Salvation Army Focuses on Feeding and Shelter as Sandy Response Continues

The Salvation Army continues its feeding and sheltering activities in the most heavily impacted areas including New York and New Jersey where coastal devastation and flooding remain major issues. West Virginia and Maryland are facing a different kind of disaster with record snowfalls leaving thousands without power.

Here are the latest updates:

  • New Jersey: The Salvation Army is serving hundreds of people at shelters throughout the state. This includes service in Atlantic and Hunterdon Counties. Starting today, The Salvation Army is also providing food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to first responders in Freehold, NJ. A Salvation Army mobile feeding unit (canteen) has also deployed from Western Pennsylvania to support efforts in the state.
  • New York City: Officials from the Office of Emergency Management have appointed The Salvation Army as the lead agency for the City’s Food Access Plan, to coordinate efforts ensuring access to food for city residents. For the next few days The Salvation Army will be serving food at Seward High School in lower Manhattan where 1,000 people are being fed breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Maryland and West Virginia: The Salvation Army is serving in portions of Western Maryland and West Virginia where more than two feet of snow have left thousands without power in frigid temperatures. In Cumberland, MD, The Salvation Army worked with the National Guard to help 100 senior citizens evacuate from a local senior home, providing 125 meals for the trip to a nearby shelter. The Salvation Army is also running shelter and feeding operations throughout West Virginia at multiple locations in Charleston, Beckley, Grafton, Bluefield and Martinsburg, WV
  • Northeast Ohio: The Salvation Army has partnered with the American Red Cross to provide meals at 3 shelters.
  • The Salvation Army is serving meals and drinks from canteens in several coastal communities in Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia.
  • Nashua, NH: The Salvation Army provided meals to personnel at the Emergency Operations Center and also delivered clean-up kits to the Hampton, NH area.
  • Bridgeport, CT: The Salvation Army is feeding 450 seniors three separate sites.

The Salvation Army is so thankful for the nearly $700,000 received in online donations so far for our disaster relief efforts. If you would like to help those affected by this disaster, you can donate in the following ways:

  • Online: Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org
  • By Phone:  1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • Text-to-Give: Text the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”*
  • By Mail: Checks may be designated and made out to: The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301.

At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825). Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

*A one-time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.

7 Comments on “Salvation Army Focuses on Feeding and Shelter as Sandy Response Continues

  1. My whole community wants to rally together and send care packages, food, clothes, anything we can to help relieve hurricane victims. We don’t know where to send our packages, though. Can someone please tell me how to send our packages? My email is misscupcake47868@yahoo.com. Thanks so much and God bless.

  2. My prayers are with all of you for the great work you do. May God be at your side to keep you focused and give you strength.

  3. Hi, I am running (hopefully) the NYC marathon this weekend. I am traveling from Texas to run and would to like to encourage my friends and family to support recovery efforts by raising money through my run. Is there someone on your team I can speak with about collecting group donations? Thank you!

  4. Hi, Liz- For Hurricane Sandy relief specifically, there are a variety of ways that you can encourage your friends and family to donate:

    Online: Visit http://www.salvationarmyusa.org
    By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
    Text-to-Give: Text the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”*
    By Mail: Checks may be designated and made out to:
    The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center
    PO BOX 1959
    Atlanta, GA 30301.

    Also, The Salvation Army’s Online Red Kettle website allows you to start your own personal kettle and solicit donations from friends and family via email and social media. Visit http://www.OnlineRedKettle.org to learn more.

    We can’t thank you enough for your generous and thoughtful support. Best of luck with the marathon!

  5. Hi, Shelby – we are so thankful for you and your community’s wonderful, generous support of those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations since these allow the organization to meet the often unique, material, financial, and physical needs of disaster survivors. There are a few ways in which you guys can send donations:

    Online: Visit http://www.salvationarmyusa.org
    By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
    Text-to-Give: Text the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”*
    By Mail: Checks may be designated and made out to:
    The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center
    PO BOX 1959
    Atlanta, GA 30301.

    At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825). Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

    Thank you again for your great support!

  6. How can my fellow culinary school classmates and I help cook hot meals for people who need them, any idea how to get involved on that end?

  7. Hi, Amy- what a wonderful gesture! Please reach out to your local Salvation Army with this question.

    Right now, The Salvation Army is accepting financial contributions in support of Hurricane Sandy survivors. This allows us to meet the unique material and physical needs of survivors along the coast, since needs often vary by location and resources available. If you would like to help those impacted by this storm, please visit: http://www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. You can also text the word STORM to 80888 to make a quick $10 donation. Click here to learn more.

    Many thanks again for your thoughtful support.

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