieutenant Joseph Price of The Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army of Altus will continue to work with emergency officials to assess any further needs. Lieutenant Betty Price notes that help came quickly for these families, saying “The community has already reached out and embraced them, including the Altus AFB families who lost their homes. We are so glad to see how many people have come alongside those impacted to help them start the recovery process.”
Donations of clothing and household goods will be accepted at The Salvation Army of Altus’s Family Store, 110 N Main, where families will be given the opportunity to ‘shop’ for what they need.
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.