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Date: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 9:33:37 AM CDT
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Salvation Army Assessment Teams Arrive in Haiti
Mobilization Continues for The Salvation Army's Earthquake
Response at Home and Abroad
VA (January 15, 2010) - An initial
Salvation Army assessment team is on the ground in Haiti and en route to the
capital city of Port Au Prince. Once there, the team will liaison with
Salvation Army personnel already on site in Haiti, where the Army has had a
presence since 1950. As with all such relief efforts, The Salvation Army's
initial focus will be to assess the immediate needs of the people affected by
the earthquake, then utilize its resources to mobilize and ship food, water and
other critical necessities to where they are most needed.
the homefront, hundreds of volunteers will work through the weekend to prepare
and package one million ready-to-eat meals at the El Dorado
Convention Center in El
Dorado, Kansas to support
Salvation Army relief efforts in Haiti. The meals - which consist of
rice, soy protein, freeze-dried vegetable and vitamins and can be cooked in
boiling water - come courtesy of Numana Inc. (http://www.numanainc.com/). The million
meals will total more than 150,000 pounds once boxed. No time-table has
been set for the delivery of the meals, but The Salvation Army is currently
coordinating with other agencies to get these supplies where they are needed.
An additional 250,000 meals, also prepared by Numana Inc., are currently
awaiting shipment from Des Moines,
"We saw a devastating earthquake strike Haiti this week," said Lt. Col. Dan Starrett, Executive Director of The
Salvation Army World Services Office. "Now, donor generosity is striking back."
The Salvation Army is also asking donors to assist
relief efforts in a new way by texting "HAITI" to 52000
on their mobile phones. The text message will automatically provide a $10
donation to disaster relief efforts in Haiti. Donors can also give
1-800-SAL-ARMY and the mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office,
International Disaster Relief Fund, P.O.
Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728
with designation "Haiti Earthquake." To date, The Salvation Army has raised
$1.8 million to support ongoing disaster relief. The Salvation Army has
committed more than $850,000 to support relief efforts in Haiti. The most
pressing need right now is for monetary donations.
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.
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. The facility is less than 10 minutes from the
National Palace and is in an area known as St. Martin that is home to predominantly
poor living in the nation's capital.
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.
second compound that houses Salvation Army administrative offices is being used
as an emergency operations center; damage was slight to this compound,
according to Salvation Army reports from Haiti. The Bethel Clinic, The Salvation Army's hospital in
Fond-des-Negres (75 miles west of Port-au-Prince)
reports some minor damage, but no injuries.
For continued updates, please visit www.blog.salvationarmyusa.org.
About The Salvation Army
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 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support
those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.