May 7, 2015 - Oklahoma City, OK – The Salvation Army is on the grounds in Central Oklahoma, serving those affected by the destructive storms that moved through Bridge Creek, Amber, Blanchard and southern parts of Oklahoma City on May 6th, 2015.
“It is a privilege to serve these communities in their time in need, as the residents in this area have been so generous in their giving to The Salvation Army all year,” said Captain Kim Grimes, Corps Officer in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
Mobile feeding units (canteens) provided lunch and dinner in areas that were heavily damaged by tornadoes and flood waters. 200 meals were provided for lunch by Interurban restaurant of Chickasha, and were delivered into the neighborhoods so that those who were affected by the storms could continue picking up the scattered pieces of their homes. Evening meals were donated to The Salvation Army by the Chickasaw Nation, and were served on both mobile canteens and fixed feeding locations.
Hydration, snacks, and supplies were also provided to residents and first responders, many of which were donated to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts by WalMart and Ross Feed & Seed.
The Salvation Army will continue its service of food, hydration, and emotional & spiritual care in these neighborhoods in the coming days, even as the threat of severe weather continues throughout the rest of the week.
Updates will be provided as more information becomes available. Please follow us at www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOKEDS, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOK and www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK for additional information.
How to Help:
The quickest and easiest way to support the efforts of The Salvation Army as they serve disaster victims in Oklahoma during this event and future disasters is to make a monetary donation.
Give online at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/disaster/midwest-disaster-relief-may-2015
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY [1-800-725-2769]
Text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
Donations of Household Good and Clothing:
Due to the emergency situation, The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual donations of household goods or clothing (gifts-in-kind) will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. PLEASE continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store. You will help your community and help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.
Contact: Chris Johnson, 405.323.5892
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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.