March 27, 2015 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Salvation Army continues to assist those impacted from the tornadoes that touched down in multiple locations in Oklahoma.
Central Oklahoma Area Command
The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma has been on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma with their catering truck with personnel coordinating with Local and State Emergency Management to serve first responders and those affected by the tornado.
475 meals, 325 snacks and 515 drinks were served to first responders and survivors during Thursday's relief efforts. Major Carlyle Gargis, Central Oklahoma Area Commander has been serving in the affected area. Major Gargis states “The damage caused by Wednesday night’s tornado is heart-breaking as it brings back memories of the devastation two years ago. We are honored to again provide nourishment to the first responders and storm survivors as well as spiritual and emotional care.”
The Salvation Army is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday at 312 N Janeway Avenue in Moore with donations from Krispy Kreme, Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Chick-fil-A.
Tulsa Metropolitan Area Command
The Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) was out all night serving first responders, volunteers and survivors and continues to serve meals throughout the day. The canteen is stationed at the River Oaks Mobile Home Park for resident, first responder and volunteer feeding.
The Salvation Army is prepared to provide care and compassion to those affected by storms as well as provide food and hydration for as long as necessary. Debbie Davis, who lost her mobile home in the heavily hit Sand Springs park and was in need of physical and spiritual help said “When I got here this morning and saw that The Salvation Army was here, I knew that we would get help. God spared me, my husband, and our two dogs. We were able to save a few things that were precious to us. The Salvation Army has prayed with me that we will be okay as we rebuild. I am so thankful for the Salvation Army.”
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. Additional updates will be posted at www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOk, www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK, and www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOKEDS.
The Salvation Army Mission Statement:
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, 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.