Salvation Army in Oklahoma Continues Emergency Service For Tushka Tornado and Wildfires

April 18, 2011 - 8:47 PM EDT
Cindy Fuller
cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org
(405) 830-6549
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Oklahoma City, OK – The Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army continues to respond to multiple sites where assistance has been requested to help with disaster response, including last week’s tornadoes and the fires that continue through this week.

 The following is a brief summary on each site:

Tushka, Oklahoma– The Salvation Army continues to provide meals, drinks and comfort to the victims and responders in Tushka, which was hit last week by a tornado. On Sunday, April 12, The Salvation Army AOK provided more than 199 meals, 636 drinks and 112 snacks. The canteen closed for Sunday evening but reopened Monday morning for service

Water, Gatorade, and Coffee are being served as well as providing cases of water to those affected by the tornado as well as first responders which include State and Local Emergency Managers, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Fire, Sherriff and Police Departments, State Health Department and others.

Lawton, Oklahoma – Four Salvation Army officers and six volunteers provided water and sandwiches to firefighters at the Lawton Fire Service at Trail Road in Comanche County. Captain Hull arrived on the scene to assist the fire service responding to multiple grass fires in the area. On Sunday, the Salvation Army served 110 sandwiches, 268 snacks and 315 drinks to firefighters in that Area.

Velma and Orr, Oklahoma– The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division also responded to the wildfires in Velma and Orr, serving 250 meals, 333 drinks and 118 snacks in Velma as well as 150 meals, 208 drinks and 74 snacks in Orr to first responders and firefighters.

Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts.  The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate AOK Division April Storms.  Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster.  Donations can also be mailed to:  The Salvation Army, PO Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK  73157.

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.

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