• Cynthia (Cindy) Fuller

Salvation Army Provides Food for the Soul, Meals and Hydration

Woodward, OK (April 17, 2012) – The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma division continues to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to the community of Woodward. To date, 824 meals, 1, 890 drinks, and 1, 506 snacks have been provided by the crew on the Enid, Oklahoma Salvation Army’s canteen to responders and those affected by the April 16 deadly tornado. In addition to the snacks, meals and drinks, The Salvation Army is providing emotional and spiritual care.

As of Monday evening, there had been 209 contacts made with those needing comfort and prayer. Janelle Mulanax, Divisional Director of Emergency Disaster Services commented “the impact of the caring and compassionate service is palpable in the community.” Many times, as the canteen stops to serve, residents first ask “Where’s my hug?” After conversation and hugs, then food and drink are served.

Salvation Army’s “food for the soul” in His name continues to be the most important ministry and service provided. Volunteers, Officers, and employees have dedicated many hours to the response effort in Woodward over the two days of response thus far. Feeding efforts continue to be shared with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and the American Red Cross. Other efforts continue to be coordinated with State and Local emergency management officials.

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. Locally, in Woodward, only monetary donations are being accepted. Checks may be mailed to PO Box 542, Woodward, OK 73802 or dropped off at The Salvation Army located at 1209 9th Street. Checks are to be made out to The Salvation Army of Woodward / Ellis County. All donations made for the disaster will go directly to those affected in the area. All funds remain in this community. The Salvation Army’s office in Woodward may be reached at 580-256-1083.

The Salvation Army also provides online means for people who want to help those affected by disaster. Visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769.) Designate “Oklahoma storms” when making your donation.

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyEDS, @SalArmyAOKEDS, and @SalArmyAOK. Interested parties may also visit www.salvationarmyaok.org and Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK. Additional updates will be sent as new information becomes available.

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About The Salvation Army The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.