St. Louis, MO (February 29, 2012) − Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services teams have mobilized and are responding to areas impacted by the severe weather and tornadoes that ripped through the bi-state region Wednesday morning.
“Our Emergency Disaster canteens are now or will be soon in the hardest hit communities providing food and supplies,” said Major Lonneal Richardson, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army. “We are there to provide a hand up and relief to those in need.”
A Salvation Army canteen is now in Branson, MO, providing meals, snacks and drinks to first responders, survivors and clean-up crews along with emotional and spiritual care to anyone in need.
The Salvation Army is setting up an Incident Command team in Branson to better serve the area.
A Salvation Army canteen and team from Joplin, MO, are currently headed to Kimberling City, MO, to begin feeding operations in that area.
Two Salvation Army canteens are in Harrisburg, ILL., to assist. One canteen is set up at the Walmart located on 710 S. Commercial.
Personnel are currently headed to Lebanon, MO., to determine the need in that community.
Immediate help can be given by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by going to www.STLSalvationArmy.org to make a donation by credit card. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, PO Box 21787, St. Louis, MO 63109. Please designate the gift “Storm Relief.” Cell phone users may also text the word ARCH to 80888 to make a $10 donation
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.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.