Posted on November 12, 2013
Typhoon Haiyan: How You Can Help
The Salvation Army is providing food, shelter, water, and emotional and spiritual care to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Classified as a category 5 typhoon, the death toll from the storm could be as high as 10,000. Since 1898, The Salvation Army has served the people of the Philippines, including during times of disaster. Emergency Disaster Service teams have been providing essentials to those affected by the typhoon since the storm hit Friday but are challenged by the lack of accessible roads to transport goods and medical supplies for survivors.
“What the government and non-governmental agencies are now struggling with is the accessibility of roads so that relief goods can reach the survivors and the medical attention to the wounded and sick. There is also a possibility of an outbreak of disease,” said Lieut-Colonel Bob Lee, Chief Secretary of the Philippines Territory.
With more than 75 offices throughout the country, volunteers and staff are well prepared to service the immediate and long-term needs of those impacted by natural disasters.
“The Salvation Army is on the ground serving the urgent needs of survivors,” said Major Ron Busroe, The Salvation Army’s National Community Relations and Development Secretary. “Donations from the generous public will help provide basic necessities that survivors desperately need right now. But the effects of this tragedy will be felt for months – even years. We know that emotional and spiritual counseling is equally important for survivors to deal with the gravity of the situation.”
Monetary donations are the most critical need for survivors. The Salvation Army has set up a designated fund where 100 percent of gifts go to Haiyan relief efforts. To give, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donations of 10 dollars can also be made via mobile phone by texting “TYPHOON” to 80888 and replying “YES.”* Check donations to Salvation Army World Service Office (designate “Typhoon Haiyan”) can be mailed to:
Salvation Army World Service Office
International Relief Fund
P.O. Box 418558
Boston, MA 02241-8558
The above has been provided by The Salvation Army USA’s National Headquarters.