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The Salvation Army Prepares to Respond to Storms in Nebraska and Iowa


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Salvation Army personnel throughout the Western Division (Nebraska, western Iowa and South Dakota) are mobilizing to respond to tornadoes and damaging winds which forecasters are predicting will occur today and overnight. Currently, The Salvation Army has a minimum of five canteens (mobile kitchen units) ready to enter the affected areas as soon as the storm passes.

Relief efforts will extend throughout the impacted region. In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff will focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first responders, providing food, hydration and shelter for impacted individuals and families. Mobile kitchens and canteen units are capable of serving over 1,500 meals per day.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the storms to visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Donors may contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word OMAHA to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes”. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs:

  • 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 fully operational for one day

Visit The Salvation Army Omaha on Facebook and Twitter for further updates
For more information about our Emergency Disaster Services, click here.

Posted by Jackie on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 ·

Tornado Response Activities Continue in Louisville, MS

Tornado Response Activities Continue in Louisville, MS

Tornado Response Activities Continue in Louisville, MS
Louisville, MS (May 5, 2014) – Response activities continue in Louisville, MS., following last week’s series of deadly tornadoes that tore across the region.

Residents and organizations from all over the region have stepped up with donations for the shattered central Mississippi community.  The twister that struck the Louisville area was graded an EF4 tornado, meaning that the sustained winds were at times nearing 200 MPH.  Winds at this speed cause severe damage, easily leveling most structures.  This storm was exceptionally bad, since its path of destruction went on for almost 40 miles.

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services have been working in the area since the first few hours after the storm, providing food, water, and support for the community.  The Salvation Army in Jackson, MS collected emergency materials for the area, and this past weekend, they sent these to Winston County.  Part of the shipment also included food, water, and snacks for the three Salvation Army mobile feeding units assigned to the area.  One of The Salvation Army volunteers serving meals in Louisville stated, “I cannot believe the amount of destruction this little county has taken.”

It is true, that the storms have taken a toll on this small Mississippi County, but it is also very clear that they are determined to rebuild their community and their lives.  The Salvation Army commits to stand by Louisville and Winston County as they do just that. DONATIONS:
• Text “STORM” to 80888 and reply “yes” to donate $10*• By phone at 1-800-725-2769• Online at 2014

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and 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 T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating you certify that you are 18 yrs. or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innogive Foundation.  Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.


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

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:


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.


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 to order your own pizza and contribute to the “Help Oklahoma” fundraiser today – every dollar helps.

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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
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 to donate. For other ways to give, click here.


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 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.

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