From the Caribbean to Maine: Salvation Army Aids Thousands

Major Rick Raymer, The Salvation Army chief Carolinas spokesperson, reports this morning from Morehead City, NC about the effects of Hurricane Irene.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene’s landfall in North Carolina and Virginia Saturday, we remain committed to providing basic services to evacuees across the region. The Salvation Army is currently providing 15 states from the Carolinas to Maine with food, shelter, supplies, and counseling.

“With more than 2.5 million people under evacuation orders The Salvation Army remains committed 24/7 to providing those impacted with the basic services they need to get through this difficult period”, said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in the U.S.

In the Carolinas, nearly 11,000 meals, snacks and drinks have been served to evacuees in Greenville, Washington, Elizabeth City and Morehead City. Thousands of North Carolina residents fled to Salvation Army shelters across the region.

You can check out our North Carolina relief photos here.

As the storm moved north to Norfolk, VA, 250 evacuees who took shelter at The Salvation Army were provided with lodging, meals and snacks. Along with spiritual and emotional care, 2,000 meals and drinks have been served. In Hampton Roads, VA, The Salvation Army has three mobile feeding canteens providing meals, clean-up kits and spiritual care.

In the Caribbean and Bahamas, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service Team continues to help evacuees cope with the damage that was done earlier in the week. Among other efforts, The Salvation Army response units in the U.S. Virgin Isles and Puerto Rico have provided gift cards to those impacted by the storm for the purpose of buying food, clothes and supplies.

The storm continues to move northeast and The Salvation Army in those locations stand by to assess the damage and appropriately address the needs of those impacted by the disaster. We remain cautiously optimistic that this storm is losing steam. More than 4.5 million across the eastern seaboard lost power with thousands still in the dark. 15,000 meals have been served to first responders and evacuees in New Jersey.

We couldn’t provide any of this relief without your help.

The most critical need right now is for monetary donations. Here’s how your generosity helps:

$10: Will feed a disaster survivor for one day.
$30: Provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
$100: Provides snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
$250: Provides one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
$500: Keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

These can be made online at by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Or, simply text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone.

If you’d like to mail a check, please designate the donation as “2011 Hurricane Season” and send to:

Disaster Gift Processing Center
PO Box 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301

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