The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory is preparing to respond en masse to Hurricane Matthew. The storm is expected to become an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane and should approach and hit Florida Friday and continue on to impact the Carolinas through Sunday.
Long-term forecasts show that Matthew will swirl in the Atlantic after Sunday and it is possible that the storm will trek back to the west next week, most likely making a second landfall on the east coast of the U.S. Damage is likely to be severe over very densely populated portions of the U.S. coast. Extensive evacuations are well underway in multiple states.
How you can help
The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice. Cash is flexible, can be used immediately in response to a crisis, and allows disaster relief organizations to purchase exactly what is needed, when it’s needed. Cash gives relief organizations the means to procure supplies near the affected area, which cuts down on transportation time and cost. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.
To make a financial gift to The Salvation Army, give:
– Donate Online: http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/hurricane_matthew
– Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301 Please designate ‘Hurricane Matthew’ on all checks.
– Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
– Donate By Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving
Major gift offers (from outside the impacted areas) should be directed to Territorial Headquarters to Tyra Gore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN-KIND DONATIONS FROM THE PUBLIC OR COMMUNITY GROUPS
Currently, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public for disaster relief operations. This may (or may not) change once the storm has made landfall and a more complete assessment of survivor’s needs are known.
However, The Salvation Army depends upon your donation of used clothing and other items to support local programming. Please consider donating your used clothing, used furniture, and other items to your local Salvation Army Family (or Thrift) Store.
The Salvation Army recruits and deploys disaster workers through its local Salvation Army units. To register as a disaster worker:
– Call your local Salvation Army.
– Register online at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
If you are a new volunteer, registering today, bear in mind that The Salvation Army typically uses trained disaster workers already associated with The Salvation Army FIRST.
INTERNATIONAL RELIEF FOR HAITI, BAHAMAS, AND OTHER CARIBBEAN ISLANDS
As above, the best way to help The Salvation Army’s Caribbean Territory respond to Hurricane Matthew to make a financial gift:
– To donate online: salar.my/Matthew
– To donate by check, please mail to: Salvation Army World Service Office Hurricane Matthew Relief P.O. Box 418558 Boston, MA 02241-8558 Mark checks with “Hurricane Matthew”
– To donate by phone, please call: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
International corporate and major gift offers may be directed Darcelle Wilson at the Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) via e-mail at email@example.com
Please note: The Salvation Army is not soliciting in-kind goods for the Caribbean; transporting these goods to the islands is time and cost prohibitive. The Salvation Army is not deploying personnel from the United States to Caribbean. The Salvation Army already has an established indigenous disaster relief programs within these countries and numerous local volunteers.
Thank you for your support and may God bless you.