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Oct 30, 2012 5:05 PM by Sarah Arevalo

Salvation Army taking donations by phone, text and at local centers

TUCSON - As Superstorm Sandy moves continues to wreak havoc, the Salvation Army has begun feeding operations at shelters along the East Coast, and is seeking donations nationwide.

Additionally, dozens of mobile feeding units, able to serve thousands of meals, are stocked and ready to deploy into the most heavily impacted areas once it is safe to do so in coordination with emergency management officials.

In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, the Salvation Army is also providing clean-up kits, hygiene kits, shower units, first-aid kits, and communication support.

The Salvation Army asks if people want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, "Yes."

Donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted by the Salvation Army for hurricane relief at this time, representatives stated in a news release. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

Here are some ways to how your donations will help those affected by hurricane Sandy, according to the Salvation Army:

• $10 could feed a survivor for one day.
• $30 can provide for one food box for a family of four, or a household cleanup kit.
• $100 can provide snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel.
• $250 can serve one hot meal to 100 people or keep hydration stations for 24 hours.
• $500 can keep a Salvation Army canteen operating for one day.

For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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