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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Public Relations Director
The Salvation Army of Florida
The Salvation Army of Florida
The Salvation Army needs your help for the relief effort
Lutz, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2010) - As Salvation Army first responders work in
Port-au-Prince, the need is strong for monetary donations from the United
Donors can donate in several ways:
Text: "HAITI" to 52000 to give $10 to The Salvation Army's relief efforts in
Haiti. The $10 will be applied to your bill
Log on to www.salvationarmyusa.org and make a donation
Local Salvation Army: You may drop off your check to your local Salvation Army
office. Write "Haiti earthquake" on the memo line.
Monetary donations provide enormous flexibility to offer whatever is most
needed. In addition to the obvious needs for emergency mass care support, the
nation will also need financial support long-term with reconstruction.
To date The Salvation Army has raised $1.7 million for its relief efforts in
One hundred percent of your donation will go to The Salvation Army's World
Services Organization for use in Haiti.
On Thursday and Friday morning, Salvation Army personnel from Florida and
other parts of the south began arriving into Haiti.
Captain Albert Cancia, of West Palm Beach, said the team is reporting major damage to the roads outside Port-au-Prince. Cancia said "holes in the road the size of semis."
The team traveled alongside cliffs with no guard rails and no sense of security.
Communication with team members is limited. Most the communication has been
received via Skype or Facebook, with occasional status updates saying, "Thank
God for Facebook" and "Please pray for Haiti."
At this time, teams are stressing the financial support for them to provide
emergency mass care and to support the long-term reconstruction.
The Salvation Army has been operating in Haiti since 1950 and has 60 churches
and community centers throughout the country.
For the latest information about The Salvation Army's activity in Haiti,
please visit its Facebook pages at http://bit.ly/6T7KHa and
All photos, video and material on the pages are free for public and media
In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff
will focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and
first-responders, providing food, hydration and shelter for impacted
individuals and families.
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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church
established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without
discrimination for 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 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. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to
support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information,
go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.