Money will be used to provide immediate resources for food and shelter across the region, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
The Salvation Army is getting a boost in its global hurricane relief efforts, thanks to a $1 million-dollar grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation. Helen Price, President of The Coca-Cola Foundation, says, “As the entire Coca-Cola system comes together to support communities impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded this grant to The Salvation Army to provide emergency assistance in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and across the Caribbean.”
In September, Hurricanes Irma and Maria ripped through the region, causing widespread damage and destroying critical infrastructure. Many island nations have no electricity or clean water.
In the weeks since Hurricanes Irma and Maria, The Salvation Army has been on the ground, working to meet essential needs of survivors and help them start on the path to recovery. Salvation Army personnel and volunteers are providing meals, supplies, and rapid response in a number of Caribbean nations, including Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix.
“The mission of The Salvation Army is to serve those most in need, but we can’t do that without partners like Coca-Cola,” says Major Bob Parker, Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Commander. “We are grateful to Coca-Cola for their generosity. This much-needed gift will allow The Salvation Army to immediately provide food and supplies to thousands of people in the Caribbean who are suffering because of the recent hurricanes.”
With a permanent footprint in the affected communities, The Salvation Army will continue to provide assistance until the need is met and beyond.