OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – During the recent blizzard that affected much of Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas, The Salvation Army was busy providing emergency services, opening with warming centers and operating its existing shelters at increased capacity.
Now, this area of the country is preparing for another major winter storm with 4 – 8 inches of snow forecast in much of Oklahoma and into Arkansas.
Across the division, warming centers have their doors open once again and homeless shelters remain stocked and ready to handle additional guests.
During the last winter storm that began on January 31 and heavily affected the area until February 3, the following was reported (these numbers could go higher once all reports are in):
6,143 meals served
1,877 nights of lodging provided
1,648 drinks served
680 snacks served
Multiple blankets, articles of clothing, and personal comfort kits provided
As a result of the storm, many shelters are in need of bulk food items, as well as coats, gloves, and blankets. Monetary donations are welcome and can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at www.salvationarmyusa.org.
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.