Follow up file:
In the Oct. 10 Ask the Times, a reader asked:
Q. I understand there are few if any NGOs (non-governmental organizations) operating in Puerto Rico. So where can we send a check to help with the relief effort? -- Mike
On Sept. 25, PBS NEWSHOUR posted an article entitled, "HURRICANE MARIA: How you can help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico." The article included a list of some non-governmental organizations providing hurricane relief to Puerto Rico.
We received the following additional information from a reader:
Thanks for your information.
On your list (PBS NEWSHOUR) of NGO helping in Puerto Rico, I think the best charities to help are those that were already on the ground in that area. As you mentioned the Catholic Church (Catholic Relief Services) is a good example. Another NGO that has been in Puerto Rico helping for over 50 years is The Salvation Army. They are doing a massive job there and in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
(Steve Garrington retired five years ago. He does volunteer work for his church, Honor Flight of the Quad-Cities, The Salvation Army and several other charities.)
Some key updates for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands are (as of 9.25.17):
In Puerto Rico
• The Salvation Army is delivering an average of 14,000 meals per day in San Juan, Loiza, Fajardo, Humacao, Guayama, Ponce, Areciro, Mayaguez, Penuelas, and Caguas.
• This totals nearly 129,000 meals and snacks since the impact of Hurricane Irma.
In St. Thomas
• In St. Thomas, The Salvation Army has partnered with the Dutch Reform Church to serve over 42,000 meals and snacks, along with delivering food, water, and supply boxes to the poorest communities on the Island.
• In St. Thomas, The Salvation Army is serving nearly 3,500 families daily.
In St. John
• The Salvation Army is partnering with a local cafe to serve 1,000 families each day.
In St. Croix
• The Salvation Army is serving nearly 800 families each day.
With a permanent footprint in the affected communities, The Salvation Army Disaster Services will continue to provide assistance until the need is met and beyond.
How People Can Help
Response efforts to this hurricane and flooding are expected to be costly and last for years. The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation.
Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
Text to Give: STORM to 51555
Mail Checks - ** Please designate "Hurricane 2017" on all checks.
The Salvation Army
PO Box 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301