Released 21 May 2013
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TENN. - May 21, 2013 - The Salvation Army mobilized disaster response
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
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.