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The Salvation Army Continues to Serve Puerto Rico & the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria




The Salvation Army is unwavering in its continued efforts to serve those affected by one of the worst hurricane seasons in a decade. For Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, whose infrastructures were obliterated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, The Salvation Army is working to meet the essential needs and start on the path to recovery.

“The Salvation Army is committed to serving those desperate for resources,” 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 in Puerto Rico & the U.S. Virgin Islands are:


In Puerto Rico
  • The Salvation Army is delivering an average of 14,000 meals per day in San Juan, Loiza, Fajardo, Humacao, Guayama, Ponce, Areciro, Mayaguez, Penuelas and Caguas.
  • This totals nearly 129,000 meals and snacks since the impact of Hurricane Irma.
In St. Thomas
  • The Salvation Army has partnered with the Dutch Reform Church to serve over 42,000 meals and snacks, along with delivering food, water and supply boxes to the poorest communities on the Island.
  • The Salvation Army is serving nearly 3,500 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 800 families each day.

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

Response efforts to the hurricanes are expected to be costly and last for years. The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation. To contribute to The Salvation Army’s hurricane disaster relief efforts, visit www.helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, text STORM to 51555, or mail a check (please designate “Hurricane 2017” on all checks) to The Salvation Army Western Divisional Headquarters, 10755 Burt St., Omaha, NE 68114.

Volunteers
Volunteers are needed. The Salvation Army in Omaha will provide the required training. Call the volunteer department at 402-898-6000.
For the latest information on relief efforts, please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates at www.facebook.com/SalArmyEDS and www.twitter.com/SalArmyEDS.