Salvation Army in The Philippines Ready and Waiting to Head to Typhoon Disaster Site

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A Salvation Army officer surveys the wreckage in Antique province

The following information was provided by The Salvation Army International Headquarters.

The Salvation Army in The Philippines is ready to assist the many thousands of people affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Territorial Commander Colonel Wayne Maxwell told International Headquarters representatives that Salvation Army teams are currently preparing to support the relief effort in the worst-hit areas and are addressing the logistics challenges of their travel and of the transportation of supplies.

The little contact that has been made has highlighted the scarcity of food and drinking water – and these are areas of ongoing concern. “Salvation Army corps in the areas most affected – such as Leyte and the Visayas Islands – have fully distributed all available food from their welfare supplies and are keenly awaiting the arrival of food, water and medicine,” said Maxwell.

Colonel Wayne Maxwell, Lt. Colonel Alex Genabe Secretary for Program, and Major Reynaldo Magat at the warehouse.

On Leyte, the island that bore the brunt of the typhoon, there is no power and only very poor, intermittent cell phone capability, meaning that it is very difficult to get a clear picture of what is happening on the ground. The little contact that has been made has highlighted the scarcity of food and drinking water – and these are areas of ongoing concern.

In some areas that have suffered damage but not received media coverage, Salvation Army personnel are already helping people who have lost homes and possessions.

Maxwell and other Salvationists of The Philippines are hugely grateful for the strong support they have received from around the world.

Monetary donations are the most critical need for survivors. To give, visit  https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/TyphoonHaiyan or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donations of 10 dollars can also be made via mobile phone by texting “TYPHOON” to 80888 and replying “YES.”*

Check donations to Salvation Army World Service Office (designate “Typhoon Haiyan”) can be mailed to:

Salvation Army World Service Office

International Relief Fund

P.O. Box 418558

Boston, MA 02241-8558

In-kind donations are not being accepted.

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and data rates may apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating, you certify that you are 18 years or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. **Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.**