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Faithe Colas, Community Relations Director
The Salvation Army USA National Fact Sheet #4
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Salvation Army feeding and
service operations continue in response to Hurricane Sandy.
· The most heavily impacted
areas including New York and New Jersey where coastal devastation and flooding
remain major issues.
In coordination with volunteer and other partner organizations, The Salvation
Army has helped provide hundreds of thousands of meals and drinks to impacted
partners including the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball
Association (NBA), the Oakland A’s (MLB) Community Fund, and Eli Lilly
have provided support to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in the wake
of Hurricane Sandy.
Current Salvation Army activities in the
most heavily impacted areas include the following.
In New Jersey:
· The Salvation
Army is providing life sustaining services to hundreds of first responders and
survivors at 15 shelters.
· To date, The Salvation
Army of New Jersey has provided:
· More than 32,000 meals,
including breakfast, lunch and dinner
· 27,000 snacks
· More than 27,000 bottles
· Countless cups
of coffee for first responders and shelter residents
· More than 1,060 changes of
· Hundreds of
hours of emotional and spiritual care to comfort shelter residents
· The Salvation Army is
providing support to first responders in Freehold.
· The Salvation Army’s
Emergency Men’s Shelter in Perth Amboy will be adding additional beds to
support the increased need for shelter.
· In Atlantic County, The
Salvation Army has provided 3 meals a day as well as clothing at a special
medical needs emergency shelter.
· The Salvation Army is now
providing feeding at a shelter in Hunterdon County.
· The Salvation Army
provided more than 240 people with meals, diapers, wipes, emotional and
spiritual care at a shelter set up in Teterboro.
· Feeding is taking place at
The Salvation Army in East Orange.
· The Salvation Army of
Western Pennsylvania has deployed a canteen to New Jersey to help support in
Emergency Disaster Relief.
In New York City:
· The Salvation Army, as the
lead agency for the City’s Food Access Plan, is working with a broad
coalition of partners from across the city under the oversight of the Office of
Emergency Management (OEM), in coordinating the distribution of badly needed
water and food supplies to 14 sites in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten
· The effort
brought together resources from several members of the Volunteer Organizations
Active in Disasters (VOAD) including the American Red Cross, as well as the
City Council, the NYPD, the National Guard and dozens of volunteers from across
New York City.
· With the
assistance of 400 National Guard troops, service sites were established in
public parks and playgrounds in the hardest hit areas. During the course of the
day, more than 600,000 bottles of water and nearly 300,000 packaged meals were
distributed to approximately 100,000 local residents. In addition, meals
were delivered to the apartments and homes of shut-in residents in these areas.
· Distribution Centers
will be open on Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd from
1:00-5:00pm. (Hours will be determined as needed for the coming week.)
· The distribution center
o Parking Lot –
Corner of Mill Road & New Dorp Lane
o Empty Lot – Corner of
Yetman & Ylon Boulevard
o Conch Playground – 51st
Street & Rockaway Beach Boulevard
o Hammel Playground – 84th
Street & Rockaway Beach Boulevard
o Red Fern House Playground –
Redfern Avenue & Beach 12th Street
o Hallets Cove – Vernon Blvd.
& 30th Road
o Coney Island – Surf Island
Playground – West 25th Street & Surf Avenue
o Red Hook – Coffey Park
– 85 Richards Street
o Chelsea Park: West
27th Street, between 9th and 10thAvenues
o Lower East Side: Vladic
Playground – East 10th Street, between C & D Avenues
o Lower East Side: Al Smith
Playground - Catherine Street, between Cherry & Monroe Streets
o Lower East Side: Hamilton Fish
Playground – Pitt Street & East Houston Street
o Grand Street Settlement Houses
– 413 Grand Street
Confucius Plaza on Division Street
o For the next
few days The Salvation Army will also be serving food at Seward High School in
lower Manhattan where 1,000 people are being fed breakfast, lunch and
In Maryland and West Virginia:
· The Salvation Army is
continuing to wind down services in Western Maryland and West Virginia where
more than two feet of snow have left thousands without power.
· In Grafton, WV, The
Salvation Army has fed more than 850 people and provided hundreds of to-go
boxes of food to emergency personnel and community members without power. The
Salvation Army has also provided warm blankets, gloves and toboggans to people
in Grafton, The Salvation Army purchased needed items for families staying in
shelters with donated gift cards from Walmart, and other donations have come in
from small businesses in the area as well as Dominos and KFC.
· The Salvation Army
maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply warehousesacross the United
States to enable speedy mobilization.
· There are more than 300
emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United States alone and
nearly 600 units nationwide.
· These units are able to
serve thousands of meals and drinks per day when operating at full capacity.
· In addition to food,
hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also
prepared to provide:
containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and
personnel move into the areas of greatest need.
· The Salvation Army is
extremely gratified for the continued support of the donating public.
· To date, the Army has
received nearly $1.7 million in online donations alone to support relief
efforts, and more than $122,000 through 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
· Donors are encouraged to
give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY
can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation
through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word
Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster
service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not
all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
· 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.
· Corporations, foundations
and others interested in donating to The Salvation Army response effort should
contact Janella Eccleston at Janella.Eccleston@usc.salvationarmy.org or 845-620-7730.
Your donations make a real 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
· 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 Salvation Army is one of the nation’s largest providers of
disaster service and responds to hundreds of disasters across the country each
· Hurricane Katrina
(August 2005): The Salvation Army provided more than 5.6 million meals to
survivors and first responders of Hurricane Katrina, and 2.5 million people
were assisted with emergency food, casework, emotional and spiritual care.
· Haitian Earthquake
(January 2010): The Salvation Army packaged and delivered more than 10 million
meals to Haiti, and more than 27,000 survivorswere treated at Salvation Army
medical facilities. Additionally, The Salvation Army distributed approximately
8,000 hygiene kits.
U.S. Tornado Outbreak (April & May 2011): The Salvation Army served nearly
one million meals and distributed 50,000 hygiene kits, and more than 10,000
people received emotional and spiritual care.
Major George Hood, National Community Relations
& Development Secretary
· “We understand that
this will be a long-term response and recovery effort, and we will be there
every step of the way for those in need, but we would not be able to do what we
do if it were not for the generosity of the American public and our
“Our response to this storm is critically dependent upon the generosity
of the American public and the corporate and private donors who choose to
support us. We thank them for their generosity and pray that we will be able to
meet all the widespread needs.”
Captain Aaron Goldfarb, Area
Commander Charleston, WV
· “The Salvation Army
will stay open as long as people are without power.”
About The Salvation Army
Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in
London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without
discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million
Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the
broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the
hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to
the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for
underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is
used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more
information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your
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