As Hurricane Sandy moved along the North Carolina coast, The Salvation Army in Morehead City fed area residents seeking shelter at the elementary school in Atlantic, NC this past weekend. Three trained volunteers and two of the organization’s officers served for 34 hours. They provided 83 meals to shelter guest and staff. The Salvation Army in New Bern also served evacuees at a local shelter. Eight volunteers and two officers prepared 120 meals. Officers are also trained to provide emotional and spiritual care to those affected.
As Hurricane Sandy moves to the Northeast region, The Salvation Army urges residents who may be affected to be fully prepared. Residents who plan on evacuating and going to a shelter should remember to bring prescription medicine, baby food and diapers, identification, credit cards and cash, pet supplies, toiletries and changes of clothing, blankets and pillows. Those planning on staying home should have multiple days of basic supplies including water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, radio and batteries, a first aid kit and ample medications.
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”*
Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.
At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).
For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/, www.facebook.com/salvationarmyusa or www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus.
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 www.salvationarmyusa.org.