Salvation Army Continues to Serve Sandy Survivors With Help From Feed the Children

Feed the Children, one of the largest international charities with a mission to provide hope and resources for those without life’s essentials, made a valuable donation of food, drinks, diapers and cleaning supplies – an estimated value of over $66,000 – to The Salvation Army for our Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York. We are so thankful for the organization’s incredible support. The donation will be distributed to families in need throughout New York and New Jersey.

Since late October, approximately 7,500 volunteers have worked side-by-side with The Salvation Army in serving Hurricane Sandy survivors, work crews and first responders with meals, material and financial aid, and long term recovery assistance.

In New York, The Salvation Army continues to provide clothing and furniture vouchers, financial assistance, travel cards, emotional and spiritual care, and information and referral services in the NYC Restoration Centers and the Long Island Disaster Assistance Centers.

A partnership among The Salvation Army, NYC Restore (Mayor’s office), National Guard, NYPD, and NYC Service, distributed two million ready-to-eat meals (MREs) and 700,000 bottles of water in 17 locations throughout NYC. The Salvation Army provided over 40,000 low sodium, vegetarian, and Kosher meals for the evacuees housed in all eight special needs shelters scattered throughout New York City.

Until the end of February, The Salvation Army will continue to assist the Multi-Agency Shelter Transition Task Force led by FEMA by interviewing the 2,200 families that remain in shelters and transitional housing throughout New York City and Long Island and ensuring that the affected families complete the next step in their recovery plan.

In New Jersey, The Salvation Army is supporting survivors and families in the transition to returning home by meeting physical needs and offering emotional care through a new helpline  (1-888-247-0100). In addition to everyday services, The Salvation Army is also addressing long-term and unmet needs by working with local and statewide community partners to ensure that safety nets are in place for those continuing to struggle.

Volunteers continue to assess needs, which may include cash cards, food boxes, referrals to other agencies or distributing in-kind donations from clothing to household goods.

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Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). 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.

Here’s how your donation makes a difference:

• A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
• A $30 donation 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.
• A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
• A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
• A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

The above updates are courtesy of The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) website found at: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org