May 22, 2013
by Will Hale
Having lost everything in the Moore, Oklahoma tornado on Monday, the woman in the above photo along with her husband and child had only the clothes on their backs. Major Steve Morris of The Salvation Army counseled and prayed with the family and coordinated material assistance to help them get back on their feet.
Since Monday’s devastating storm, The Salvation Army has been helping families and individuals like this with food, hydration, and other basic needs, in addition to spiritual and emotional counseling.
The ministry of The Salvation Army is a unique part of our Emergency Disaster Services (EDS), but is oftentimes the service that provides the most comfort to disaster survivors. In an effort to better meet the emotional needs of Moore residents, an additional 14 Salvation Army officers from Florida traveled to Oklahoma to assist the Emotional and Spiritual Personnel already serving on the ground.
Working with partner organizations like the Southern Baptist Association and the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army in Oklahoma and Arkansas has been preparing and distributing meals and snacks to those affected by the tornado. EDS crews are also prepared to provide clean-up kits, hygiene kits, shower units and first-aid supplies, among other material assistance, to Oklahoma residents in need.
“The Salvation Army is grateful for the continued support of the American people as we work to serve all of those impacted by this tragedy,” said Major Ron Busroe, National Community Relations & Development Secretary.