Released 3 May 2010
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Oklahoma City: Emergency Disaster Service teams are actively responding to severe tornado activity in areas of Arkansas. One mobile feeding unit from Central Arkansas Area Command is responding to East End, a community south of Little Rock where several homes were damages and the fire station was destroyed.
On Saturday, over 300 persons were provided lunch and dinner. Sunday meal service will include breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Salvation Army provided emotional and spiritual care to over 20 individuals on Saturday. Kathy Barbiere is serving as the Public Information Officer for Central Arkansas and Major Harvey Johnson is the Incident Commander.
On Saturday evening, storms rolled thru several of the areas affected by the Friday night tornadoes hampering efforts to help those in need. The Pine Bluff Canteen is en route to Scotland, AR where there were three fatalities, 25 severely injured and a great deal of damage incurred in the community. The mobile feeding unit will also be working with the Cleveland community in Conway County.
On Saturday evening, while preparing the Pine Bluff mobile feeding unit for services on Sunday, some mechanical problems arose causing the unit to not be mobile. On Sunday morning, Captain Ben Walters called a local towing service. When the owner asked what The Salvation Army was doing, he sent a mechanic who checked out the vehicle, went and purchased parts, and fixed the vehicle so it could roll out on time this morning. When Captain Walters asked for an invoice, the response was “Thank you for what you are doing. There will be no charge.” A small testimonial to the work of the Army and the relationships built in the community.
Salvation Army personnel are working with State emergency management officials and other VOAD agencies to coordinate services and provide ongoing assistance to residents in both Arkansas and Oklahoma in need of ongoing aid due to current and pending weather conditions.
Monetary donations are welcome and can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Updates will be provided as additional information is forthcoming.
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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Submitted by Cindy Fuller, The Salvation Army, Arkansas/Oklahoma Divisional Marketing and Public Relations Director, E-mail: Cindy_Fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org
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