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The Salvation Army Already Assisting Relief Efforts In Oklahoma

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Released 21 May 2013

KNOXVILLE, TENN. - May 21, 2013 - The Salvation Army mobilized disaster response units to serve hard-hit areas in Central Oklahoma, including Moore and South Oklahoma City, within minutes of these storms passing. To this point, no East Tennessee Salvation Army resources are required as damage assessments continue.

Major Steve Morris, Divisional Commander of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army is on the ground in Moore, Okla. In a statement he said "The Salvation Army is calling on everyone to pray for all of those impacted by the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma. "Many of these impacted communities will take months or even years to recover. The Salvation Army is committed to being there with them throughout and providing aid wherever it's needed."

The Salvation Army is welcoming cash donations that will help provide food, water, ice and other necessities in the initial response. The Salvation Army is also providing emotional and spiritual comfort to those affected.

Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Please designate donations for "disaster" so 100% of designated gifts are used to provide relief for storm survivors.

You can also text the word "STORM" to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word "Yes."

There are several websites with up-to-date information on The Salvation Army's relief efforts following these deadly storms: www.facebook.com/knoxredshield, www.SalvationArmyKnoxville.org and disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

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 over 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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