Thursday, December 1, 2011

Response to PA Flooding

The Salvation Army, Emergency Disaster Services crews have been busy providing assistance to victims of the historic Pennsylvania flooding since early September. More than 19 Salvation Army mobile response units responded across Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania at the peak of operations feeding at more than 31 locations across the state.

Working closely with local and county government officials and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), the Salvation Army served more than 44,600 meals, 8,328 clean-up kits, 1, 058 hygiene kits, more than 20,000 gallons/cases of water and over $180,000 in direct financial assistance made possible by the more than 12,000 hours of volunteer service given.

Services in the recovery efforts of the flooding are still ongoing.  Many counties and local Salvation Army centers are continuing to meet the needs of the local families affected by the floods.  As the holiday season approaches, needs continue to be high for some of the hardest hit regions across the state and the Army will be there to continue to assess and address those needs.

Individuals interested in providing aid are encouraged to make monetary donations via our secure, on-line donations page, or text STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation using your mobile phone.* Monetary donations better allow The Salvation Army to meet the special needs of those affected by the flooding, so at this time, The Salvation Army is not accepting clothing, food, or commodity donations for disaster victims (these items are still needed at Satlvation Army family thrift stores and will continue to be accepted there). Donations may also be made by sending a check to The Salvation Army Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Divisional Headquarters at 701 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123. Donations should be marked "Disaster Relief".
* A onetime donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see