The Salvation Army Responds After Tornado Hits Revere, Massachusetts

July 28, 2014
Karla Tejada | | (845) 536-3985

Within hours of the unthinkable, Salvation Army canteens were on hand to respond to the tornado which touched down in Revere, Massachusetts. Staffed by officers and volunteers from all around Eastern Massachusetts, these mobile feeding units were on hand to provide water, snacks and dinner to survivors who had no power and were still shaken by the storm, even hours later. We praise God that no serious injury or death resulted from the EF2 tornado. Yet, for Revere residents, those few unforgettable moments turned their pleasant tree-lined streets into dangerous, unpassable hazards of downed power lines, trees and building materials from homes and businesses blown apart by the storm.

With over 500 relief crews and 200 police and fire personnel on scene, the needs for hydration, nutrition and perhaps most importantly, emotional and spiritual care immediately became critical. Salvation Army teams in Chelsea made sandwiches to be brought to the site. 

All along the impact site, roads were impassable due to the combination of debris, relief crews and damage. Volunteers took food and water on foot house to house to meet the needs of local residents and those responding. "I was at work in South Boston," said Yang Luu as he looked at his wife on the front porch holding their infant daughter. Her older sister danced around the porch eating a sandwich she received from a Salvation Army volunteer. "I called my wife about 30 times and couldn't reach her. My manager let me leave work to come home. I was so relieved to see my family. The power is out, but we are alright. Thank you." 

Joe Quarantello, who lives around the corner from the Luus feels the same way. The family's home is just feet away from their insurance company, a job Quarantello has done for 50 years. "When I get a call from a client, the first question I ask is if everybody's okay. If they say yes, forget the rest. We can fix everything else."

I was on my way to Mass General Hospital for an appointment. Lightning struck near TD Garden. I was going to call my wife and tell her about the lightning. I didn't reach her. I went to my appointment and got a call later from an employee checking on me. My wife was alone at the house, she was scared. Thank God everybody's okay."

As officers and volunteers roamed the streets, they offered food, water, hugs, prayer. When impacted residents saw the red shield, they knew hope had returned to the neighborhood.

How to Help
The best way to help The Salvation Army serve those affected by this storm is make a monetary contribution.
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By Phone:
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY [1-800-725-2769]
By Mail:
To donate via mail, please send your check, designated "Revere Tornado" to:
CANTON, MA 02021

Donations of Household Good and Clothing:
Due to the emergency situation, The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual donations of household goods or clothing (gifts-in-kind) will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. PLEASE continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store. You will help your community and help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to

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The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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