Puerto Rico help continues despite shortages
With a permanent footprint in the affected communities, The Salvation Army will continue to provide assistance for as long as needed.
In one of the worst hurricane seasons in a decade, The Salvation Army continues its response to hurricanes Irma and Maria, which decimated major parts of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands’ infrastructure.
The Salvation Army is working to overcome supply chain challenges to meet the most pressing needs. Last week, The Salvation Army shipped more than 100,000 bottles of water, 6,000 ready-made meals, 4,000 snacks, 1,000 cases of organic baby food, five cases of water filtration systems and two pallets of tarps to areas in need.
“We have truly turned a corner to persevere and deliver hope and help to our neighbors in need,” said Michael Orfitelli, Eastern Territorial Coordinator of Emergency Disaster Services. “We are grateful for the continued generosity of our donors and partners. These gifts provide food, supplies, and emotional and spiritual care to those affected by the devastating weather events.”
In Puerto Rico, The Salvation Army continues to fight to meet the needs of San Juan, Loiza, Fajardo, Humacao, Guayama, Ponce, Areciro, Mayaguez, Penuelas, and Caguas. In total, The Salvation Army has distributed over 270,000 meals and snacks since the onset of Hurricane Irma.
In St. Thomas—home to more than half of the U.S. Virgin Islands’ population—The Salvation Army has partnered with the Dutch Reform Church to serve nearly 72,000 meals and snacks. They’ve also delivered food, water, and supply boxes to the poorest communities on the island. The Salvation Army continues to serve nearly 6,000 families a day.
In St. John, The Salvation Army is partnering with a local cafe to serve 1,200 families each day.
In St. Croix, The Salvation Army is serving nearly 1,000 families each day.
With a permanent footprint in the affected communities, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services will continue to provide assistance for as long as needed.
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