Vero Salvation Army Captain spearheads Haiti relief in Ft. Lauderdale

VERO BEACH – Captain Tim Delaney of The Salvation Army of Indian River County is spearheading the organization of a distribution warehouse in Ft. Lauderdale to disburse  donations to aid the island of Haiti following the 7.0 earthquake that attacked the impoverished community.

The Salvation Army warehouse is receiving resources daily and getting them shipped to Haiti as quickly as possible, the items include water, food, medical supplies, blankets and clothing to assist with the international relief effort in Haiti following a severe earthquake last Tuesday that damaged much of the country’s infrastructure, housing and commercial buildings. The Salvation Army’s supply line of critical resources is being funneled through South Florida via cargo aircraft.

Currently, FedEx is helping The Salvation Army move more than 1 million pre-packaged meals from Kansas and Iowa, and tents and flashlights from the Coleman Co., are being sent along with other donations and purchased goods.

Nearly 7,000 people were given a 5-day supply of food Monday by The Salvation Army in Port-au-Prince. Hundreds of others, including infants at an orphanage, received medical care from Salvation Army doctors who are responding to the earthquake.

In the U.S., more personnel and supplies are being sent to the country to join the 700 Salvation Army workers who are permanently stationed in Haiti.

To date The Salvation Army has raised $4,398,074 through online donations. Through Jan. 17, $41,740 has been raised in text donations and, as of Monday, Jan. 18, $345,347.20 was raised through 1.800.SAL.ARMY.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti at this time,” a member of The Salvation Army said.

The Salvation Army of IRC is located in Vero Beach at 2655 5th St. Sw across from The Skate Factory.

For more info on how to help call The Salvation Army of IRC at (772) 978-0265 or visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Donors may contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word “HAITI” to 52000.

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