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Salvation Army Active in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri

May 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Oklahoma City, OK   – The Salvation Army in Arkansas and Oklahoma is active in disaster response to several areas as a result of weather related events.  A strong storm system crossed Oklahoma and Arkansas on May 24 that developed multiple thunderstorms and tornadoes across the division.  Additionally, flooding still continues to be an issue in both states due to previous storm systems.

Arkansas

Lt. Josh Robinett, Russellville, will be serving lunch from the Little Rock canteen in Denning (Franklin County) today.  Denning was struck by a tornado late last night.   The Salvation Army is working closely with American Red Cross and local emergency management to ensure the immediate needs of responders and survivors are met.

In McGehee (Desha County), The Salvation Army continues to support National Guard troops working on levees along the Mississippi river.  Jason Burns, McGehee Service Center, as well as numerous volunteers have served 5,752 meals over 13 days.  Captain David Robinson, Pine Bluff, is also on sit3.  Volunteers from Desha and Chicot counties have provided 1,343 hours of service.

Oklahoma

The Central Oklahoma Area Command has been dispatched to a location West of El Reno to support search, rescue and recovery efforts.  The command post is being operated by El Reno Fire Department at Highways 66 and 270.  Lunch and dinner will be served to responders at the command post as well as storm survivors.  The El Reno Service Centercontinues to act as a shelter for those who lost homes.  It has also become an information center for residents.

The command is also providing transportation for supplies being delivered to Delaware Countyto assist with response efforts in that area as a result of storms on Sunday.

The Enid canteen continues to serve responders and storm survivors in Woodward County.  Damage assessments are still underway in the area.

The Lawton canteen provided breakfast to the shelter at Bible Baptist Church in Chickasha (GradyCounty) this morning.  The Salvation Army is working closely with American Red Cross on shelter operations.  Captain Ernest Hull, Lawton, and Lt. James Biddix of Chickasha are assessing the damage in Grady County and working with emergency management to see if there are further needs. 

The Ponca City canteen completed service late last night as search and rescue efforts near Stillwater were completed. 

Missouri

Captain Warren Jones, Sapulpa, and a volunteer continue to be on the scene in Joplin, Missouri, where a devastating tornado hit on Sunday evening.   They arrived at 3:30 Am on Monday morning.  The canteen, capable of 2,000 meals per day, is now located near St. John’s hospital supporting numerous responders. 

Captain Jones said, “On Monday, the faces of the residents were in total shock.  It was difficult to even serve a bottle of water or cup of coffee as they didn’t even know they needed it.”

The Salvation Army needs financial donations to help in times of disaster.  Those who want to help people affected by disasters can make a donation to support Salvation Army Disaster Services.  These gifts make it possible for The Salvation Army to provide food and hydration, emotional and spiritual care, and other assistance to disaster survivors.

Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate.   

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 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.

 Released by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau.

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7th Annual Variety Show and Spaghetti Dinner at the Fairfax Corps June 12

May 25, 2011 Leave a comment

FAIRFAX, VA – The Salvation Army Fairfax Corps is holding the 7th Annual Variety Show and Spaghetti Dinner at the Corps on Sunday, June 12 beginning at 5:00 p.m. The event is the main fund-raiser for the year.

The Gospel Arts Club kids will put on a variety show after serving this year’s meal. , The group has been working very hard on this project all year.  There will be vocals, brass banding, recorders, guitars, and piano just to name a few items.

Here’s the dinner menu: Salad, Garlic Bread, Spaghetti w/Sauce (with/without Meat), Dessert for all (sugar-free will be available), Iced Tea, Kool-Aid and Coffee! Of course, Service with a Smile!

Tickets are $5.00 per person or $50.00 for a table of 10.  Secure your reservations early to insure that your friends and family get seated together! 

If you know of anyone who would be interested in seeing your local Salvation Army in action for the Kingdom of God, please share this information with them and extend a warm invitation on our behalf.  Mark your calendar today because this is going to be a GREAT EVENING!

Call 703-385-8700 ext.#14 for reservations.

The Salvation Army Fairfax Cors is located at 4915 Ox Road, Fairfax, VA, 22030.

The Salvation Army Quickly Responds to This Week’sTornadoes

May 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Oklahoma City, OK   – Even as devastating tornadoes and storms head East in Oklahoma, The Salvation Army is on the move.  The Salvation Army is working with Emergency Management and has been asked to respond to various locations.

Oklahoma

The Central Oklahoma Area Command is deploying the mobile feeding unit to support the shelter in El Reno.  El Reno is located in Canadian County where damage and fatalities are reported.   The Salvation Army shelter is located at 201 S. Bickford.

The Enid mobile feeding unit is being deployed toWoodwardCountyin westernOklahoma.  They will be responding to Cedar Ridge Mobile Home Park where approximately 60 manufactured homes were destroyed.  Search and rescue efforts are underway.

The Lawton mobile feeding unit is being dispatched to Chickasha where numerous structures were damaged or destroyed by a tornado.  Also, an apartment complex was heavily damaged.  Lt. James Biddix, Chickasha, and Captain Ernie Hull, Lawton, will be providing food and hydration to emergency responders and storm victims.

The Ponca City mobile feeding unit, currently in Stillwater with Sgt. Rob Daniels, is deploying to the intersection of 19th and Western in Stillwater to support first responders and damage assessment teams. 

Missouri

Additionally, the Tulsa mobile feeding unit with Captain Warren Jones, Sapulpa, and a volunteer continue to be on the scene in Joplin, Missouri, where a devastating tornado hit on Sunday evening.   The unit is located near the hospital where the Search and Rescue Mobile Command is located and they are supporting numerous responders.  The unit is providing 24-hour around the clock feeding and hydration.

Tornado watches and warnings continue to be prevalent in Oklahoma moving in an eastward direction.   All Arkansas-Oklahoma division units are on stand-by. 

Multiple locations in Oklahoma have sustained damage due to tornadoes although reports are still coming in to the state EOC.  Tornado warnings and watches, thunderstorm warnings and watches, and flood warnings continue to be in effect across much of Eastern Oklahoma.

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The Salvation Army is prepared to provide care and compassion, food and hydration to those affected by storms.   Please pray for all of those affected by the storms in Central United States in the last few days.

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Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services to storm victims. Please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate.   All donations for disaster services will be used for the designated purpose. 

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 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.

Released by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau.

The Salvation Army Offers Financial Aid to Reading, KS, Tornado Survivors

May 25, 2011 Leave a comment

 KANSAS CITY, MO – The Salvation Army is moving into a new phase of disaster assistance for residents of Reading, Kansas, which was devastated by a tornado late Saturday night.

Salvation Army caseworkers are providing financial aid to tornado survivors to help with immediate needs such as food, clothing, medicine, shelter, bedding and baby products.

The financial help center got underway today through Thursday at the Reading elementary school. The hours are from 10 am to 6 pm. Beginning Friday, residents from Reading in need of financial assistance should go to The Salvation Army community center in Emporia, located at 327 Constitution Street. Residents are asked to bring with them a picture ID or documents showing their address, if possible.

Meanwhile, The Salvation Army continues mass feeding operations in Reading.  Since Sunday morning, emergency disaster services personnel have provided meals, snacks and cold drinks to more than 500 people, including emergency workers, volunteers and residents. 

Local TV Station Partners with the Army to Help Missouri and Kansas Tornado Victims

KSHB-TV,Kansas City’s NBC Action News Station, has partnered with The Salvation Army to raise funds for tornado relief efforts in Joplin,Missouri and Reading,Kansas. All this week on NBC Action News at 5:00 and 6:00 pm, phone lines will be open and representatives from The Salvation Army will be accepting cash donations. The phone number to call to donate is 816.932.HELP (4357). The lines will be open each day from 5:00-7:00 pm. On Monday, NBC Action News viewers generously donated $59,300 in the two-hour telethon.

“The station was pleased to partner with the Salvation Army and provide a vehicle for our loyal viewers in the Kansas City area to help our neighbors in Joplin and Reading. We’ll be working together all week with The Salvation Army to raise funds and help anyway we can,” said Mike Vrabac, vice president and general manager for KSHB/KMCI-TV.

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 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.

 Released by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau.

Meeting Emotional Needs From the Front Lines

May 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Tuscaloosa, AL, May 23, 2011 – In times of disaster, The Salvation Army is there not only to assist people nutritionally and physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well.  To help with this aspect, the Army is always mindful to place a trained Emotional and Spiritual Care Specialist (ESCS) at every canteen location. The care specialist is there to listen or offer prayer and emotional support not only to men and women, moms and dads, but to children as well.

A mother with her three sons approached the canteen. All were in need of a good healthy lunch and, at that moment, some reassurance that everything would be okay. As the family was being served lunch, the Care Specialist noticed fear in the face of the youngest boy. After seeking and receiving the mother’s permission to speak with the child, the counselor said to him, “You look scared.”

The 5-year-old responded that is was. Our ESCS could definitely tell he was scared.  

So, she said to him, “Do you want to tell me what happened when the storm came?”

He responded, “Yeah, when the storm came it got dark and right then, the vampires came down from the sky and took a bite outta my house!”

The Salvation Army counselor said to him, “Well, we’ve been praying all the vampires away, so they can’t take a bite out of your house again…will that be better?”

The boy responded, “Wow! Thank you! Finally, now I can sleep.” The child’s mother confirmed her son had barely slept through the night since the violent storms decimated parts of Tuscaloosa, AL.

Before this disastrous act nature occurred in Alabama, The Salvation Army was there meeting the needs of the people in the community. Since the storm hit, we remain steadfast to assisting and serving storm survivors, first responders and anyone else in need of emotional, spiritual, nutritional or personal support.

The Salvation Army is on the front lines of effort to assist people not only in Alabama, but anywhere disaster strikes.

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Major Steve Morris was deployed to Tuscaloosa, AL, to assume the role of Incident Commander for the Salvation Army’s response to the string of tornadoes which touch down in late April. He arrived May 17 and will be there for as long as he is needed. Please continue to pray for the residents and families affected by this tragedy. To make a monetary donation, please click on www.SALARMYDC.org.

Help Joplin Relief Efforts

May 24, 2011 Leave a comment

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Salvation Army has established a text-to-donate number specifically to support the  relief effort in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri. 

  • Cell phone users may text the word JOPLIN to 80888 to make a $10 donation
  • Credit card donations are also being accepted by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or clicking on  www.salvationarmyusa.org.
  • Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway,Kansas City,MO 64111. Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado.”

At this time, in-kind donations are not being accepted as financial donations better allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of survivors.

Kansas City TV Station Telethon 

NBC Action News inKansas City hosted a telethon Monday from 5-7 PM to raise money for The Salvation Army tornado relief efforts in Joplin and Reading, Kansas.  The station reported late Monday night more than $59,000 had been raised during their two hour evening news block. 

As of Tuesday Morning

Currently, The Salvation Army has four mobile feeding kitchens stationed in Joplin; each is capable of serving several thousand meals. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network also arrived in Joplin May 23 to assist survivors in locating loved ones through a ham radio network.

In Reading, Kansas, which was struck by a tornado over the weekend, The Salvation Army is serving hundreds of meals per day from two mobile feeding kitchens.

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 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.

 Released by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau.

Arkansas-Ohklahoma Division Deploys Teams to Tornado Damaged Areas

May 23, 2011 Leave a comment

 

Oklahoma City, OK The Arkansas-Oklahoma Division is responding to multiple locations due to tornado damage.

Oklahoma Emergency Management has sent several personnel, Urban Search and Rescue, and EMS strike teams to theJoplinarea.   They requested one of our mobile feeding units accompany the teams toJoplin.   Captain Warren Jones, Sapulpa Commanding Officer, and one volunteer fromTulsaare en route with theTulsamobile feeding unit.  They will be reporting to the Joplin Salvation Army for further orders. 

Major Alan Phillips, Bartlesville, OklahomaCommanding Officer, has been requested by the GroveEmergencyOperationsCenterto respond to the Grove, Oklahomaarea.  The Bartlesvillemobile feeding unit and crew will be deploying first thing Monday morning.

Sergeant Rob Daniels,Stillwater,Oklahoma Commanding Officer, will be deploying a mobile feeding unit and crew toKetchum,Oklahoma on Monday morning where tornado damage is also reported.   All efforts are being coordinated closely with emergency management. 

Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services to storm victims. Please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate. All donations for disaster services will be used for the designated purpose.  

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 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.  In times of disaster, 100% of donations go to relief efforts.  For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.