San Juan - In one of the worst hurricane seasons in a decade, The Salvation Army is unwavering in its continued efforts to serve those affected by the storms. For Hurricane Irma and Maria, which obliterated much of Puerto Rico’s and the U.S. Virgin Islands’ infrastructure, The Salvation Army is working to meet the essential needs, and start on the path to recovery.
“The Salvation Army is determined to persevere through any challenge to meet our primary focus of service,” said Michael Orfitelli, Territorial Coordinator of Emergency Disaster Services. “We are grateful for the continued generosity of our donors and partners. These gifts provide food, supplies, and emotional and spiritual care to those affected by the devastating weather events.”
Some key updates for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands are (as of 9.27.17):
- In Puerto Rico
- The Salvation Army is delivering an average of 16,000 meals per day in San Juan, Loiza, Fajardo, Humacao, Guayama, Ponce, Areciro, Mayaguez, Penuelas, and Caguas.
- This totals nearly 267,000 meals and snacks since the impact of Hurricane Irma.
- In St. Thomas
- In St. Thomas, The Salvation Army has partnered with the Dutch Reform Church to serve almost 57,500 meals and snacks, along with delivering food, water, and supply boxes to the poorest communities on the Island. These resources are delivered to nursing homes, one skilled care facility, and shelters of the American Red Cross and Catholics Charities.
- In St. Thomas, The Salvation Army is serving nearly 5,500 families daily.
- In St. John
- The Salvation Army is partnering with a local cafe to serve 1,000 families each day.
- In St. Croix
- The Salvation Army is serving nearly 1,000 families each day.
With a permanent footprint in the affected communities, The Salvation Army Disaster Services will continue to provide assistance until the need is met and beyond.
How People Can Help
Response efforts to this hurricane and flooding are expected be costly and last for years. The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation.
- Online: helpsalvationarmy.org
- Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
- Text to Give: STORM to 51555
About The Salvation Army
- Mail Checks: The Salvation Army PO Box 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301 Please designate “Hurricane 2017” on all checks.
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 (HumanNeedsIndex.org). 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 www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.