The Salvation Army Responds to Devastating Destruction in the Philippines
Immediate and long-term efforts in place for relief and recovery
Alexandria, VA (November 10, 2013) – The Salvation Army is providing food, shelter, water, and emotional and spiritual care to survivors of typhoon Haiyan. Classified as a category 5 typhoon, the death toll from the storm could be as high as 10,000. Since 1898, The Salvation Army has served the people of the Philippines, including during times of disaster. Emergency Disaster Service teams have been providing essentials to those affected by the typhoon since the storm hit Friday.
“The Salvation Army is on the ground serving the immediate needs of survivors,” said Major Ron Busroe, The Salvation Army’s National Community Relations and Development Secretary. “Donations from the generous public will help provide basic necessities that survivors desperately need right now. But the effects of this tragedy will be felt for months – even years. We know that emotional and spiritual counseling is equally important for survivors to deal with the gravity of the situation.”
With more than 75 offices throughout the country, volunteers and staff are well prepared to service the immediate and long-term needs of those impacted by natural disasters, including recent floods in Manilla.
Monetary donations are the most critical need for survivors. The Salvation Army has set up a designated fund where 100 percent of gifts go to Haiyan relief efforts. To give, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org 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.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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 spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.