Oklahoma City, OK – Over the past several weeks, severe storms have continued to wreak havoc in Oklahoma. On Saturday evening, May 25, a tornado touched down in El Reno, Oklahoma destroying a mobile home park as well as other businesses, including two motels. Even as response occurs, the threat of additional severe weather remains over the next couple of days.
The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma quickly mobilized their canteen (mobile feeding unit) to offer support to first responders and survivors. Salvation Army staff and volunteers are offering snacks, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care.
“We are on site supporting the efforts of the first responder teams of El Reno along with those from many neighboring communities,” said Major Stephen Ellis, area commander for The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma. “We have provided breakfast and lunch and will continue serving on site as the work continues.”
The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.
- Donate Online: www.helpsalvationarmy.org
- Donate by Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate ‘May 2019 OK/AR Storms’ on all checks.
- Donate by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
- Donate by Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving
We are praying for those impacted by the El Reno tornado.
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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.