In Washington DC, Emergency Relief Given to Seniors Impacted by Hurricane Irene

August 30, 2011 - 8:33 AM EDT
Erika Hammonds
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Washington, DC (August 29, 2011) – The Salvation Army provided emergency help to families in the Fairlawn section of Southeast DC Sunday night who were left without power in the wake of Hurricane Irene.  The Office of Washington Mayor Vincent Gray requested The Salvation Army bring nutrition and hydration to homes around 18th and T Streets, SE. Volunteers provided the residents, mostly seniors, with a meal consisting of a sandwich, chip, cookie and a bottle of water.

Across the Greater Washington, The Salvation Army is meeting the need by giving emergency relief help to those affected by natural or manmade disasters. Last night, volunteers prepared and distributed

  • 60 sandwiches
  • 60 bottles of water
  • 100 snacks

The Salvation Army is already serving thousands living in along the East Coast region impacted by Hurricane Irene who are struggling through power outages, downed power lines and trees and localized flooding. 

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

  • Donors are encouraged to give onlineat www.SalvationArmyUSA.orgor by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
  • Checks should be sent to Disaster Gift Processing Center, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 and designated “2011 Hurricane Season.”

Disaster Training

On September 10, all day, The Salvation Army is holding an Emergency Disaster Volunteer Training in Fairfax, Virginia. For anyone interested in making a difference by helping people in need when disaster strikes, this is a great opportunity to learn how to help.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to


About The Salvation Army & the National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted more than 62,000 individuals last year from families living across the Greater Washington region by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. We offer emergency eviction and utility cut-off prevention assistance, grocery, clothing and furniture vouchers, meals for the hungry and homeless, support for the disabled, elderly and ill, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, disaster relief, transitional housing for single mothers with children and character building opportunities for youth. To receive help or make a donation, please visit SalArmyDC.orgor call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Visit us on YouTube, Twitter or Facebook at keyword SalArmyDC.