Salvation Army Continues to Serve Survivors/First Responders in Oklahoma

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
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Over 93,000 acres have burned in Oklahoma as a result of a wildfire that started last Friday, spurring a statewide burn ban along with a State of Emergency…

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Aiding Storm-Ravaged Communities in KS, IA, & OK

Monday, April 16, 2012
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After more than 100 tornadoes passed through Midwest and Plains states within a 24 hour stretch this past weekend, The Salvation Army remains on the scenes of some of the most ravaged towns to help storm survivors pick up the pieces.

Working out of mobile feeding unit bases, The Salvation Army is currently aiding residents in the towns of Wichita, Kansas; Creston, Iowa; Thurman, Iowa; and Woodward, Oklahoma.

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EDS Teams Deployed to Woodward, Oklahoma

Sunday, April 15, 2012
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The Salvation Army is responding to an outbreak of tornadoes that tore through the Midwest and Plains areas last night and early this morning. In Oklahoma, five lives were taken and at least 29 injuries were reported. The brunt of the storm’s force was felt in Woodward, OK where high winds damaged homes, toppled trees and destroyed power lines.

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150 Volunteers: 658 Bikes for Children in Need!

Monday, December 5, 2011
A volunteer from the Oklahoma Bicycle Society helps to assemble a bike for a Salvation Army Angel. Photo Courtesy of http://newsok.com/gallery/articleid/3629100/pictures/1579381

As part of The Salvation Army’s Angel Giving Tree program, more than 150 volunteers in Oklahoma City assembled a record 658 bikes for local children in need!

The ‘Bucks for Bikes’ program, which began in 2006 with just 44 bikes, raised $26,000 to purchase the bikes directly from Huffy’s California plant. What a great community of volunteers!

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Response Efforts to Deadly Tornadoes, Wildfires Across Southern US

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Salvation Army has been actively responding to disasters across the southern United States this weekend, following a large tornado outbreak in multiple states and wildfires.
Tornadoes
In Oklahoma, local Army units worked around the clock in Tushka, Oklahoma after a deadly tornado hit the area. They worked with the Red Cross and the Choctaw Nation to provide more than 1,000 sandwiches, 500 meals, 1,500 snacks, and dozens of cases of drinks to survivors and first responders. In addition, the Army helped deliver hardware such as tarp material, hammers, and nails.
Tornadoes also severely damaged Mississippi communities. Salvation Army personnel rotated between two sites in Jackson to ensure all survivors were served hot meals. They are currently assessing the damage and planning how to respond to people’s material needs.
At a twin tornadoes strike site in Virginia, the Army is offering emotional and spiritual care. In addition to serving hundreds of hot meals and bottled water, volunteers and staff have distributed 160 cleaning kits and hundreds of sealable storage containers to families who are cleaning their homes. The Salvation Army is also giving out gift cards to help people buy housing repair items.
Wildfires
The Salvation Army responded to 4 separate wildfire outbreaks in southwestern Oklahoma. Officers and volunteers worked into the early morning hours passing out more than 1,000 meals and drinks, as well as 150 hygiene kits. In Lawton, Oklahoma, The Salvation Army is coordinating with the American Red Cross to make sure all needs are met.
This comes less than a week after wildfires destroyed more than 200,000 acres across West Texas and ruined nearly 50 homes. The Salvation Army responded by serving nearly 1500 meals during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Movie Star Takes Five with Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

You’ve probably seen actor Bill Pullman in popular films such as Wyatt Earp, Independence Day, Spaceballs, Brokedown Palace or one of the many others in which he’s starred.

But most recently he’s been seen at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Oklahoma City.

While in town filming his next movie “Bringing Up Bobby,” Pullman happened to meet the club’s program director and was excited to receive an invitation to visit the boys and girls. Soon after, Pullman was standing in a Salvation Army gymnasium being peppered with questions about his acting career and other stars he knows.

It was an awesome time for the kids, but it seems like Pullman was just as eager to meet them!

Check out the video shot by local media outlet NewsOK to see a Pullman interact with The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club and talk about his latest acting venture.

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Salvation Army Responds to Oklahoma Tornadoes

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Salvation Army is responding to the tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma yesterday. Four fatalities have been reported in Central Oklahoma with 57 injuries, and nearly 37,000 homes are without power. Local authorities are assessing damage and conducting searches for survivors at this time. Searches are expected to continue through the night.

Within The Salvation Army’s Arkansas-Oklahoma Division, mobile feeding units (canteens) and individual officers are providing food and refreshments for first responders and others in the some of the hardest hit areas. An emotional and spiritual care team will also be deployed to support those affected by the storm’s fatalities.

For anyone who would like to help those affected by the tornadoes, please consider donating at www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate your contribution to “Oklahoma tornadoes.” Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by the storm.

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