The Salvation Army Continues To Serve Arkansas Flood Responders And Survivors

May 17, 2011
Cynthia (Cindy) Fuller | | (405) 254-1156

Oklahoma City, OK - May 17, 2011 – The Salvation Army continues to serve responders to the flooding occurring along the Mississippi River as well as the flood victims of the White River.

Prairie County – Des Arc, AR

The Salvation Army provided 5,207 meals from Thursday evening, May 5, through Friday, May 13. The Salvation Army arrived on site at the request of Arkansas Emergency Management to provide meal service for the National Guard troops helping Prairie County.   As the flood waters receded, many of the troops were reassigned and services were no longer needed.   Teams from various parts of Arkansas provided assistance including Central Arkansas Area Command, Fort Smith, Mountain Home, and Northwest Arkansas.   The Salvation Army is grateful to Gospel Mission Church for their hospitality as well as the community of Des Arc. 

RandolphCounty – Pocahontas, AR

The Salvation Army’s Pocahontas Service Unit continues to support flood victims in need with food boxes, toiletry items, infant items, blankets and more.   Proof of residence and other documentation may be requested as services are provided on a case by case basis.  The services are being provided through the Service Unit’s Family Store.  The store is located at 212 E. Everett Street.

Chicot and Desha Counties – McGehee, AR

On Thursday, the State of Arkansas requested assistance with feeding to begin May 13 in McGehee.   On Friday, Captain David Robinson, Pine Bluff, and Joe Finley, Arkansas Service Unit Representative, arrived to assist Jason Martin, Pastor of Victory Covenant Church and the McGehee Family Store Manager.    With the help of two Airmen, and several Service Center volunteers, 110 hot meals, 110 sack lunches, and snacks were provided.  To date, 1800 meals and numerous snacks have been provided to Air and Army National Guard Troops.  Over 447 hours of service have been donated by volunteers to help in meal preparation and service.  Meals and hydration will continue as long as there is a need.   The service is being provided at a “tent city” near McGehee where troops helping with Chicot and Desha counties are stationed.  Volunteers from The Salvation Army’s Lake Village Service Unit from Chicot County are also assisting with volunteer efforts.

Financial donations are critically needed to support disaster relief efforts

There are various ways to donate:

  • Visit
  • Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate Arkansas Floods.
  • Checks may be made out to “The Salvation Army Disaster Services” and mailed to PO Box 100339, Atlanta, GA  30384-0339.  Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster.
  • Text “FLOOD” to 80888 to donate $10.
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 ( 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 or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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