The Salvation Army Meeting Most Urgent Needs in Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands

October 16, 2017
Sarah Weiss |

The Salvation Army Meeting Most Urgent Needs in Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands

San Juan - The Salvation Army determinedly continues to transport resources to devastated areas of Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands, impacted by one of the worst hurricane seasons in a decade. Each day, new partners of The Salvation Army step-in to assist the relief effort, providing key resources that meet the needs of survivors. We are grateful to our partners for the following:

  • NBA player, Carmelo Anthony, sponsored the delivery of 100 pallets of food and water for The Salvation Army’s distribution
  • Coca-Cola provided 2 containers for which The Salvation Army could transport resources and supplies
  • Feed The Children provided 450,000 meals for The Salvation Army’s local distribution
  • FedEx, UPS, and JB Hunt have provided charitable shipping utilized during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
  • CVS provided more than 30 pallets of water and 5 pallets of snacks for The Salvation Army’s distribution
  • Stop & Shop donated $25,000 to The Salvation Army’s 2017 Hurricanes’ relief fund
  • American Airlines provided 25 flights for disaster staff/volunteer deployments, of which were donated or heavily discounted

“The Salvation Army is truly blessed to have friends and partners that are essential members of the disaster team,” said Michael Orfitelli, Eastern Territorial Coordinator of Emergency Disaster Services. “The donations we receive from our corporate partners are life-forces to the dire need. We are truly grateful for their support.” 

Some key updates for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands are (as of 10/13):

  • The Salvation Army has a valuable presence in San Juan, Loíza, Fajardo, Humacao, Guayama, Ponce, Arecibo, Mayagüez, Bayamón, Peñuelas, Caguas, St. Thomas, and St. Croix serving meals, water, additional resources, and emotional/spiritual care.
  • In total, over 1,000,000 meals, drinks, and snacks have been distributed to those in need since the impact of Hurricane Maria.
  • The Salvation Army has distributed almost 26,000 articles of clothing to individuals and families in need affected by Hurricane Maria.

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 to be costly, and will last for years.  The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation.


Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY 

Text to Give: STORM to 51555

Mail Checks to:  The Salvation Army  PO Box 1959  Atlanta, GA 30301 Please designate “Hurricane Season 2017” on all checks.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

Our Mission

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
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