Jonesboro, Arkansas (March 30, 2020) – After three tornadoes were reported in Arkansas on Saturday evening, with one landing in Jonesboro where significant damage occurred, The Salvation Army immediately went into emergency disaster response mode.
Two mobile feeding units have been deployed, one from Jonesboro and one from Mountain Home, Arkansas. Food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care are being provided to both first responders and storm survivors. As of Sunday, 385 meals and 205 drinks, have been served. 42 Emotional and Spiritual Care contacts were made, and volunteers have provided 48 hours of service.
In addition to meeting the immediate needs in Jonesboro, the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division sent supplies from the Emergency Disaster Services warehouse. On Sunday, Major Ben Lawrence, Divisional Secretary for the division as well as Laurie Fried, Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director and volunteer, Kevin Fried, loaded tarps, MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat), hygiene kits, gloves, masks and snacks to send to Jonesboro to assist with the response. The supplies were scheduled to arrive late Sunday evening.
Financial donations can be made at helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY to support response efforts. For the latest Salvation Army disaster information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmy.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmyaok/ and www.twitter.com/salarmyeds and www.twitter.com/salarmyedsaok.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.