Salvation Army Haiti Earthquake Relief: Update 5

by John McAlister
Categories: Newswire
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haitimedicalaid2Salvation Army personnel from Canada are now on the ground in Haiti assisting with relief efforts and participating in long-term planning with Salvation Army disaster response workers and medical teams from the U.S. and the U.K.

When the quake hit, more than 700 officers/pastors and staff permanently stationed in Haiti responded immediately to the needs of the people. Recent reports state that:
• a mobile kitchen from the Dominican Republic is serving food and water at a medical site in Port-au-Prince;
• a supply line from south Florida to Port-au-Prince is delivering aid and supplies to disaster response teams and will send hundreds of thousands more meals by next week;
• a 14-person medical team, including 8 doctors, continue to administer medical aid;
• more than 6,000 people are sleeping and receiving aid each night in The Salvation Army compound in Port-au-Prince.
• And, on January 18 Salvation Army staff provided a five-day supply of food to more than 7,000 people in less than two hours;

At International Headquarters in London, and in various countries throughout the Caribbean, as well as in the U.S. and Canada, The Salvation Army is working with corporate partners and vendors to send bulk food, pre-packed meals, bottled water, tents, lanterns and other supplies along with several 15,000-gallon water purification units and multiple mobile hospitals.

To date, The Salvation Army in Canada has raised $2 million to support its ongoing efforts to serve the victims of Haiti. More than $150,000 has been raised through the Text-to-Donate program.

Please support The Salvation Army’s relief effort in Haiti. Financial contributions can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769), by donating online, www.SalvationArmy.ca, by mailing donations to The Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters, Canada and Bermuda, 2 Overlea Blvd., Toronto, Ontario M4H 1P4, or dropping off financial donations at the closest Salvation Army unit in your area. Donors should specify their gift to the Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund.

Text-to-Donate
Canadians can make a $5 donation to The Salvation Army’s efforts in Haiti by texting the word HAITI to 45678 from most Canadian carriers. Donors will then receive a message asking them to confirm their donation with a YES reply.