The Salvation Army is mobilizing emergency response personnel and supplies after Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful Caribbean storm in almost a decade, caused widespread flooding, flattened homes and trees, and left a trail of destruction in Haiti.
“We are initiating a response to meet basic urgent needs. As we continue to assess, gather information and fully grasp the scope of this devastating situation, we know for certain there is already significant need for food, clean water, and shelter. We humbly ask the American public to consider supporting our efforts through prayer and monetary donations,” said Lt. Colonel Thomas Bowers, director for The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) in Alexandria, Va.
Flooding and mudslides remain a serious concern throughout the impacted region, particularly in the areas of Eux Cayes, Port-au-Prince and Petit Goave, where a large bridge collapsed, an important thoroughfare to the capital city. In southern Haiti, where the destruction was especially brutal, Salvation Army schools and community centers opened throughout the region to host vulnerable individuals, many of whom lost their roofs or entire homes due to violent winds and falling trees.
“Donations from the generous public will help provide basic necessities that vulnerable Haitians desperately need right now,” said Lt. Colonel Ron Busroe, The Salvation Army’s National Community Relations and Development Secretary. “The effects of this situation will be felt for months to come. We know that emotional and spiritual counseling is equally important for these individuals to deal with the gravity of the situation.”
Monetary donations are the most critical need for survivors. The Salvation Army has set up a designated fund where 100 percent of gifts go to relief efforts in Haiti. To give, visit salar.my/Matthew or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Check donations to SAWSO (designated “Hurricane Matthew”) can be sent to: Salvation Army World Service Office, 615 Slaters Lane, Alexandria VA 22314