THE SALVATION ARMY IN ARDMORE, OK CONTINUES RELIEF & RECOVERY EFFORTS-UPDATE #4 17/02/2009
Ardmore, Oklahoma: - The Salvation Army continues to provide assistance to those impacted by the deadly tornado that hit Lone Grove, Oklahoma on Tuesday evening, February 10. A large number of families and individuals are displaced and are trying to ascertain how they will rebuild their lives.
It has been announced that 118 homes completely destroyed, 28 with major damage, and 37 others that received damage. These numbers do not include businesses that received damage or were destroyed. As our mobile feeding units (canteens) roam the devastated area with hot meals, snacks and beverages, they also offer comforting words of hope.
The Salvation Army began today by providing a hot breakfast of biscuits and gravy. Lunch and dinner is being provided also. Through yesterday evening, a little over 5,000 meals were served. In addition to meals, snacks and hot or cold beverages are provided. Those impacted by the storm are also offered comfort kits that include paper goods, toiletry items, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other household items.
The temporary shelter established in Ardmore closed as of today (Friday). The Salvation Army is making emergency shelter available as many individuals and/or families do not have funds to stay in hotels or have nearby family members with whom to stay temporarily. As transition begins to longer term recovery, The Salvation Army will offer social services to help storm victims get back on their feet as well as providing emotional and spiritual care.
Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The following addresses and numbers may be used to make a donation:
The Salvation Army, Ardmore, OK
123 "A" Street SW
PO Box 1483 (mailing address)
Ardmore, OK 73402
Additionally, donations may be made by visiting www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate Lone Grove, Oklahoma tornado. 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.
Captain Ernie Hull, Ardmore Corps Officer
Cindy Fuller, The Salvation Army, Arkansas/Oklahoma Public Information Officer,