During the recent blizzard that affected much of Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas, The Salvation Army was busy with warming centers and sheltering. Now, the entire division that includes Arkansas and Oklahoma are preparing for another major winter storm. There is a large swatch of the storm expected to delivery 4 – 8 inches of snow in much of Oklahoma and into Arkansas.
Across the division, warming centers have their doors open and shelters remain stocked and ready to handle additional guests.
During the last winter storm that began on January 31 and heavily affected the area until February 3, the following was reported (these numbers could go higher once all reports are in):
*6,143 meals served
- 1,877 nights of lodging provided
- 1,648 drinks served
- 680 snacks served
- Multiple blankets, articles of clothing, and personal comfort kits provided
As a result of the storm, many shelters are in need of bulk food items, as well as coats, gloves, and blankets. Monetary donations are welcome and can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at www.salvationarmyusa.org.
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.