Salvation Army Relief Efforts Continue in Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands

September 29, 2017
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Salvation Army Relief Efforts Continue in Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands

San Juan - In one of the worst hurricane seasons in a decade, The Salvation Army is unwavering in its continued efforts to serve those affected by the storms. For Hurricane Irma and Maria, which obliterated much of Puerto Rico’s and the U.S. Virgin Islands’ infrastructure, The Salvation Army is working to meet the essential needs, and start on the path to recovery.

“The Salvation Army is determined to persevere through any challenge to meet our primary focus of service,” said Michael Orfitelli, Territorial Coordinator of Emergency Disaster Services. “We are grateful for the continued generosity of our donors and partners. These gifts provide food, supplies, and emotional and spiritual care to those affected by the devastating weather events.” 

Some key updates for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands are (as of 9.27.17):

  • In Puerto Rico
    • The Salvation Army is delivering an average of 16,000 meals per day in San Juan, Loiza, Fajardo, Humacao, Guayama, Ponce, Areciro, Mayaguez, Penuelas, and Caguas.
    • This totals nearly 267,000 meals and snacks since the impact of Hurricane Irma.
  • In St. Thomas
    • In St. Thomas, The Salvation Army has partnered with the Dutch Reform Church to serve almost 57,500 meals and snacks, along with delivering food, water, and supply boxes to the poorest communities on the Island. These resources are delivered to nursing homes, one skilled care facility, and shelters of the American Red Cross and Catholics Charities.
    • In St. Thomas, The Salvation Army is serving nearly 5,500 families daily.
  • In St. John
    • The Salvation Army is partnering with a local cafe to serve 1,000 families each day.
  • In St. Croix
    • The Salvation Army is serving nearly 1,000 families each day.

With a permanent footprint in the affected communities, The Salvation Army Disaster Services will continue to provide assistance until the need is met and beyond.

How People Can Help

Response efforts to this hurricane and flooding are expected be costly and last for years. The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation.

  • Online: helpsalvationarmy.org 
  • Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY 
  • Text to Give: STORM to 51555
  • Mail Checks: The Salvation Army  PO Box 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301  Please designate “Hurricane 2017” on all checks. 
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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