Joplin, MO (June 14, 2011) - The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Social Services has relocated from The Bridge to The Salvation Army Oasis located on the corner of 26th & Main effective today. Joplin residents in need of social service support for food, clothing, gas, meals, beverages, toiletries and other critical support and information will find assistance at the Oasis from 9-5 p.m. daily. All Salvation Army Emergency services and assistance are free to the public.
What Joplin residents will find at The Salvation Army Oasis:
· Social Service Assistance
· Lost & Found
· The Hope Station
Other Emergency Disaster Services Ongoing in Joplin:
The Salvation Army is partnering with HOPE Station to provide hope to the Joplin community. This will be a 5 week event which will include music, art, food, worship and opportunities for people to share their stories of hope.
The campaign now in progress and is also held at the Salvation Army's Oasis off 26th and Main. Included is a nightly dinner, live music, a kid’s station with donated toys, guest speakers, and more. This event will take place nightly until the 4th of July. For more information on the HOPE Station visit www.thehopestation.org.
The Salvation Army Lost & Found located on the corner of 26th & Main at The Salvation Army Oasis is now open daily from 9-5 p.m. Joplin residents can drop off items they find of individuals affected by the May 22 tornado. The Salvation Army Lost & Found is a place where the community can come and bring lost family items to be reunited with owners.
The best way to help Joplin now is to call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to www.salvationarmyusa.orgto make a donation by credit card. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, PO Box 21787, St. Louis, MO 63109-0787. Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado.” Cell phone users may also text the word JOPLINto 80888 to make a $10 donation charged to their cell phone bill (text and/or messaging charges may apply).
Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:
Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.
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. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.About The Salvation Army