Released 18 May 2010
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May 17, 2010 (Oklahoma City, OK) – In the aftermath
of last Monday’s tornadoes, The Salvation Army provided meal service, hydration
and emotional and spiritual care beginning immediately after the storms passed
through even as search and rescue began. Electricity has now been restored to those who have homes available to
receive it so the Army’s services are transitioning from immediate emergency
needs to recovery services.
From Monday evening, May 11 through Saturday, May 15, The Salvation Army
served over 3,700 meals and 8,000 snacks with close to 100 volunteers serving
567 hours. Additional items provided
included ice chests, bags of ice, showers, cases of water, and more. Major Dan Proctor reports that the Central
Oklahoma Area Command’s canteen will return to the Prairie Creek Trailer Park in
Slaughterville area next Saturday to provide service to the multitude of
persons scheduled to be helping with clean-up.
disaster recovery centers (DRC) are being operated by several agencies and The
Salvation Army is represented; however, most of the case management will be
provided through the local Salvation Army office or Thrift Stores. DRCs are located in Little Axe, the Harrah Church,
Hall, and Prairie Creek Mobile Home Park.
Recovery Assistance is limited to residents of the declared
areas affected by the Monday tornadoes. Applicants are asked to bring proof of
residence and social security numbers for all residing in their household.
continue to be needed to support relief efforts. Texting is now available to help tornado
victims. Text "STORM"
to 9-0-9-9-9 to make a $10 donation to Salvation Army's Tornado Relief
Efforts." The Salvation Army asks those
who want to help the individual and families affected by the tornadoes to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate Oklahoma tornadoes. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation
Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by the storm.
Updates will be forwarded as necessary and
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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 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.
CONTACT: Cindy Fuller, The Salvation Army,
Arkansas/Oklahoma Divisional Marketing and Public Relations Director, E-mail:
Office: (405)254-1156 Cell: (405)830-6549 Fax: (405)254-1000