The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial contribution to the charity of your choice. Monetary donations allow The Salvation Army and other charities the flexibility to quickly and efficiently meet the immediate needs of disaster survivors without incurring many of the costs associated with sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods.
Donate by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
Donations by Mail:Please make checks payable to "The Salvation Army" and clearly marked "disaster relief" or labeled with the name of the disaster response you are supporting (e.g. "Haiti Earthquake").
To Support Salvation Army disaster relief efforts internationally, please donate to:
The Salvation Army deeply appreciates your contributions and thanks you for helping us help others. Salvation Army disaster relief services are funded entirely by donations, and The Salvation Army uses 100% of all donations designated “disaster relief” in support of disaster operations.
In some disasters, The Salvation Army will appeal to people and businesses for donations of specific goods that can then be distributed to disaster survivors.
Please … before beginning any collection effort, contact your local Salvation Army to confirm the need. Get precise information about what products are needed. Consider shipping arrangements; most charities do not have the resources to arrange transportation. Any goods that are sent must be sorted and appropriately packed, palletized and shrink-wrapped before being shipped to the disaster area.
Donors should be wary of anyone who claims that "everything is needed." Communities hit by a disaster can be quickly overwhelmed by well-intentioned, but uncoordinated, shipments of donated goods and often do not have the time, manpower or money to dispose of unneeded product.
It is extremely rare that used clothing, furniture and motor vehicles are needed during a disaster response. However, these gifts are vitally important to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to support Salvation Army programs within your local community.
To schedule a pick-up of used clothing, furniture, or motor vehicles, call 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825) to arrange a pick-up or to find the nearest drop-off location.