Bloomington Salvation Army volunteer heads to Oklahoma

By WEEK Producer

May 29, 2013 Updated May 29, 2013 at 9:47 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Salvation Army employees and volunteers have worked nearly 8,000 hours helping the thousands of families in Moore, Oklahoma affected by the tornado last week.

Up until this point, the local Salvation Army has focused on monetary donations as its main source of service but now's the time to take further action.

Mike Levine is the first Central Illinois Salvation Army volunteer to get deployed to Oklahoma. He got the call Wednesday morning and will begin working for up to two weeks, starting Wednesday night.

Levine is a retired firefighter and says his experience will help him oversee operations and personnel during his first major disaster relief assignment.

"Try to help the people of Moore, Oklahoma to put everything back together and, from what I understand, they are very determined people. They will do that, as long as we're able to give them the support," said Levine.

This is Levine's first year as a Salvation Army volunteer. The organization is looking for more volunteers. For more information, head to

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