The Altus Salvation Army Disaster Relief Services has been very busy since the winter storm hit the area over the holiday weekend. The storm has caused wind and ice damage, as well as widespread power outages.
On Sunday, Salvation Army opened a warming station and fed 35 people. Ben Walters of the Salvation Army said, “As long as there is a need, we will continue to provide daily meals.” The local Salvation Army also provides a regular Soup Kitchen on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at their 1100 N. Park Lane location. The kitchen is located in the back building.
The Salvation Army just finished up their annual Christmas campaign, so monetary donations are very important in continuing to provide a Soup Kitchen for those in need. Donations received will be used to help purchase food and supplies. Walters said that the estimated cost for regular weekly Soup Kitchen meals is about $400. It would be more, but they are blessed to have volunteers who assist with the cooking and serving of the meals.
Altus Salvation Army volunteers also helped our neighbors in nearby Hollis on Tuesday evening. Volunteers served 83 people a warm meal at the Hollis Civic Center. The meal included meat, vegetables, fruit and drinks. On Sunday the City of Hollis set up a warming station and an overnight shelter which was operated by the City of Hollis employees. The employees rotated around the clock to help families.
If you would like to make any type of donation to the Salvation Army or volunteer, please call 580-482-8577 or visit their office at 1100 North Main in Altus.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext. 2077