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Denise Richardson

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(NEW YORK, NY, November 6, 2012) --- The Salvation Army, working in tandem with its coalition of partner agencies that includes the New York City Office of the Mayor, National Guard, New York City Office of Emergency Management, New York City Housing Authority, and the NYPD, continues to bring relief and recovery to communities in the Greater New York area hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy.

Throughout New York City, 10 distribution feeding sites coordinated by The Salvation Army and its partners continue to provide food, hydration and supplies to thousands of individuals and families still without power and coping with increasingly cold temperatures. Yesterday, November 5th, the sites (then 11 of them) alone served a total of 257,304 meals and 61,200 liters of water, while distributing 21,000 blankets and 8,000 ponchos.  Current distribution locations include sites located in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.

In addition to the regular distribution sites, The Salvation Army is providing feeding support to a number of special-needs shelters, based at colleges around the city, for people with special medical needs. A total of 24,325 meals have been served at these locations to date.

In Staten Island, The Salvation Army and its partners are operating three distribution sites, with another slated to open today at South Beach/Cedar Grove in preparation for Wednesday's nor'easter that has been predicted to hit our area. In anticipation of this new storm, as of Wednesday, November 7th, hot meals will begin being served at the sites, which had been primarily serving cold boxed meals. In addition to food and hydration, clean-up kits are being distributed to Staten Island residents in need of them.

Up in the Bronx, The Salvation Army, working with the New York City Department of Homeless Services, has begun sheltering 300 families at The Army's Franklin Women's Triage and Referral Shelter.

On Long Island, The Army and its partners are continuing to assess needs and optimize resources throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  In addition to members of the general community in need, The Army, working in tandem with Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief, has served a total of 600 hot meals to firefighters and other first responders at eight fire houses throughout Long Island. Emotional and spiritual care is also being provided at these sites. Meals for first responders are also being provided at The Salvation Army's Hempstead Community Center., while The Army's Freeport Community Center has opened as a warming center

Monetary donations are greatly needed as supplies and personnel continue to move into areas of greatest need, and The Salvation Army is extremely grateful for the continued support of the donating public.

Donors can give online at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).  Donors may also text NYSA to 52000 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word, "Yes."*

Checks may be made payable to The Salvation Army Greater New York Division, 120 West 14th Street, New York, NY, 10011.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Jennifer Groff Pugh at Please send your name, contact information, availability, preference for location, your email address, and list the specific skills you have to offer. Thank you for reaching out to volunteer with The Salvation Army. You will be contacted when needed.

Those wishing to make in-kind donations of items such as used clothing and used furniture are encouraged to please consider donating such items to their local Salvation Army Family Store by dropping them off or by dialing 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825). 

For more information on The Salvation Army's response to Hurricane Sandy, visit:

Your donations make a real difference:
A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile-feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

About The Salvation Army Greater New York Division: An integral part of the community for 132 years, The Salvation Army in Greater New York operates more than 100 community and social service programs serving more than 750,000 people, regardless of race, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation. For more information, visit our website at




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Note from the fireld:

Photos and note from the Food distribution at the Fulton Street Apartments at 17th Street in Manhattan.

The team consisted of Major Jorge Diaz, Major Edelweiss Diaz and Major Claranne Meitrott.
Here is a quote from Major Jorge Diaz. Territorial Property Secretary

"We were privileged to minister alongside 30 Air Force National Guard Airmen, 40 civilian volunteers from various organizations are Churches and 10 Officers from NYPD.

The distribution site was able to provide 5,500 Ready to eat Meals and 15,000 bottles of water. We were on site from 11:am until 4:45PM. 

Even though the residents had to wait on line and the temperature was dropping, they were grateful for the help and the warm smiles they received as they endure this challenge.  Several requested an address so they can send in a word of  appreciation for the support they have received. 

One of the highlights of our service was when a senior citizen was spotted on the line by Major Meitrott wearing only a thin sweater.  Major Meitrott immediately began to inquire if we had a coat available. We did not. But literally two minutes later someone walked in with two bags of donations and  laying on the top of the bag was a heavy  jacket!  Major Meitrott found the lady and she immediately put on her jacket and in half English and half Mandarin expressed her thanks.  God is good."

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