Released 11 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 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 the day 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 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 The 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 to their homes to try and salvage the few items that may remain of their home.
Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individual and 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.