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Salvation Army Raises Money for Typhoon Victims

April 1, 2015, 9:22 AM HST
* Updated April 1, 9:23 AM
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An online donation page has been set up by the Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division to fund the emergency response efforts occurring in Chuuk in support of residents affected by Typhoon Maysak.

The Salvation Army operates the Chuuk Corps in Weno and an Outpost in Wichap, however, communication has been difficult since the storm struck Sunday evening. The Division’s Guam Corps in Tayan have begun to assist the Chuuk outreach.

“We heard from our Chuuk Corps on Monday evening their time that they had been providing food, water and shelter to about 50 people starting Sunday evening and they anticipated sheltering upwards of 100 people starting last evening,” said Major Mark Gilden, Divisional Secretary for Business for The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division, on Tuesday. “Power was out, and since local stores were closed, residents have been unable to purchase food or water.  Volunteers also have been cleaning road debris to help provide access to nearby businesses and other locations.”

Support of the emergency disaster service efforts is being encouraged by the Salvation Army. A special donation page was set up for the fundraiser and officials say 100 percent of the money donated through the link will go to support efforts in Chuuk.

Those interested in donating can visit the Hawai’i Salvation Army website or call The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Divisional Headquarters at (808) 988-2136.

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