Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Salvation Army Assists Hundreds of People in Tornado-Damaged Baxter Springs, Kansas

KANSAS CITY, MO. – Five days after a tornado tore through Baxter Springs, Kansas, The Salvation Army continues to provide essential aid to residents directly impacted by the disaster.

As of today, Salvation Army caseworkers have offered financial assistance to 118 people, providing nearly $12,000 in aid to help individuals obtain immediate necessities, including clothing, food, personal care items and medicine.

On Thursday, the organization relocated its social services office from Trinity Worship Center to the Multi-Agency Resource Center, located at the Baxter Springs High School, 100 N. Military. Individuals may apply for assistance between 9 am and 5 pm until further notice.

The Salvation Army is also continuing its mass feeding operations in Baxter Springs. To date, the organization has served more than 900 meals, 1,400 drinks and 1,180 snacks to residents and others assisting with clean-up operations 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.


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:

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