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Raley’s Store Customers & Employees Donate $37,110.22 for Oklahoma Tornado Relief.

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Jennie Teel-Wolter, Community Relations Manager for Raley’s Family of Fine Stores presents the check to Major Lisa Dickinson, Salvation Army Divisional leader.

Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, a Sacramento-based grocer, announced Tuesday that $74,220.44 was raised by store customers and employees thanks to the Food for Families collection boxes that were designated for the Oklahoma Tornado Relief efforts during the month of June.
The donation, collected in only four weeks, has been split between The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross with each organization receiving a check for $37,110.22 to be used for Oklahoma relief efforts. Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams of The Salvation Army have been providing disaster relief to Oklahomans in need since the EF5 tornado swept through the region on May 20.

In July, The Salvation Army transitioned to long-term recovery operations for families and individuals who have been impacted by the storm, including everything from food and financial assistance to emotional care and rebuilding efforts. These efforts will continue for at least the next two years.

“This is another great example of the incredible generosity of this community,” said Major Bill Dickinson, Salvation Army Divisional Commander of the Del Oro Division. “The Salvation Army is truly grateful for efforts made by Raley’s and its customers and employees. This will go a long way to provide any assistance now and in the future for the families and individuals in Oklahoma.”

The Salvation Army gives thanks for the patrons and employees of Raley’s for making this contribution possible.

For the latest disaster services updates or ways to give, please visit: http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/

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A Huge Thanks to Target from Students in Oklahoma & Arkansas

In partnership with The Salvation Army, Target is providing a memorable back-to-school shopping experience that equips children in need with all the essentials for a successful academic year. And the campaign, which awarded 12,000 children, affiliated with Salvation Army youth programs, with $80 gift cards to shop for clothing and supplies with the help of a designated chaperon, is doing more than filling backpacks.

Our back-to-school program with Target provides emotional encouragement for families in need. These kids are getting jazzed for the school year ahead while parents are relieved of the rising costs associated with the annual shopping tradition.

Want to support The Salvation Army’s back-to-school programs? Find your local Salvation Army here. 
With the help of volunteers, students from Norman, OK checked off their teacher’s lists by picking out supplies – and their favorite clothes – courtesy of Target’s generosity.

Check out this touching video from The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division, and help us say “Thank You” to Target by ‘Liking’ and commenting on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/target).

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U.S. Army Soldier Serves Oklahoma Survivors Alongside Salvation Army

Posted by Megan on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 · Leave a Comment 

The following was contributed by Krachel Greenwood, E-Communications Manager for The Salvation Army Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Divisional Headquarters. Krachel has been serving with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams on the ground in Oklahoma since the disaster struck. 

From the client side of the desk, Gregory Von-Dollen is just another smiling face sitting at the Multi-Agency Resource Center located at Westmoore High School in Moore, Oklahoma.

Von-Dollen, an Oklahoma native, was out of state when tornadoes touched down in May. But he knew he had to help.

“The whole purpose was for me to come out and help my community. Since being wounded it has become my sense of duty to return that service the community has given me,” Von-Dollen explains.

In October of 2009 Von-Dollen joined the United States Army. Thirteen months later he was involved in a motorcycle accident which severely injured his left leg. He broke his hip, received 2-3 fractions in his femur and 25+ breaks in his tibia. He underwent two years of limb salvage, but in June of 2012 an amputation was performed, due to building blood clots in his leg.

Von-Dollen prevailed. He has stayed active duty with the United States Army and is currently receiving treatment at WTB (Warrior Transition Battallion), Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Specialist Von-Dollen knows what it means to be Army Strong; he also knows what it means to be Oklahoma Strong.

“People don’t understand the resiliency Oklahoma has – don’t seem to understand the spirit people here have,” he explains.

When Von-Dollen’s leg was amputated he was pushed to get back in the saddle.

“I’ve been skydiving, rock climbing, fishing, bowling, SCUBA diving and gone on multiple hunting trips,” he says. He’s also taken up hand cycling – and logged his longest ride at 25 miles.

For those stopping by Spc. Von-Dollen’s spot at The Salvation Army’s table, a genuine smile is a welcomed one.

“A lot of people are still at the point of not wanting to share. One woman wasn’t home but her son was. He dove into a small closet and after the tornado passed by a neighbor stopped by and heard him screaming. The neighbor broke through the sheetrock and helped him out,” he says.

Von-Dollen plans to volunteer with The Salvation Army for four days. He looks forward to finishing his leave by spending time with family before returning to Texas.

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A thank you to our generous partners

Since May 19, thanks to the generosity and sacrifice of our partners, supporters and countless volunteers, The Salvation Army has been able to provide 44,878 meals, 63,678 drinks, and 55,867 snacks to tornado survivors in Oklahoma.

This kind of service is made possible in large part by The Salvation Army’s corporate partners. We would like to extend our sincere to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Little Ceasers, Chick-Fil-A and Papa John’s Pizza who have helped us feed survivors, volunteers, first responders, and other emergency personnel via donations and mobile kitchens.

Last Sunday, our friends at Papa John’s- called upon pizza lovers across the country to support the communities of Moore and El Reno, Oklahoma in their recovery from the destructive storms by asking customers to donate $1 of every food order, towards The Salvation Army’s recovery efforts. We are thrilled to announce that $400,000 was raised that day in support of our relief efforts in Oklahoma.

Additionally, the company’s mobile pizza kitchen, served over 10,000 pizzas to the survivors and first responders. They were also kind enough to deliver hundreds of pizzas from local franchises to residents and aid workers.

Thank you, America, for teaming up with Papa John’s Pizza to make this donation possible! We are beyond thankful to everyone’s continuous generosity, support and partnership in Doing The Most Good.

To learn more about The Salvation Army, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

To donate to our relief efforts or to learn more about The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services, please visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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Using Humor to Heal Broken Hearts in OK

Post courtesy of Krachel Greenwood, E-Communications Manager at The Salvation Army – Wisconsin Upper Michigan Division.

David McCullough makes a living by making others smile. The professional clown, known as Korn Pop, was only 12 years old when he realized his calling in life. “I was the class clown and was always getting into some kind of mischief in school,” he says. “I wrote a report on the circus. My teacher knew a retired circus clown and introduced him to me. His name was Popcorn, and I wanted to be just like him when I grew up.”

When the EF5 tornado touched down in Moore, Oklahoma, McCullough’s pastor at the Rock Hill Baptist Church in Brownsboro, Texas, put a call out for volunteers to assist with clean-up efforts. McCullough agreed to go, so long as his pastor would allow him to share a few balloon animals along the way.

“I love Jesus, and I know Jesus has a heart for people. It’s my ministry. It’s how I can show Jesus’ love, by bringing smiles to others,” he says.

McCullough spent the morning clowning around at The Salvation Army’s Distribution Center located in Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads. While he was there he spoke to several children who lost everything during the recent tornadoes across Oklahoma City.

Fifteen-year-old Aaron, who lives next door to Briarwood Elementary School, says he likes to lift weights. That inspired McCullough to tie up a balloon-figure weightlifter, something that the high school sophomore could give a thumbs up to.

Nine-year-old Sterling flew in with family from Georgia to assist a brother who lost his home. She says there isn’t much left of his house, located on 6th Street in Moore.

Five-year-old Jayden couldn’t believe her eyes when Korn Pop asked her to hold a balloon and it popped out of her hands.

“I love The Salvation Army. I love what you guys do,” McCullough says. ”When winter rolls around I ring bells. I do what I can to help.”

For the boy who wrote a school paper about the circus, serving others by clowning around has proved to be the perfect way to share the love Jesus has for others.

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Papa John’s Pizza Delivers Help to Survivors in Moore

One week into relief efforts following tornado activity in Oklahoma on May 19th, and a devastating EF5 tornado in Moore, OK on May 20th, The Salvation Army has provided 19,578 meals, 30,043 drinks, 19,414 snacks, and prayed with 2,564 persons. More than 4,200 man-hours have been logged by volunteers, employees and officers to support survivors, as well as emergency responders. These numbers are expected to grow over the next several months as families and individuals rebuild, and as others come together to help The Salvation Army meet the need.
For example, Papa John’s, a partnering organization with The Salvation Army, is helping people on the ground while also giving the American public an opportunity to help. In response to the storm, Papa John’s sent a mobile kitchen to Moore to help provide hot pizzas to people who lost their homes. Through the Papa John’s pizza kitchen, the organization has made and delivered more than 1,200 pizzas.
Papa John’s is also facilitating a “Help Oklahoma” fundraiser today, May 26th. All day, $1 from every order, big or small, from Papa John’s will be donated to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Oklahoma.
To help The Salvation Army and Papa John’s support recovery efforts, you can visit www.PapaJohns.com to order your own pizza and contribute to the “Help Oklahoma” fundraiser today – every dollar helps.

Filed under Disaster Services, Doing The Most Good · Tagged with Donate, EDS, Oklahoma, Papa Johns, The Salvation Army, Tornado

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Disaster Services Continues In Oklahoma

Post courtesy of Cynthia (Cindy) Fuller, Public Relations for The Salvation Army Arkansas & Oklahoma Division.

Despite thunderstorms and threat of severe weather, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster response teams have worked diligently since the early hours of Sunday evening to provide support to first responders and those impacted in the Shawnee, Carney and Little Axe area as well as Moore, Oklahoma.

Now that the all persons have been accounted for in the destruction areas, families and individuals are being allowed back into their neighborhoods. As this occurs, The Salvation Army is ramping up its operations on the ground. Twelve Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) from various locations in Arkansas and Oklahoma are roaming in the Shawnee and Moore devastation areas.

As of Tuesday, The Salvation Army provided 4,684 hot and cold meals, 7,752 drinks and 3,188 snacks. This assistance will continue for the foreseeable future as The Salvation Army is committed to supporting the residents of this community as they return to their homes and begin rebuilding their lives.

In addition to providing food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also securing warehousing and staging areas as they prepare to increase operations to serve all those affected by the tornadoes.

Monetary donations continue to be the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized. The Salvation Army is unable to accept in kind donations at this time. By far the most effective way to support The Salvation Army response in Oklahoma, is by making a financial contribution:

• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 2536, OKC, OK 73102
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• ONLINE at disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
Text “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation on your smartphone.

If you would like to support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma, please visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org to donate. For other ways to give, click here.

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Salvation Army Meeting Unique Needs in Oklahoma Thanks to Your Support

Having lost everything in the Moore, Oklahoma tornado on Monday, the woman in the above photo along with her husband and child had only the clothes on their backs. Major Steve Morris of The Salvation Army counseled and prayed with the family and coordinated material assistance to help them get back on their feet.

Since Monday’s devastating storm, The Salvation Army has been helping families and individuals like this with food, hydration, and other basic needs, in addition to spiritual and emotional counseling.

The ministry of The Salvation Army is a unique part of our Emergency Disaster Services (EDS), but is oftentimes the service that provides the most comfort to disaster survivors. In an effort to better meet the emotional needs of Moore residents, an additional 14 Salvation Army officers from Florida traveled to Oklahoma to assist the Emotional and Spiritual Personnel already serving on the ground.

Working with partner organizations like the Southern Baptist Association and the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army in Oklahoma and Arkansas has been preparing and distributing meals and snacks to those affected by the tornado. EDS crews are also prepared to provide clean-up kits, hygiene kits, shower units and first-aid supplies, among other material assistance, to Oklahoma residents in need.

If you would like to support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma, please visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org to donate. For other ways to give, click here.

“The Salvation Army is grateful for the continued support of the American people as we work to serve all of those impacted by this tragedy,” said Major Ron Busroe, National Community Relations & Development Secretary.

For the latest updates, visit http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/, www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, www.twitter.com/SalvationArmyUS, and www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyUSA.