Lona Courington, director of the local Salvation Army, said she has been in contact with national Salvation Army officials regarding humanitarian efforts in the wake of the recent storm.
“At this time, the Salvation Army is only accepting monetary gifts to help in the relief effort,” she said. “No in-kind gifts are being shipped to storm-damaged areas.”
Courington said donations can be made at the Jasper Salvation Army and those funds will be forwarded to the hurricane relief effort.
“Some donors have already chosen to bring their gifts to the Salvation Army of Walker County,” she said. “We will make sure they get to the relief effort.”
The Salvation Army has been named the lead organization to coordinate feedings and shelters in New York City. The group is also providing assistance in all areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.
“It’s clear now that Hurricane Sandy was and continues to be a major and historic storm impacting millions of people,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in the United States. “Residents of the impacted areas can rest assured that The Salvation Army will be with them for the long-haul — providing practical, physical and spiritual support at the areas of greatest need.”
The Salvation Army is asking anyone wanting to help those affected by the storm 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.”
Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center, P.O. Box 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.
While in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted, Courington said those items are vital to the day-to-day work on the local Salvation Army. She said anyone wishing to donate those types of items locally should contact the Salvation Army of Walker County at 205-221-7737.
“Those items are always appreciated at our local Salvation Army,” she said. “If anyone needs us to pickup items, they can call and make those arrangements.”