ARDMORE, OK SALVATION ARMY CONTINUES RELIEF EFFORTS UPDATE #3 12/02/2009
ARDMORE (February 11, 2009) - The Ardmore, Oklahoma Salvation Army continues to provide help and hope to those impacted by the devastating F4 tornado that hit yesterday evening. Ardmore is assisted by three additional mobile feeding units (canteens) from Enid, Oklahoma, Sherman, Texas and Wichita Falls, Texas. Captain Ric Swartz from McAlester, Oklahoma has also arrived in Ardmore to assist with the Army's disaster response.
During today, The Salvation Army served 619 meals, over 900 drinks, and approximately 500 snacks. For dinner this evening, The Salvation Army prepared 1,500 meals for the responders and survivors of Lone Grove. These meals were served by the Salvation Army, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, and the American Red Cross in a combined feeding effort. Over the course of the past 24 hours, The Salvation Army has prepared and served over 4,000 meals along with thousands of snacks, and hot and cold beverages.
As Salvation Army units and personnel that responded to this same line of storms impacting Oklahoma City, Edmond, and Perkins, Oklahoma return to their commands today, it is very apparent that the community of Lone Grove is devastated. There are eight confirmed deaths and the community is hurting. Emotional and spiritual care will be a very important part of our service as survivors return and salvage the few items that may remain as part of their home.
Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help those families affected by the February 10 tornadoes to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate AOK Division February tornadoes. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by the storm.
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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 83 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.
Cindy Fuller, The Salvation Army, Arkansas/Oklahoma Public Information Officer,
Captain Ernie Hull-Ardmore Corps Officer