Salvation Army Assistance Continues for Those Impacted by Oklahoma Wildfires

August 09, 2012
Cynthia (Cindy) Fuller | cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org | (405) 254-1156

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (August 9, 2012) – Reports indicate over 103,000 acres have burned in Oklahoma since last Friday with approximately 375 homes destroyed.  The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division continues to have feeding units on stand-by across the State of Oklahoma due to the continued fire danger through Saturday.

The Salvation Army has Disaster Social Services personnel located in four Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCS) around the state providing financial assistance and vouchers for clothing to affected households.  MARCs are currently open in Mannford (Creek County), Luther (Oklahoma County), Glencoe (Payne County), and Noble (Cleveland County).  To date, we have opened more than 117 cases consisting of more than 261 persons.  Many individuals and families are still expected to come through the centers as some are just now able to assess the damage and loss of their homes.  The MARCS will remain open at least through Saturday.

Since the wildfire outbreak, The Salvation Army provided over 2,500 meals, 4,534 drinks, and over 2,600 snacks.  Over 300 man-hours have been recorded for volunteers, employees, and Officers.

Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts.  The best way to help those impacted by the wildfires is to make a financial contribution.

Call:  1-800-SAL-ARMY

Online:  disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
  (There is a banner at the top to click on to Donate Now to Oklahoma Fire Relief Efforts)

Mail:         The Salvation Army
                Attn:  Oklahoma Wildfires
                PO Box 12600
                Oklahoma City, OK  73157

Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster.  The Salvation Army is very grateful to the public for its support to help those in need.  We will continue to meet the needs of those families and individuals impacted by these disasters as long as we have the resources to do so.

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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.

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