Photo: Gary Chase of the Salvation Army at Oklahoma City unloads pallets of food boxes Wednesday morning at the Salvation Army building on East 12th Avenue in Pine Bluff. The boxes, along with cleanup kits, will be distributed to people who were evacuated because of flooding on the Arkansas River when they get ready to go home. (Pine Bluff Commercial/Ray King)
Pine Bluff, AR (June 4, 2015) - As flood waters begin to recede in Jefferson County, Arkansas, The Salvation Army continues to provide its services to displaced residents and responders in southwest Arkansas.
Supplies from the Arkansas & Oklahoma Divisional Disaster warehouse arrived in Pine Bluff on Wednesday, providing additional food boxes, clean up kits and cases of water to be used in the response efforts in the flooded communities of Wright, Harbor Island and Swan Lake.
To date, over 5600 meals snacks and drinks have been served to the public and first responders in Arkansas & Oklahoma during this emergency disaster response. Additionally, The Salvation Army has and is staged to distribute 535 clean up kits, 270 hygiene kits, 260 food boxes and 629 cases of water, in hopes that these items might provide an easier transition for affected households as the community begins its transition back to normalcy.
Updates will be provided as more information becomes available on The Salvation Army’s continued long term services for those who were affected in Grady and Oklahoma Counties. 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 & Arkansas during this event and future disasters is to make a monetary donation.
To mail a contribution to the Arkansas-Oklahoma relief efforts,
P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157
Please mark your donation as "May 2015 Storms"
Give online at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/disaster/disaster-storm-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.