HONOLULU (March 31, 2015) – The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division has set up an online donation page to help fund emergency response efforts for residents of Chuuk affected by Typhoon Maysak. The Salvation Army operates the Chuuk Corps in Weno and an Outpost in Wichap. Communication has been difficult since the storm struck Sunday evening and headed towards Yap and The Philippines. The Division’s Guam Corps in Tayan has been assisting in outreach to Chuuk.
“We heard from our Chuuk Corps on Monday evening their time that they had been providing food, water and shelter to about 50 people starting Sunday evening and they anticipated sheltering upwards of 100 people starting last evening,” said Major Mark Gilden, Divisional Secretary for Business for The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division. “Power was out and, since local stores were closed, residents have been unable to purchase food or water. Volunteers also have been cleaning road debris to help provide access to nearby businesses and other locations.”
The public is encouraged to support the emergency disaster services efforts via monetary donations at www.hawaii.salvationarmy.org or by calling The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Divisional Headquarters at 808-988-2136. One-hundred percent of the donated funds will support The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster services in Chuuk.
About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services
"In cooperation with federal, state and local agencies, The Salvation Army is equipped and ready to serve the public in the event of major disasters such as floods, fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes. The Army has mobile canteens capable of serving hot meals and distributing basic supplies during times of crisis. The canteens also serve as an outreach to feed the homeless and provide not only a hand-out, but also a hand-up to the down-trodden to help them back on their feet." www.hawaii.salvationarmy.org. While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army's disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster. http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/aboutus/?ourservices
About The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division
The Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division of The Salvation Army serves the State of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands including Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands and The Federated States of Micronesia. Among their community programs are: adult day health services; affordable senior housing; at-risk youth services and housing; camp & conference center; family thrift stores; food distribution and feeding programs; homeless services; The Kroc Center – Hawaii’s largest community center; preschools & day care services; social services – emergency assistance; substance abuse treatment; and work therapy & rehabilitation services. For information, call 808-988-2136, visit hawaii.salvationarmy.org, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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 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 for the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org.About The Salvation Army