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.