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THE SALVATION ARMY RESPONDS TO TORNADO IN BAXTER SPRINGS, KANSAS

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Released 28 April 2014

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

THE SALVATION ARMY RESPONDS TO TORNADO IN BAXTER SPRINGS, KANSAS

Kansas City, MO (April 28, 2014) The Salvation Army is providing support to residents of Baxter Springs, Kansas today in the aftermath of a tornado that damaged much of the community Sunday.

Two Salvation Army mobile feeding units (canteens) are on-site in Baxter Springs, providing food, snacks and beverages to first responders, clean-up crews and residents Each canteen is carrying a team of trained emergency disaster services personnel and is capable of serving more than 2,000 people per day. The Salvation Army is also providing spiritual and emotional care to tornado survivors in the community.

Beginning Tuesday, April 29, Baxter Springs residents impacted by the tornado may apply to The Salvation Army for direct financial assistance for immediate aid including food, shelter, personal care items and medicine. The Salvation Army will be providing social services at Trinity Worship Center, 225 E. 16th Street in Baxter Springs.

More than 90 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed in Sunday’s tornado in Baxter Springs and at least 25 people were injured.

How to Help

The best way to help The Salvation Army serve those affected by the tornado is to make a monetary contribution.

  • By Phone: Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY [1-800-725-2769] 
  • By Mail: To donate via mail, please send your check, designated "Baxter Springs Tornado" to: 
    THE SALVATION ARMY 
    3637 Broadway 
    Kansas City, MO 64111

Donations of Household Good and Clothing:

Due to the emergency situation, The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual donations of household goods or clothing (gifts-in-kind) will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. PLEASE continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store. You will help your community and help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 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. Nationally, approximately 84 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.SAmilwaukee.org.

 


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