FAQ About Supporting The Salvation Army’s Tornado Relief Efforts

We’ve received tons of feedback from people across the US wanting to get involved with The Salvation Army’s tornado relief efforts. Thank you for your desire to help those in need! Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about how you can show your support.

1. How do I donate to The Salvation Army’s ongoing relief efforts?

The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.  You can donate several ways:

(In all cases, please designate your gift “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.”)

  • Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org and click on the red “Donate Now” button in the top right corner. (In the donation form, designate to tornado relief in the ‘Specific Use’ field.)
  • Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
  • Text “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Please confirm when prompted with “Yes.”
  • Send a check to:

The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
P.O. Box 100339
Atlanta, GA 30384-0339

2. Can I volunteer with The Salvation Army in tornado affected communities?

Volunteer opportunities and need vary by local community.

If you live within areas affected by the recent tornadoes, please contact your local Salvation Army to see if they are in need of volunteers to serve. You can find their contact information by typing in your zip code in the ‘Search’ bar in the upper right hand corner of our national website at www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Salvation Army units are currently not recruiting volunteers from outside the disaster area. However, you can register as a volunteer should future opportunities arise. You may do this at www.disaster.salvationarmy.org or click the direct link here.

3. Are you accepting gifts in-kind, like clothes or canned food, for tornado survivors?

If you live in disaster- devastated regions, before beginning an in-kind donation drive, contact your local Salvation Army to confirm the need (see answer #2 for finding contact information). Get precise information about what products are needed. Used clothing, furniture and motor vehicles are usually not needed during a disaster response. In-kind gifts are often discouraged since shipping costs and arrangements, transportation logistics, and sorting/packing of goods can consume more time, manpower, and money than are available to a local organization.

In addition, communities hit by a disaster can be quickly overwhelmed by well-intentioned but uncoordinated shipments of donated goods and often do not have the resources to dispose of unneeded product. For these reasons we request you speak with your local Salvation Army first or consider making a financial donation, which is efficient and immediate in serving disaster-stuck areas. For more information on this subject, click here.

The Salvation Army is not at this time collecting in-kind gifts outside of the disaster area. However, your gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider donating these items to support The Salvation Army within your local community.