The Salvation Army Deployed Throughout the East Coast in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy made landfall officially on Monday, slamming into the southern parts of New Jersey and wreaking havoc throughout a 13 state radius along the East Coast. Places like New York have reported more than 3 feet of standing water in the streets. Fires have decimated residential areas and it’s estimated that more than 7 million victims are without power, many of whom are left to shiver in the cold without heat.

Starting in North Carolina and stretching as far north as Maine, The Salvation Army has been working tirelessly since early Saturday to support evacuees at a multitude of shelters throughout the East Coast. Armed with food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army works in coordination with emergency management officials to aid the victims of this terrible storm. There have been early reports of shelters serving more than 300 people a day.

UPDATE 10/31: With the passing of Superstorm Sandy, The Salvation Army is continuing to service victims throughout New Jersey and New York. As an example, one high school in lower Manhattan has been serving roughly 1,000 victims breakfast, lunch and dinner since late Monday. Damage assessment began Tuesday and Salvation Army personnel shifted to areas of greater need.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).  Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these gifts are vitally important in 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).

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & 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 TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs. or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation 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.