Salvation Army Assistance Continues for Those Impacted by Oklahoma Wildfires

Oklahoma City, OK (August 9, 2012)—Reports indicate over 103,000 acres have burned in Oklahoma since last Friday with approximately 375 homes destroyed. The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division continues to have feeding units on stand-by across the State of Oklahoma due to the continued fire danger through Saturday.

The Salvation Army has Disaster Social Services personnel located in four Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCS) around the state providing financial assistance and vouchers for clothing to affected households. MARCs are currently open in Mannford (Creek County), Luther (Oklahoma County), Glencoe (Payne County), and Noble (Cleveland County). To date, we have opened more than 117 cases consisting of more than 261 persons. Many individuals and families are still expected to come through the centers as some are just now able to assess the damage and loss of their homes. The MARCS will remain open at least through Saturday.

Since the wildfire outbreak, The Salvation Army provided over 2,500 meals, 4,534 drinks, and over 2,600 snacks. Over 300 man-hours have been recorded for volunteers, employees, and Officers.

Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts. The best way to help those impacted by the wildfires is to make a financial contribution.

Call: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

(There is a banner at the top to click on to Donate Now to Oklahoma Fire Relief Efforts)

Mail: The Salvation Army
Attn: Oklahoma Wildfires
PO Box 12600
Oklahoma City, OK 73157

Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster. The Salvation Army is very grateful to the public for its support to help those in need. We will continue to meet the needs of those families and individuals impacted by these disasters as long as we have the resources to do so.

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. 81 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.