2010-02-12 / Business

Salvation Army helps Haiti with your help

Contributed by the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is hard at work in Haiti, providing food, water, and support during a time of unforgettable devastation caused by the recent earthquake and aftershock.

Nearly 7,000 people were given a five–day supply of food Monday by The Salvation Army in Port–au–Prince. Hundreds of others, including infants at an orphanage, received medical care from Salvation Army doctors. In the U.S., more personnel and supplies are being sent to the country to join the 700 Salvation Army workers who are permanently stationed in Haiti.

Additionally, in Port–au–Prince, a 14–person Salvation Army medical team provided care to nearly 200 people Monday, suturing wounds and treating broken bones. Two doctors and a nurse administered formula and oral electrolyte solution to dozens of orphans.

In Haiti, The Salvation Army operates schools, clinics, a hospital, feeding programs, children’s homes, and church–related activities through some 60 Corps community centers across the country.

One Salvation Army facility, or compound, includes a home for more than 50 children; a school with a daily attendance of 1,500 children; a medical clinic caring for 150–200 people daily; and a church that on any typical Sunday welcomes nearly 1,000 people.

According to reports from Salvation Army staff in Port–au–Prince, no one in the compound was injured during the earthquake, but the children’s home, the clinic, and church suffered major damage. Several smaller buildings, including residences, have collapsed completely.

Calls have been coming in regularly to the local office, and the best way that the local community can help is to give a financial gift that gives The Salvation Army the purchasing power needed to care for disaster survivors. Financial donations can be made by calling 1-800- SAL-ARMY or by visiting www.salvationarmyusa. org; or people can mail checks to The Salvation Army World Services Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728.

Donors can also text the word “HAITI” to 52000 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts. It is important for donors to confirm their donation with the word “YES.” Note that the money will go directly to The Salvation Army’s World Service Office.

Regarding volunteers, at this time, The Salvation Army is not recruiting additional personnel to deploy to Haiti. If this changes, The Salvation Army will use trained and experienced Salvation Army officers and disaster personnel. If individuals would like to support Salvation Army disaster services, they need to associate with the local corps and register online at www.disaster. salvationarmyusa.org. However, they should not expect to be deployed internationally.

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