“The Salvation Army was first on the scene, so we just asked what they needed”—In Joplin Missouri, Social Media Revolutionizes Disaster Relief

Joplin, MO — Solace, a music venue that is also a church, is located on Main St in Joplin. Here, you will find a diverse mix of self-described “rag tag” kids with tattoos and piercings. Much like The Salvation Army, they use arts and music to glorify God. A praise concert was planned there for Friday the 27th; then the storms hit Joplin. When the tornado came, they took shelter in the back of their building, when the skies cleared, they came out and surveyed the destruction.

Amber “Zon” Gleeson, coordinator of their Joplin Relief effort recalls, “The people that were here walked outside, saw people wandering the streets and went out to help. The Salvation Army was the first relief agency on the scene, so we just went to them and asked what they needed.”

The church quickly gathered cases of water and—utilizing social media—put the call out for any and all supplies The Salvation Army needed. “We needed a trailer for the canteen on 20th Street, and we had one within 2 minutes of putting the call out there.” Another church member put out a call for sports drinks, and a semi-full was sent.

The donations Solace received are substantial. The Salvation Army has served nearly 20,000 meals to survivors and rescue workers to date, and would not have been able to meet those needs as efficiently without the quick response and support the team at Solace has provided.

The church partnered with the Pittsburg, Kansas canteen crew to take hygiene kits and food out to those still living in the wreckage, and continue to deliver supplies and minister to them daily.
“It’s been incredible how quick people are able and willing to give. Facebook and Twitter have made this all possible,” Gleeson says, as she glances around their facility, now completely stocked with every needed supply. The aid doesn’t stop with food, clothing and supplies. One church member, Priscilla, was able to use her connections to provide a family in need with an electrician to help them make home repairs.

Solace is not only providing for immediate needs, but it hopes to lift the spirits of survivors in the days to come. On Saturday, they will hold a Memorial Weekend Community Block Party, where they will have live Christian music, games for kids and free hot food, all situated on the edge of the destruction. The Salvation Army will have a canteen on site providing refreshments and support to their new friends at Solace.

Monetary donations:
The best way to help Joplin now is to call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to www.salvationarmyusa.org to make a donation by credit card. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, PO Box 21787, St. Louis, MO 63109-0787. Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado.” Cell phone users may also text the word JOPLIN to 80888 to make a $10 donation charged to their cell phone bill (text and/or messaging charges may apply).

Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:
Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time 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 go to www.satruck.org.

The Salvation Army Response to Missouri River Flooding in Bismarck—General Situation Report: May, 27, 2011

• The Salvation Army is committed to serving alongside those affected by and responding to the flooding Missouri River in Bismarck, North Dakota, and surrounding areas.
• It is predicted that Missouri River flooding may reach levels worse than those of 2009. The river is expected to reach the 18-foot flood stage on June 9th. This level of flooding is expected to continue for a month before the community will be able to “stand down.”
• The community is working to build a dike 23 feet high with sandbags. There are currently 10 sandbagging sites, and there is a voluntary evacuation of lower Bismarck and Mandan. More than 600 National Guard members are assigned to assist with these efforts at “Sandbag Central”; 1100 National Guard individuals are on standby.
• The Salvation Army has been providing meals, snacks, water, and other services in collaboration with the Red Cross since Wednesday, May 25.
• Three Salvation Army mobile kitchens are providing food and hydration to volunteers and relief workers at numerous locations throughout Bismarck and Mandan. As of breakfast Friday, May 27, these canteens have provided meals to more than 1,083 people.
• The Red Cross is providing shelter to evacuees.
• The Salvation Army of the Twin Cities shipped pallets of water, snacks, and 150 clean-up kits to assist in flood relief efforts.
• The Salvation Army is also sending in additional emergency disaster services personnel to assist in Bismarck. A crew from Fargo will support local efforts from May 31-June 15.
• It is estimated that The Salvation Army will need at least $180,500 to cover expenses associated with responding to this disaster. This includes the operation of three mobile kitchens, as well as staff overtime.
• It costs an estimated $75/hour per mobile kitchen for

The Salvation Army to respond to disasters. Final costs are likely to be greater than $151,200 for the 2,016 hours and more of mobile kitchen support that will be required to assist in flood relief efforts.

Monetary donations:
Financial contributions can be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or by sending a check to The Salvation Army, 2445 Prior Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113 designated “Flooding.”

Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:
Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time 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 go to www.satruck.org.

The Salvation Army’s Response to May 22 North Minneapolis Tornado—General Situation Report: May 28, 2011

• The Salvation Army is committed to serving tornado survivors in North Minneapolis. In the four days since the disaster struck on May 22, The Salvation Army has provided financial assistance and basic necessities for 1,012 households, representing 4,238 people. In addition it has served food/drink via mobile kitchens to 3,800 people.
• As of May 27, all Salvation Army tornado relief services are being offered exclusively at its North Minneapolis service center located at 2024 N. Lyndale Ave.
• In the days since the tornado, The Salvation Army has provided more than $121,000 in recovery assistance. This includes more than $70,000 worth of department store gift cards, clothing and gas vouchers have been provided to survivors, along with 57,0
00 pounds of nonperishable food and hygiene supplies.
• The Salvation Army plans to concentrate its future financial resources on families who are now homeless because of this disaster. Services may include rental assistance, furniture replacement and general household goods, as resources allow.
• Salvation Army mobile kitchens have been on duty and on call since the night of the storm. So far, 3,300 people have received hot meals, snacks and beverages from Salvation Army mobile kitchens.
• Meal service at N. Freemont and N. Dowling avenues will continue through Memorial Day.
• As of May 25, there was no word on when the City of Minneapolis would complete its official assessment of those left homeless by the tornados, yet The Salvation Army remains committed to providing families with clothing and tangible goods as resources allow. Spiritual and emotional care continues to be a priority, along with connecting families with other service providers.
• The Salvation Army Worship and Service Center at 2024 N. Lyndale Ave. in Minneapolis will be the hub of recovery activity for weeks and months to come. The Salvation Army has been serving North Minneapolis families since 1897 and will continue to make God’s presence felt in the neighborhood for years to come.
• The Salvation Army North Minneapolis service center is the busiest center for Salvation Army services of basic necessities and food shelf. The tornado has increased that need and multiplied the urgency for help.

Current Financial Situation:
• The Salvation Army needs a minimum of $1 million to provide housing assistance for an estimated 300 to 400 families left homeless by the disaster. Relocation services may include but are not limited to or inclusive of the following per household: Maximum of $1,500 for damage deposit and/or first month’s rent; $300 in furniture and household goods assistance; $250 in moving expenses; gift-in-kind of bedding, food, and other supplies with a handling cost of $100. The total expected expense per household would be approximately $2,150.
• As of May 26 the estimated donations to The Salvation Army for metro storm relief are $120,000. It is expected that expenses have exceeded that threshold.
• As of May 26 the estimated donations to The Salvation Army for metro storm relief are $120,000. It is expected that expenses have exceeded that threshold.
• As of May 26, The Salvation Army has exhausted its monetary donations and will likely deplete all tangible good supplies by the end of the service day on May 27.
• Once The Salvation Army gets the official list of damaged homes and family names from the city, we will concentrate on providing services to the families and individuals forced to relocate.
• It costs an estimated $75/hour per mobile kitchen for The Salvation Army to respond to disasters by providing critical services to survivors. Costs are estimated at $7,500 for the estimated 100 hours of mobile kitchen service.
• Many Salvation Army staff responding to tornado survivors are working overtime this week, adding significant costs to Salvation Army response efforts.
Tornado response in Minneapolis to-date (through Thursday, May 26)
• 3,800 people received food and drink from mobile kitchens
• Another 4,238 people (1,012 households) received other assistance (clothing, food, gift cards, etc.) at The Salvation Army service center and shared resource centers
• 43,000 pounds of food shelf items distributed
• 14,000 pounds of hygiene products distributed
• $45,000 in clothing vouchers given
• $20,000 worth of gift cards distributed
• More than $5,000 in miscellaneous assistance

Monetary donations:
Financial contributions can be made online at www.thesalarmy.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or by sending a check to The Salvation Army, 2445 Prior Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113 designated “metro storm.”
A $10 contribution can be made by texting “BLESSING” to 85944, the charge will be added to your cell phone bill (Normal data and messaging rates may apply.)

Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:
Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time 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 go to www.satruck.org.

The Salvation Army Continues to Provide Essential Aid to Residents of Tornado-Damaged Reading, Kansas—Mass Feeding Operations Continue in Joplin and Sedalia

Kansas City, MO — Nearly one week after a tornado devastated the town of Reading, Kansas, The Salvation Army continues to provide essential aid to residents who have lost their homes, jobs and most of their possessions.

Since the disaster, which occurred last Saturday night, Salvation Army caseworkers have met with 231 individuals who reside in Reading, providing nearly $40,000 in direct financial assistance to help families obtain immediate necessities, including clothing, food, medicine and shelter.

In addition, The Salvation Army continues its mass feeding operations in Reading, serving meals, snacks and cold drinks to more than 1,000 people over the last six days, including emergency crews, volunteers and residents.

Meanwhile, Salvation Army emergency disaster teams (EDS) were among the first on the scene in Joplin, Missouri, after that city was struck by a massive and deadly tornado late Sunday night. Currently, The Salvation Army has a total of six mobile feeding units that, to date, have served more than 26,000 meals, snacks and cold drinks to people throughout the affected areas of the city.

The Salvation Army has also stationed a mobile feeding unit in Sedalia, Missouri, which suffered damage in a tornado Wednesday. EDS crews have served more than 100 people in that city.

Monetary Donations:
Monetary donations to help The Salvation Army’s tornado relief efforts in Reading, Joplin and Sedalia may be sent to: The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111. Please designate the donation “Tornado Relief”. Credit card donations may be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or going to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:
Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time 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 go to www.satruck.org.

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.

The Salvation Army Provides Meals for Thousands in Joplin

Joplin, Missouri—On Sunday, March 22nd the deadliest single tornado in the US since the 1950’s struck the town of Joplin, Missouri. The Salvation Army responded immediately providing canteens, meeting the needs of survivors by providing food, beverages, emotional/spiritual care, and other necessities.

The following information represents The Salvation Army’s efforts in Joplin, as of 12:00 PM Wednesday, May 26.
• The Salvation Army has served 16,692 hot meals and 2,566 snacks and 6,170 drinks.
• The Salvation Army has provided 6 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), including units from Springfield, Kirksville, and Sedalia, Missouri, Pittsburg and Lawrence, Kansas and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
• A Satellite Communications truck from The Salvation Army’s USA Southern territory is in place and handling phone, computer and internet communications.
• The Salvation Army has delivered emotional/spiritual care to 200 individuals and prayers have been offered with 36.
• The Salvation Army has initiated emergency Social Services in multiple locations.
• Eight Salvation Army officers (pastors), 13 employees and 103 volunteers have served of 2,002.5 hours.

Locations of feeding stations
Feeding operations are taking place at the following locations:
• The Salvation Army Joplin Corps Community Center located at 320 E. 8th Street.
• The Tulsa, Oklahoma Canteen located near St. John’s Hospital at 26th & Maiden has served numerous responders & survivors since it arrived Monday morning at 3:30 a.m. It is currently being operated by a team of three with the Arkansas-Oklahoma Salvation Army.
• The “Oasis Tent” intended to serve as a location for community members to come together in a sheltered location and receive “One stop service” with food, hydration, spiritual and emotional care, minor medical care and other basic services is located at the site of the Joplin thrift store at 2502 S. Main St. and will be in operation beginning Thursday, May 26. At this location The Salvation Army has secured the use of two refrigerated semi-trailers for storage and disbursement of food and drinks and the Pittsburg, Kansas canteen will also be at this location The police department began using this area Wednesday night as a staging area & will likely supply lighting, tables, chairs and security.

Mobile Feeding Sites:
Mobile kitchens from the following locations are roving throughout the disaster area, providing—as much as possible—regularly scheduled routes to offer food and hydration to responders and survivors: Kirksville, Sedalia, and Springfield, Missouri, and Lawrence, Kansas.
Other Emergency Disaster Services Ongoing in Joplin:
• The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services relief teams in Joplin; are recognized by the Federal Government and can access roads and areas currently closed off to the general public.
• The Salvation Army is using an all-terrain vehicle and mobilizing “foot soldiers” to go to the people to minister, provide food and bottled water to those who are in need.
• An Emergency Disaster Services ‘Store’ is now located at the old Joplin thrift store on 7th Street and opened Thursday morning at 9 a.m. After receiving vouchers from on-site social workers, survivors may “shop” for items such as clothing, diapers, toiletries, etc.

Corporate Donations
• Sprint donated 1,500 prepaid cell phones that will be distributed tomorrow.
• The Charlie Daniels Band is scheduled to play a concert at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri on Saturday with $5.00 of each ticket sold going to The Salvation Army.
• A Kansas City Advisory Board member secured several generous donations from Sam’s Club including approximately 8 pallets of Gatorade, plus gloves and shopping carts that will be used at the EDS store. Sam’s Club also donated one freezer truck and one 45 foot refrigerator truck.

Donations received in Kansas City:
Amanda Waters, Public Relations Director for The Salvation Army in Kansas City, reports the following amounts donated for tornado relief work as of Tuesday.

• Unsolicited Mail Donations: $11,723.00
• Text-to-donate to ARMY on 90999: $4,270.00
• Online Donations: $125,872.31
• NBC Action News Telethon donations (first night’s response): $43,990.30
• Credit Card donations: Undesignated: $195.00
Designated for Joplin: $3,635.00

Kansas City’s Response to Sedalia, Missouri, Tornado
On Wednesday, May 25 a tornado hit the town of Sedalia, Missouri. The Sedalia Salvation Army’s team was already on site in Joplin. Within 1 hour of the tornado in Sedalia, a mobile kitchen from Kansas City was on its way to aid Sedalia.

Monetary donations:
The best way to help Joplin now is to call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org to make a donation by credit card. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, PO Box 21787, St. Louis, MO 63109-0787. Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado.” Cell phone users may also text the word JOPLIN to 80888 to make a $10 donation charged to their cell phone bill (text and/or messaging charges may apply).

Wednesday’s & Thursday morning’s ‘Wish List’ items include: gloves, tarps, snacks and Gatorade. Snacks & Gatorade are especially needed at the canteen near St. John’s Hospital.

Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:
Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time 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 go to www.satruck.org.

Contact:

Audrey Esther
Joplin, Missouri Public Information Officer
Audrey_esther@usc.salvationarmy.org

The Salvation Army Exhausts Financial Resources In Three Days Of Continual Service To North Minneapolis—Community Fills Need For Salvation Army Disaster Volunteers, Financial Donations Still Needed For Service To North Minneapolis Tornado Relief

Minneapolis, MN – The Salvation Army’s call for volunteers to serve tornado survivors was met within the day. In a flurry of activity, Salvation Army staff and volunteers provided goods and services to hundreds of North Minneapolis families on Wednesday. In the days since Sunday’s storm, more than $70,000 of department store gift cards, clothing and gas vouchers were provided to 725 households along with mountains of food and hygiene supplies. In addition, 3,300 people have been served meals and refreshments from The Salvation Army’s mobile kitchens, more than 800 meals were served to residents on Wednesday alone.

Meal service at Freemont and Dowling will continue through the weekend.

Until further notice Salvation Army volunteer opportunities have been filled yet financial donations are desperately needed to continue service to tornado survivors.

The Salvation Army will continue to provide crisis assistance with tangible goods as resources allow.

“As we shift our response to long-term recovery, The Salvation Army will focus on those families who have lost housing and need to relocate,” said Major Darryl Leedom, Salvation Army Twin Cities Commander. “That process can begin as we receive official household assessments from the City of Minneapolis.”

As of Wednesday there was no word on when the city would complete its official assessment, yet The Salvation Army remains committed to assist families with remaining resources and provide emotion and spiritual care and case management guidance for city-wide resources.

The Salvation Army estimates it will need to raise $1 million to provide housing assistance for relocation of families left homeless by Sunday’s storm. According to unofficial reports nearly three hundred addresses received major damage or were completely destroyed.

Monetary donations:
Financial contributions can be made online at www.thesalarmy.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or by sending a check to 2445 Prior Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113 designated “metro storm.”

A $10 contribution can be made by texting “BLESSING” to 85944, the charge will be added to your cell phone bill.

Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:
Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time 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 go to www.satruck.org.

Contact:
Annette Bauer, PR Director
The Salvation Army Northern DHQ, 2445 Prior Ave, Roseville, MN 55113
651.746.3500 office, 651.238.8210 cell

The Salvation Army Serves Storm Survivors

Oklahoma City, OK — The Salvation Army is still actively serving storm survivors in Arkansas from severe storms earlier this week as well as continued flooding. In the last two days, The Salvation Army has provided food and hydration to responders and survivors in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Since mid-April, The Salvation Army has provided over 25,000 meals to those affected and responding to floods, tornadoes and wildfires.

Arkansas
Storm survivors and responders are being served in Etna by Lt. Josh Robinett and volunteers from Russellville. Several hundred meals and over a thousand drinks have been handed out. Additionally, Feed The Children delivered a truck load of supplies this morning to The Salvation Army to help with disaster response efforts across the state.

In Fort Smith, The Salvation Army continues to provide lodging, food, and hydration for those without electricity at 301 N. 6th Street. 42 nights of lodging and over 300 meals have been provided in the last two days to those affected by the Tuesday storms.

The Salvation Army continues to serve National Guard Troops in McGehee. They have now served over 7,000 meals and volunteers have provided close to 1,500 hours of service. Jason Martin, McGehee Salvation Army, and Captains David and Joanna Robinson of Pine Bluff have been very involved in the service. Three meals a day are being provided as well as snacks and hydration.

Oklahoma
The Salvation Army deployed units from Enid, Lawton, Oklahoma City, and Ponca City as well as personnel from Chickasha, El Reno and Stillwater. Services were provided in Blaine, Canadian, Delaware, Grady and Payne counties to responders and survivors of the tornadoes that struck on Tuesday, May 24.

In El Reno, The Salvation Army’s Teen Center turned into a shelter and a “gathering” place for information for people affected by the tornado. Meals, hydration, and some social service assistance have been provided.

Missouri
Captain Warren Jones and the Tulsa canteen continue to serve in Joplin, Missouri where the devastating tornado struck on Sunday, May 22. The team deployed from Tulsa has been on site since Monday morning and will be replaced today with a team from Arkansas including Lt. Philip Canning, Corps Officer from Fayetteville.

The Salvation Army depends on financial donations to help in times of disaster. Those who want to help people affected by disasters can make a donation to support Salvation Army Disaster Services. These gifts make it possible for The Salvation Army to provide food and hydration, emotional and spiritual care, and other assistance to disaster survivors.

Visit www.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 on Twitter.

Cindy Fuller, Mobile: 405/830/6549

E-mail: cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org

Albertson’s LLC Stores Collecting Donations for Spring Storm Victims—Funds raised plus an additional $10,000 donation will go toward The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in the Midwest and Southeast

BOISE, ID — Albertson’s LLC is collecting donations through its in-store Food for All fundraising program across all of its stores in support of The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in the Midwest and Southeast, following the devastating series of spring storms and floods that have impacted the area. The Company is also making an immediate contribution of $10,000 to the organization to help with the most pressing needs in The Salvation Army’s Central and Southeast divisions.

The campaign begins May 27th and will run through June 30th. Albertsons Food For All program features boards stocked with $1, $3 and $5 donation coupons at each check stand of their stores in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. Customers donate simply by selecting a coupon in the desired denomination and handing it to the cashier to be scanned as they are paying for their order. The donation amount appears on the final bill and is tax-deductible.

“Albertsons stores and our customers have traditionally stepped up to help disaster relief efforts during times of national crisis,” said Bob Butler, executive vice president of operations for Albertsons LLC. “The impact of these storms will be felt for months to come as the families and organizations in the devastated areas rebuild, and our thoughts go out to every family who has been impacted. Our in-store Food for All fundraising campaign gives us the opportunity to respond quickly to support the efforts of both our local non-profits and national relief organizations like The Salvation Army.”

“We are deeply grateful to Albertson’s LLC and their customers for their continued trust and support — especially now, during this time of great need for so many,” said Major Bob Rudd, Community Relations and Development Director for The Salvation Army in the western United States. “It’s just like Albertson’s to do the right thing at the right time for the right reason, and we are humbled by their generosity and kindness.”

About Albertson’s LLC
Albertson’s LLC is working to become the favorite food and drug retailer in every market it serves. The company is privately owned and operates nearly 250 stores under the Albertsons banner in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas.

About Food For All
Food For All is a non-profit, charitable marketing organization that runs point-of-purchase fundraisers in over 6,000 retail locations nationwide. Proceeds from these fundraisers are allocated to hundreds of anti-hunger organizations and non-profits around the country. Since the organization’s inception in 1985, Food For All has raised over $61 million to fight hunger in America and abroad. For more information, please visit our website at www.foodforall.org or email tracey@foodforall.org.

Media Contact:

Christine Wilcox, Albertsons LLC
Christine.wilcox@albertsonsllc.com
(208) 395-4163

The Salvation Army Opening Free Supply Store for Joplin Residents—Salvation Army Relief Efforts in Joplin Continue

Joplin, MO — To better assist those impacted by the tornado that ripped through Joplin Sunday, The Salvation Army has set up a free supply store for Joplin residents to collect much-needed goods.

The supply store set up in The Salvation Army’s former Thrift Store located at 402 East 7th Street will be open each day from 9–5 p.m. Those needing assistance will be able to meet with a Salvation Army case worker and pick-up groceries, water and personal hygiene items.

The Salvation Army also intends to serve people in a tent erected at the site of its new thrift store that was damaged on 26th and Main Street. It will be able to host at least 80 people each seating. It will also serve as a staging area at night for police and a place for people to gather for fellowship and a community hub for survivors and responders. A social worker will also be on hand, another non-profit will have debit cards available and Sprint has donated 400 prepaid cell phones.

At least six Salvation Army canteens (mobile kitchens) are currently feeding throughout Joplin and offering emotional and spiritual care to those recovering from the storm. To date, the Army has fed at least 7,500 responders and survivors since Sunday night.

Monetary donations:

The best way to help Joplin now is to call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org to make a donation by credit card. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, PO Box 21787, St. Louis, MO 63109-0787. Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado.” Cell phone users may also text the word JOPLIN to 80888 to make a $10 donation charged to their cell phone bill (text and/or messaging charges may apply).

Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:

Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time 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 go to www.satruck.org.

Contact:

William Becker
Communications Director
314.646.3017(w) | 314.603.1095 (c)
William_Becker@usc.salvationarmy.org

Arkansas-Oklahoma Salvation Army Active in Both States And Assisting in Joplin, Missouri

Oklahoma City, OK — The Salvation Army in Arkansas and Oklahoma is active in disaster response to several areas as a result of weather related events. A strong storm system crossed Oklahoma and Arkansas on May 24 that developed multiple thunderstorms and tornadoes across the division. Additionally, flooding still continues to be an issue in both states due to previous storm systems.

Arkansas
Lt. Josh Robinett, Russellville, will be serving lunch from the Little Rock canteen in Denning (Franklin County) today. Denning was struck by a tornado late last night. The Salvation Army is working closely with American Red Cross and local emergency management to ensure the immediate needs of responders and survivors are met.

In McGehee (Desha County), The Salvation Army continues to support National Guard troops working on levees along the Mississippi river. Jason Burns, McGehee Service Center, as well as numerous volunteers have served 5,752 meals over 13 days. Captain David Robinson, Pine Bluff, is also on sit3. Volunteers from Desha and Chicot counties have provided 1,343 hours of service.

Oklahoma
The Central Oklahoma Area Command has been dispatched to a location West of El Reno to support search, rescue and recovery efforts. The command post is being operated by El Reno Fire Department at Highways 66 and 270. Lunch and dinner will be served to responders at the command post as well as storm survivors. The El Reno Service Center continues to act as a shelter for those who lost homes. It has also become an information center for residents.

The command is also providing transportation for supplies being delivered to Delaware County to assist with response efforts in that area as a result of storms on Sunday.

The Enid canteen continues to serve responders and storm survivors in Woodward County. Damage assessments are still underway in the area.

The Lawton canteen provided breakfast to the shelter at Bible Baptist Church in Chickasha (Grady County) this morning. The Salvation Army is working closely with American Red Cross on shelter operations. Captain Ernest Hull, Lawton, and Lt. James Biddix of Chickasha are assessing the damage in Grady County and working with emergency management to see if there are further needs.
The Ponca City canteen completed service late last night as search and rescue efforts near Stillwater were completed.

Missouri
Captain Warren Jones, Sapulpa, and a volunteer continue to be on the scene in Joplin, Missouri where a devastating tornado hit on Sunday evening. They arrived at 3:30 Am on Monday morning. The canteen, capable of 2,000 meals per day, is now located near St. John’s hospital supporting numerous responders.

Captain Jones said, “On Monday, the faces of the residents were in total shock. It was difficult to even serve a bottle of water or cup of coffee as they didn’t even know they needed it.”

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Cindy Fuller, Mobile: 405/830/6549

E-mail: cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org

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