Wichita, KS (April 16, 2012) –The Salvation Army remains on the scene in Wichita this morning, offering support to community members in the aftermath of a devastating tornado that tore through the southern part of the city Saturday night.
Three Salvation Army emergency disaster mobile feeding kitchens (canteens) are back in action today, offering assistance to first responders, survivors and clean-up crews. One canteen is stationed outside a temporary shelter for survivors, while the two other canteens are roving through the devastated areas.
On Sunday, Salvation Army volunteers served 450 meals and distributed flashlights, batteries, blankets, pillows and hygiene kits to those in need. The Salvation Army is also offering financial assistance in the form of vouchers to tornado survivors. To apply, individuals are asked to go to The Salvation Army City Command, 350 Market in Wichita between the hours of 8:30 am and 4 pm. Please bring proof of residency (ID, utility bill with an address, etc.).
“We arrived on the scene within a few hours after the tornado,” said Major Douglas Rowland, the City Commander for The Salvation Army in Wichita. “Later, as we drove through a trailer park that had been destroyed, we came upon a man who was alone, rummaging through the pile of rubble that had once been his home. He said that he had been in rehab and was going to be coming home, but now had nothing to come home to. My wife and I prayed with him that God would somehow help him through it all and feel His presence to continue on.”
The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial donation. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. To donate by credit card, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/donate. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, 350 Market, Wichita, KS 67202. Donors may also text "Shelter" to 80888 to give $10. Please be sure to designate your gift “Kansas Tornadoes”
* A oneâtime donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.
Due to emergency conditions, The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that gifts of household goods or clothing donated now will be sent to disaster areas. In times of disaster, we fulfill household needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. Please, continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army—you help your community today and may help with disaster relief needs tomorrow. 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.