Salvation Army Thankful for Generosity to Hurricane Sandy Victims

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- As the efforts continue on the East Coast, The Salvation Army acknowledges the generosity shown to Hurricane Sandy victims.

The Salvation Army National Headquarters states that, “Over the last few days, we have been blessed with encouraging comments from fans and followers on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and continue to receive an abundance of offers to help through either donating or volunteering. We are incredibly thankful for this thoughtful and generous support which enables our Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) crews to meet the needs of communities in crisis throughout the northeast and Mid-Atlantic states”.

In New York City, The Salvation Army has served hundreds of thousands meals via several service sites and mobile canteens. With the assistance of 400 National Guard troops, The Salvation Army was able to deliver meals to shut-in residents.

In New Jersey, The Salvation Army is supporting first responders and survivors with food and emotional and spiritual care in 15 shelters throughout 10 counties.

In Maryland and West Virginia where two feet of snow had left thousands without power and in dire need, the Salvation Army supported evacuees with food and shelter.

The local The Salvation Army continues to respond to the East Coast disaster. “As a community we want to continue to support the efforts on the East Coast. We have received calls asking if they could use clothing and food, but at this point the request is for financial donations only,” states Major Randy Hellstrom, Winnebago County Coordinator. “Our continued prayers are for the victims of this natural disaster, and with the first responders that provide physical, emotional and spiritual support.”

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to send financial donations to The Salvation Army of Winnebago County, PO Box 4159, Rockford IL 61110. Please note for: Hurricane Sandy. 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 our local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to our local Salvation Army Family Stores or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

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