Union, NJ (November 6, 2012) - More than a week after Hurricane Sandy slammed into New Jersey, The Salvation Army is still hard at work helping to meet the needs of affected residents. The Salvation Army has been providing meals, drinks, snacks, clothing, blankets, and emotional/spiritual care across the state to those who Sandy left a lasting impact.
As of November 5, 2012 The Salvation Army of New Jersey has reported the following preliminary numbers:
• 55, 865 Meals served.
• 82,226 Snacks served.
• 78,443 Drinks served.
• 1,060 Changes of clothes.
• 1,586 hours of emotional and spiritual care to comfort shelter residents.
• Over 2,000 Blankets delivered, over 6,000 more en route.
• Over 1,000 personal hygiene kits.
• 12 Mobile feeding locations.
• Over 300 Staff and Volunteers supporting disaster relief efforts.
While providing these services, Salvation Army staff and volunteers have had many experiences in New Jersey. Captain Keith Maynor tells about taking a tarp to a home which a tree had fallen through the roof. Upon getting this tarp the family exclaimed, “Thank you and God bless you all for taking care of our home!” He also said that people all over the state have been very thankful and gracious that The Salvation Army has been ready to assist in their time of need.
It is through the generous donations of the people of New Jersey that services such as these can be provided not only in times of crisis, but year round.
For anyone interested in learning more about The Salvation Army’s response to this storm and other programs provided across New Jersey, volunteer opportunities, or to make a donation to Hurricane Sandy relief, please visit www.salvationarmynj.org, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. To help support The Salvation Army of New Jersey through an online food drive, please visit www.yougivegoods.com. Donations can also be sent to P.O Box 3170, Union NJ 07083 with NJ Hurricane Sandy Relief in the memo line. Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area, other than via YouGiveGoods.com. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org. Residents seeking assistance should call 211.
For interview opportunities with Salvation Army personnel and/or volunteers please contact Bramwell Applin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 908-403-3625.
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