Kansas City, MO (April 17, 2012) –The Salvation Army continues to provide support to the community of Wichita, Kansas following Saturday night’s tornado that caused millions of dollars in damage.
Three Salvation Army emergency disaster mobile feeding kitchens (canteens) remain in service, one stationed outside a temporary shelter for survivors, while the two other canteens rove through the devastated areas.
Since Sunday, The Salvation Army has served more than 1,200 meals and 4,000 snacks and cold drinks to first responders, clean-up crews and survivors. The Salvation Army has also provided more than $3,000 in financial assistance to more than 154 individuals to purchase necessities such as clothing, prescriptions and food. Salvation Army case workers are set up to take applications for assistance at the Multi-Service Center at Idlewild Park, 3937 E. Oaklawn Drive in Wichita. Please bring proof of residency (ID, utility bill with an address, etc.).
The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial donation. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. To donate by credit card, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, 350 Market, Wichita, KS 67202. Please be sure to designate your gift “Kansas Tornadoes.” Donors may also text "Shelter" to 80888 to give $10*.
During emergencies The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that gifts of household goods or clothing will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, if household goods are needed, we meet those needs using existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army, you help your community today and may help disaster survivors tomorrow. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.
*A oneâtime donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. 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. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide.