Nashville Salvation Army activates volunteers on standby for tornado relief in Olkahoma

Our thoughts, prayers and concerns go to everyone in Oklahoma.

Volunteers from the Salvation Army, Nashville Area Command took a mobile feeding unit to offer support to Salvation Army personnel in Moore, Oklahoma and communities around the Oklahoma City area. The primary role of volunteers from the Nashville Area Command was to accompany emotional and spiritual care personnel around the impacted area assisting with beverage and food distribution to those affected by the tornado.

“There is no reward equal to that of doing the most good to the most people in the most need,” said Evangeline Booth in 1919 (first female Salvation Army General and daughter of founder William Booth). This quote is the lifeline for the Salvation Army. The Nashville Area Command will remain in the Moore, Oklahoma area for as long as needed by the Arkansas-Oklahoma division of The Salvation Army. Food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care and other supplies are being provided to residents of the heavily impacted areas. The Salvation Army will continue to provide relief services for tornado survivors indefinitely. Recent additional tornadoes in El Reno, Oklahoma have proven the need for the additional help.

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need.

• Donors are encouraged to give online at <www.SalvationArmyUSA.org> or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

• You can also text the word ‘STORM’ to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone. To confirm your gift, respond with the word ‘Yes.’*

• Checks may be made out to: The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 2536, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73102. Please designate ‘Oklahoma May Tornadoes’ on all checks.  Your donations make a real difference.

• 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 (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

• Those interested in volunteering should register at <www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org>. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.

• Visit <www.Serve Moore.com> or call 866-484-3500. It is a coordinated volunteer effort.

For the latest updates on The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster, there are many options to follow:

• <http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/>

• <http://www.salvationarmyaok.org/>

• <http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/>

• <http://www.salvationarmytoday.org/>

• <http://www.youtube. com/salarmyeds>

• <http://salvationarmytoday.org/>

The Salvation Army, a faith-based nonprofit serving Nashville since 1890, extends a resourceful hand of assistance to families in greatest need, so that they may lift themselves from crisis to stability and independence. The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.