Kansas City, MO (April 29, 2014) The Salvation Army is opening a social services center in Baxter Springs, Kansas today to provide financial assistance to residents impacted by Sunday’s tornado.
Individuals may apply for aid for immediate needs such as food, personal care items, clothing and medicine at Trinity Worship Center, 225 E. 16th Street in Baxter Springs between 9 am and 5 pm. The Salvation Army will be offering on-site, direct assistance until further notice.
Meanwhile, two Salvation Army mobile feeding units (canteens) remain on the scene in Baxter Springs, providing food, snacks and beverages to first responders, clean-up crews and residents. One canteen is stationary at the Baxter Springs Fire Department and the other is roaming through the community. On Monday, 12 volunteers and staff members with The Salvation Army served 333 hot and cold meals, 131 drinks and 126 snacks to individuals in need in the community.
Sunday’s tornado in Baxter Springs destroyed more than 100 homes and businesses and injured 25 people. Salvation Army emergency disaster services (EDS) teams are also providing support and assistance to tornado-devastated areas of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa, Alabama and Mississippi.
How to Help
The best way to help The Salvation Army serve those affected by the Baxter Springs, Kansas tornado is to make a monetary contribution.
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY [1-800-725-2769]
To donate via mail, please send your check, designated “Baxter Springs Tornado” to:
THE SALVATION ARMY
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.
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.