Released 12 February 2009
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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
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
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About the Salvation Army:
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