1 Year Anniversary of Oklahoma Tornadoes

Salvation Army Marks One-Year Anniversary of 2013 Oklahoma Tornadoes

1 Year Anniversary of Oklahoma Tornadoes

Long-term recovery to continue for years to come in affected communities.

Oklahoma City, OK (May 2, 2014) – The Salvation Army continues to provide long-term recovery services to residents whose lives were forever changed following a series of deadly tornadoes in May 2013 that ravaged Central Oklahoma. The first storm hit on May 19, with an EF3 and an EF4 tornado that struck communities in Cleveland, Lincoln, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties. They were followed the next day by an EF5 tornado that struck Cleveland, Grady, McClain and Oklahoma counties. The third storm happened on May 31, when the widest tornado in recorded history hit Canadian county. In total, these storms were responsible for 49 fatalities and more than $2 billion in property damage.

Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams immediately responded to the storms and provided food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders. Thanks to generous support from the American public, corporate donors, and philanthropic organizations, The Salvation Army raised $18.2 million for response and recovery efforts. The long-term recovery of storm survivors, with their many and varying needs, is an ongoing focus for the Army, and is where the bulk of donated funding is committed.

“The storms that devastated Central Oklahoma have impacted the lives of residents forever,” said Major Steve Morris, Divisional Commander of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army. “The debris may be gone, but the recovery is going to take a long time.”

Initial Response

Of the total donated, The Salvation Army has spent $2.4 million (more than 13%) on response operations, including the deployment of 28 mobile kitchens and the opening of a 100,000 sq. ft. distribution center. During response operations, The Salvation Army provided:

  • 389,037 meals, drinks and snacks
  • 28,891 hours of employee and volunteer service
  • Emotional and spiritual care to 14,728 individuals
  • Emergency financial aid to 3,681 families (31,208 individuals), with assistance such as gift cards, vouchers to Family Thrift Stores, and referrals for a variety of services

All the while, The Salvation Army continued to operate its regular programs and services, providing meals, emergency shelter, clothing and energy assistance to residents in need who were not affected by the disasters.

“The fact that The Salvation Army was able to maintain its ongoing services even as we stepped in to provide emergency disaster services when the storms came through, is a testament to the dedication and the unique scope of the Army,” said Major Morris. “The Salvation Army works to repair the heart, not just the home, and we will continue to serve our neighbors whenever and wherever there is need.”

Long-term Recovery

As the disaster response has transitioned from immediate to long-term recovery services, The Salvation Army continues to support families affected by the storms and to help rebuild communities. The Salvation Army has committed the balance of the total donated (nearly 87%) to long-term recovery, including the following:

  • $10.5 million to support long-term recovery case management and direct aid for disaster survivors
  • $3 million for construction of residential storm shelters
  • $1.7 million for community preparedness and mitigation projects, including the distribution of weather radios and emergency “go” bags, senior programming and preparedness, and other outreach programs to help make communities more disaster-resilient in the event of future storms
  • $650,000 for a furniture program to help disaster survivors replace furnishings and general household goods

The Salvation Army is a founding member and participating agency of the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project (ODRP), a multi-agency case management partnership. The case management process will involve working with affected individuals and families to help identify their needs, develop their long-term recovery plans, connect them with available community resources, and help meet their long-term recovery goals, one step at a time. To date, ODRP has 1,107 open cases and has closed 1,589 cases.

“It will take a long time for this region’s residents to fully recover from a disaster of this severity,” said Captain Carlyle Gargis, Area Commander of The Salvation Army’s Central Oklahoma Area Command. “We are one of the primary social service providers in this region, and we also have long-standing partnerships that allow us to help our clients meet a very broad range of needs.”

To commemorate the anniversary of each storm, The Salvation Army will release special videos sharing real stories about tornado survivors. To view, please visit The Salvation Army’s YouTube channel on May 19, May 20, and May 31.

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April 27, 2014 – Oklahoma City, OK – Even as storms continue to hammer the region, The Salvation Army is in contact with Emergency Managers across Arkansas and is in contact with the State Emergency Operations Center. The Arkansas-Oklahoma (AOK) Division has placed disaster response teams and mobile feeding units (canteens) across the division on stand-by for the next 48 hours.

Multiple locations in Arkansas have sustained damage due to high winds, tornadoes, and hail which began a little after 4 PM Central Time this afternoon. It is the beginning of a very active 24 – 48 hours for much of Arkansas. Major Roger Glick, Central Arkansas Area Commander and Captain David Robinson, Conway Commanding Officer, are in touch with officials and preparing response plans.

Additionally, Quapaw, Oklahoma sustained storm damage earlier today. Salvation Army staff is evaluating the situation at this time.

Tornado warnings are currently underway in several counties in Arkansas. The Salvation Army will be prepared to provide care and compassion to those affected by storms as well as provide food and hydration. Please pray for all of those affected by storms today across multiple states in the Central United States.
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

  • Donors are encouraged to give online at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
  • https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/arkansastornados
  • Donations in the form of checks designated to Oklahoma Tornado Relief may also be mailed to:
  • The Salvation Army
    PO Box 738
    North Little Rock, AR 72115-0738

*Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

Updates will be provided as more information becomes available. Please follow us at www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOKEDS, www.twitter.com/cindyfullerokc, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOK, www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK for additional information.

Contact: Cindy Fuller,

Mobile: 405.830.6549

E-mail: cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org

Office: 405.254.1156

    

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

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Tulsa Salvation Army Serves Neighbors After Storms Hit

Tulsa Salvation Army Serves Neighbors After Storms

Tulsa, Oklahoma (July 25, 2013)—On the evening of Tuesday, July 23, Tulsa Oklahoma was hammered by a thunderstorm with winds up to 76 miles per hour and lightening that started fires across the metro and surrounding areas. With nearly 100,000 households without power, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services responded providing much needed food and hydration in the areas most affected by Tuesday night’s storms. On the first day out the canteen served 319 meals, 441 drinks and 226 snacks. The mobile feeding unit continues to roam neighborhoods in the Tulsa metro area stocked with sandwiches, water/Gatorade, snacks and lawn/debris bags to help bring a little relief to those affected, as well as those who are responding to the emergency.

One special trip was made Wednesday evening to an apartment complex that had been without power for more than 18 hours. A resident called to because the complex hadn’t received help from anyone and that the population was hungry and in need. Although the crew had been dispersed for the day, Major James Taylor grabbed volunteer coordinator, Jenny McElyea, and they headed out to help however they could.

Upon arrival they were greeted with a chorus of “God bless you’s” and appreciative faces, both young and old. “We stayed until we gave away everything we had on the truck,” Major James Taylor said.

To support The Salvation Army ministry efforts with a $10 gift, text* TULSA to 85944.

 

 

 

 

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

The Salvation Army Is Transitioning To Long-Term Disaster Recovery in Oklahoma

The Salvation Army is transitioning to long-term disaster recovery in Oklahoma throughout the month of May 2013.

Oklahoma City, OK (July 17, 2013)—The Salvation Army is transitioning to long-term disaster recovery in Oklahoma throughout the month of May 2013. Recovery services, which will include everything from food and financial assistance to emotional care and rebuilding efforts for families and individuals who have been impacted by the tornadoes, floods and other severe weather, will continue for at least the next 24 months. The Salvation Army will utilize “2013 Oklahoma Storm” donations and work alongside other relief organizations to ensure that all needs are met.

“Transitioning to a long-term recovery effort is an important step, not just for The Salvation Army, but also for the individuals and families who lost so much during these devastating storms,”

said Major Steve Morris, Divisional Commander of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army. “The Salvation Army is committed to making sure that donations given for this disaster will be used to continue to provide assistance to storm survivors.”

Thanks to generous donations from the American public, The Salvation Army has raised approximately $12 million to date for relief efforts in Oklahoma. All donations for the “2013 Oklahoma Storm” will be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to survivors of the storms that affected the state.

The Salvation Army has committed $4 million to response operations since the first tornadoes struck the state on May 18. Salvation Army disaster personnel activated 31 mobile kitchens and opened a 100,000 sq. ft. distribution center, providing more than:

  • 89,477 meals
  • 129,181 drinks
  • 170,379 snacks
  • 14,728 individuals received emotional and spiritual care
  • 51,988 comfort kits
  • 10,249 Clean Up Kits
  • 28,891 hours of employee and volunteer service
  • 6,381 cases opened and services provided to 31,208 with assistance through distribution of cards, vouchers, and referrals

The Salvation Army also provided survivors with blankets, Bibles, brooms, rakes, shovels, wheel barrows, totes, food boxes, infant supplies and cases of water.

The Salvation Army also participated in Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) in Carney, Little Axe, Shawnee, El Reno and Moore; all have now closed in preparation to the transition to long-term recovery. Along with other partner agencies, The Salvation Army plans to participate in the Multi-Agency Long-Term Recovery Center. In anticipation of opening soon, a call center, led by the American Red Cross, has been set up to begin recording qualifying cases. Call center staff will do intake along with casework teams who are available to respond and/or collect information for follow up on an as needed basis. The number to the call center is 866-477-7276.

Working in cooperation with partner agencies, The Salvation Army is developing plans to allocate approximately $8 million toward long-term disaster recovery assistance.

Recovery Phase
  • The Salvation Army will participate in the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project to conduct disaster case management for individuals and families in need of long term recovery.
  • The Salvation Army has also allocated funds to meet survivors unmet recovery needs that have not been covered by federal disaster assistance or private insurance.
  • The Salvation Army is also committed to helping Oklahomans to be better prepared and protected from future disasters. The Salvation Army has allocated funds for Youth and Senior Outreach programs and Mitigation efforts to help families better protect themselves from future storms.

“In Oklahoma, The Salvation Army has seen a new level of need. As we transition to long-term recovery efforts, we are incorporating experiences we have learned from past disaster response operations, but looking forward, we may encounter a need that is new and unplanned,” said Major Morris.

To learn more about The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services program, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Day 37: Tornado Response Continues In Central Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK (June 25, 2013)—The Salvation Army has been busy serving tens of thousands throughout Central Oklahoma in the aftermath of the May tornadoes. Since the peak of the relief, 30 mobile feeding units (canteens) and catering trucks have served in areas devastated by the tornadoes and flooding.

With over 1,200 homes lost, plans are being drafted for the transition from the emergency relief phase which is waning (37 days after first onset of tornadoes) to intermediate and long term recovery and care of storm victims.

“We continue to assess the needs in the area and anticipate the bulk of our assistance will begin once families and individuals find temporary housing and/or begin the rebuilding process,” states Lt. Trey Jones, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army’s Incident Command team. “Our ability to provide recovery and long term assistance is based upon the needs of those impacted and our partnerships with other agencies.”

In response to the storm, through Tuesday, June 18, The Salvation Army has provided approximately:

  • 81,809 meals
  • 117,735 drinks
  • 146,697 snacks
  • Emotional and spiritual care to 13,046 individuals
  • 43,570 comfort kits
  • 6,784 clean up kits
  • 26,480 hours of employee and volunteer service
  • Over 3,800 cases opened and services provided to more than 13,000 individuals

The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of canteens and supply warehouses throughout the United States to enable speedy mobilization. There are 260 of these units in the southern United States alone and more than 600 emergency response vehicles nationwide.

 
 

MARCS (Multi-Agency Resource Centers)

Hours: Doors Open at 9:00 a.m.

The Salvation Army is located in the El Reno and Moore MARCs. Assistance includes:

  • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
  • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado and Flooding Survivors
  • Referrals for Other Services

Jenks Simmons Field House
214 N. Country Club Rd
El Reno, OK

Westmoore High School
12613 S. Western Ave.
Moore, OK
FIXED FEEDING SITE

 
 

Distribution of In-Kind Gifts NEW HOURS

The Salvation Army is providing water, food, hygiene items, clean-up kits and additional items for anyone affected by the recent tornadoes and flooding.
Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads Distribution Hours:
Monday thru Saturday: 10 AM until 6 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

 
 

Monetary donations and Volunteers are the most critical need as transition occurs into recovery.

  • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
  • Checks should be mailed to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 2536, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 and designate “2013 Oklahoma Tornadoes.”
  • Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve. You can reach our Volunteer Coordinator at 405-620-2027 or alArmyOKTornadoVolunteer@gmail.com.

 
 

Your donations make a real difference.
  • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
  • A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
  • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
  • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
  • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

 
 
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Oklahoma Tornado Response Continues

Oklahoma City, OK (June 17, 2013)—Close to 30 days after the first of a series of tornadoes occurred on May 19, May 20 and May 31 in Central Oklahoma, The Salvation Army continues to provide emergency financial assistance as well as meals, snacks and hydration at locations in the impacted areas.

The Salvation Army has provided over 300,000 meals, drinks, and snacks to those impacted by the May tornadoes and flooding. 28 Canteens (mobile feeding units) and Catering Trucks have been deployed from across the country to assist in the disaster response as well as numerous personnel including volunteers, employees and Officers. Additionally, Clean-up and Comfort (hygiene) kits, as well as other necessary items have been provided. Emotional and spiritual care remains a high priority. The Salvation Army has prayed with over 11,500 persons.

 
 

UPDATES:

For the latest updates on The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster, there are many options to follow:

 
 

UPDATES BY LOCATION

The Salvation Army will continue to provide relief services for tornado and flooding survivors indefinitely. Food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care and other supplies are being provided to residents of the heavily impacted areas including: Canadian, Cleveland and Oklahoma counties.

 
 

MARCS (Multi-Agency Resource Centers)

Hours: Doors Open at 9:00 a.m.

The Salvation Army is located in the El Reno and Moore MARCs. Assistance includes:

  • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
  • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado and Flooding Survivors
  • Referrals for Other Services

Canadian County:
El Reno: Jenx Simmons Field House
214 N. Country Club Rd
El Reno, OK

Moore: Westmoore High School
12613 S. Western Ave.
Moore, OK

 
 

IN KIND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (Bulk Distribution) of In-Kind Gifts

At this location, The Salvation Army is providing water, food, hygiene items, and clean-up kits for anyone affected by the recent tornadoes and flooding.
Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads Distribution Hours:
Monday thru Wednesday: 10 AM until 6 PM
Thursday: 10 AM until 9 PM
Friday and Saturday: 10 AM until 6 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

7000 Crossroads Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK
(Located on Lower Level West entrance of mall in former JC Penney store)
Directions: Use I-240 entrance. Drive behind the AMC Theatre and park at the JC Penney Entrance.

 
 

FIXED FEEDING LOCATIONS
  • Westmoore High School MARC (Multi-Agency Recovery Center) at 12613 S. Western Ave., Oklahoma City.
  • Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads Tornado Relief Distribution Center at 7000 Crossroads Boulevard, Oklahoma City.
  • El Reno MARC at Jenx Simmons Field House, 214 N. Country Club Rd.

 
 

ROVING FEEDING FROM CANTEENS:

At 10 a.m. Salvation Army canteens began patrolling the following areas, offering food and hydration as well as spiritual and emotional care by trained counselors: 35th East and West areas.

 
 

DONATIONS:

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need.

  • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling
    1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
  • Checks may be made out to:
    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    PO BOX 2536
    Oklahoma City, OK 73102
    Please designate “Oklahoma May Tornadoes” on all checks.

 
 

In-Kind:

The Salvation Army cannot accept unsolicited in kind donations for the Oklahoma tornado relief operation.

  • Corporations, foundations and others interested in donating to The Salvation Army response effort should contact Lanita Lloyd at Lanita_Lloyd@uss.salvationarmy.org or 404-728-1300 ext. 10680.
  • Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated will be sent to the disaster area. In times 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 visit www.satruck.org.

 
 

VOLUNTEERS:

Those interested in volunteering with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

  • Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
  • There are some direct-service volunteer opportunities available with The Salvation Army’s Oklahoma tornado response. Individuals or groups interested in helping provide assistance to Oklahomans affected by these storms may view and register for available opportunities by visiting www.VolunteerCentralOklahoma.org. Under “Find Volunteer Opportunities,” search for “Salvation Army Disaster.” You can reach our Volunteer Coordinator at 405-620-2027 or SalArmyOKTornadoVolunteer@gmail.com.

 
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

From Joplin, With Love

From Joplin, With Love

“When we heard about Moore, it was déjà vu,” says Lt. James Curry, corps officer for The Salvation Army in Joplin, Missouri.

It was May 22, 2011, when the community of Joplin, Missouri, was hit by an EF5 tornado. One hundred and sixty-one lives were lost; another 1,150 people were injured. The tornado was big, measuring a mile wide in its widest part.

The EF5 that touched down in Moore on May 20, 2013, was wider.

“We started praying immediately,” Curry says. “When I went to work we had a moment of silence.”

Soon after, the community stepped up in a big way.

“We had people dropping off baby diapers, wipes, shampoo and conditioner. People who couldn’t afford to buy hand sanitizer were buying hand sanitizer,” says Ali O’Dell, Volunteer Coordinator for The Salvation Army Joplin Corps.

Along with the diapers, wipes and toiletries came bottled water, and lots of it. Sam’s Club donated 2 pallets of water. Another four pallets came from Tri-State Motor Transit Co. and Downstream Casino Resort.

Beacon Roofing Supply donated a truck to drive the donated goods from Missouri. They also donated hygiene kits, cleaning supplies and other items that can be used for debris clean-up and removal.

Lt. Curry said the citizens of Joplin would continue to keep the Moore community in their prayers.

“This outpouring of love and support for the Moore community is something that the Joplin community wanted to do. We’re here to support the community of Moore until the needs are met.”

While Joplin continues to rebuild, Moore will now begin to heal. The gift of love from a different state will help both communities as they look forward, and remember the past.

The Salvation Army is no longer accepting in kind donations; monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need. Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).