From The Salvation Army:
On June 8, three members of The DART Team, The Salvation Army Lubbock Corps' Disaster Alert Response Team, left for Moore, OK for two weeks to assist in the recovery efforts of recent tornadoes and flooding. Crew Chief Rudy Zapata, volunteers Sylvia Padilla and Karl Craig took The Salvation Army Lubbock's disaster canteen and ATV (Mule) into the affected areas. The team was assigned duties in Moore and El Reno, OK, providing meals and support to victims of the tornadoes. The Lubbock team replaced a crew that had been working 24 hrs a day in shifts and had, on just one canteen, prepared and served over 45,000 hamburgers in the immediate aftermath of the tornado. Dave Freriks and Doug Triplett were the second team sent to Oklahoma to relieve a member of the first team.
The Lubbock team, in the two weeks they were in Oklahoma, served over 1000 meals, 1800 snacks, hundreds of bottles of Gatorade and water, as well as providing comfort to many. The Lubbock canteen was the only unit with an ATV (Mule) and was the only unit assigned to roam the tornadoes' path providing support to victims, volunteers, and others. Sylvia Padilla, a volunteer, touched many hearts of the victims and other responders as she was praised for her cheerful attitude, high spirit, compassion, and willingness to help. A Territorial representative of The Salvation Army went with Sylvia on her rounds and said it was the most rewarding time he had ever spent in a disaster. On the last day, Sylvia was driving around a large area serving volunteers by mostly helping to clean up the destruction and saw a lady standing on a house slab holding a rose bush. Sylvia went to the lady, put her arm around her and consoled her. The lady said this had been her family home for years and that her husband, who had survived the storm, had just planted the rose bush and she was going to replant it at their new home. She and Sylvia shared a tear and the hug Sylvia gave the woman likely helped them both.
"The last day in Oklahoma we were parked in the parking lot of the school, Plaza Towers, where many of the children lost their lives. The fence had become a memorial and a Lubbock DART Team vest was attached to the fence along with many others to show we were there and supported them." said Dave Freriks, DART Team Director, "It was hot but rewarding to our team."
Montetary donations for victims of disasters can be made:
-By mail: P.O. Box 2785 Lubbock, Texas 79408
-In person: 1111 16th Street Lubbock, Texas 79401
-Oklahoma Tornado Relief: The Salvation Army P.O. Box 12600 Oklahoma City, OK 73157