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Dallas (October 6, 2016) - The Salvation Army is soliciting donations to stem the potential effects of the extremely powerful category 4 Hurricane Matthew, which forecasters believe will hit landfall in the US tonight. The East Coast, particularly Florida and some southern states are likely to be most affected.
Salvation Army teams are already providing emergency assistance to thousands of victims in Haiti, where Hurricane Matthew caused serious devastation on Tuesday. The authorities there have reported 65 confirmed deaths with many more people still missing. The storm also killed 4 people in neighboring Dominican Republic.
The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation. Cash is flexible, can be used immediately in response to a crisis, and allows disaster relief organizations to purchase exactly what is needed, when it’s needed and in close proximity to the affected areas, which cuts down on transportation time and cost. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.
To make a financial gift to The Salvation Army:
Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving.
Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate 'Hurricane Matthew' on all checks.
Currently, The Salvation Army is not accepting donated goods from the public for disaster relief operations.
With 7,500 centers across the U.S., The Salvation Army is already nearby whenever a disaster strikes. The organization's Florida Division is one of the largest Salvation Army divisions in the country and will handle the immediate response with its own personnel and disaster teams. As a result, it is not expected that people or equipment from the DFW Metroplex will be needed in the early stages of the relief effort. It is possible that local support could be needed later in the response.