The Salvation Army had a presence in the Philippines before the storm and has mobilized with aid, said Susan Eustice, director of public relations for the Omaha corps. Omahans who want to donate can go to https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/typhoonhaiyan or text TYPHOON to 80888 and reply YES to confirm a one-time, $10 donation.
Checks can be mailed to: • Salvation Army World Service Office • International Relief Fund • P.O. Box 418558 • Boston MA 02241-8558 • Designate Typhoon Haiyan on the memo line.
The local office of Catholic Charities will forward any donations it receives for typhoon relief to Catholic Relief Services, said executive director John A. Griffith. People who want to donate can send checks to the office at 3300 N. 60th St., Omaha, NE 68104. Be sure to specify typhoon aid on the check.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is taking contributions to their relief effort on www.redcross.org. There is a description of what the Red Cross has done so far in the Philippines and what they're still planning to do on the organization's website.
United Nations World Food Programme
The agency said it has allocated $2 million for the disaster response and officials joined an assessment mission to survey damage in Leyte and Samar provinces.
WFP said it will send more than 40 tons of high energy biscuits and work with the Filipino government to help with logistics and emergency communications systems. It asks for donations at wfpusa.org or by texting the word AID to 27722 to instantly donate $10.
UNICEF said that its staff in the Philippines is being repositioned to help in relief efforts and that 66 tons of emergency supplies are being sent from Copenhagen. An airlift set to arrive on Tuesday will include water purification systems, storage equipment and sanitation supplies. Donations can be made to UNICEF at unicef.org/support.
World Vision said it is putting together resources to assist 1.2 million people, including food, hygiene kits, emergency shelter and protection. It asked for one-time donations to be made at worldvision.org.
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
The committee has begun collecting donations for relief efforts. To contribute, go to jdc.org or call 212-687-6200.
Mercy Corps said it has launched emergency response efforts to provide food, water, shelter and basic supplies to typhoon survivors. To contribute, go to mercycorps.org/typhoon or call 800-292-3355.
The nonprofit aid group is preparing to deploy an emergency response team to the Philippines. To donate go to americares.org or call 800-486-4357.
Archdiocese of Omaha
The Archdiocese of Omaha will have its special collection for typhoon victims at all Masses this weekend, Deacon Tim McNeil said Tuesday.
Officials had tentatively set the date for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, but decided to move it up so the disaster in the Philippines would be fresh in the minds of potential donors and wouldn’t conflict with the first Sunday in Advent, he said.
The Archdiocese will raise funds in all 146 of its churches and send a check with 100 percent of the proceeds to Catholic Relief Services.
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