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Guidelines For Donating After Disaster

Monetary Donations

Financial contributions are the best way to assist The Salvation Army with helping those affected by disasters. Monetary donations allow The Salvation Army to purchase products to meet the most urgent needs. When feasible, purchases are made near the disaster site to help stimulate the local economy and ensure quicker delivery to those in need.

  • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
  • A $30 donation provides one food box containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
  • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
  • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
  • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

All money donated to The Salvation Army designated for a specific disaster goes to support the service work surrounding that particular disaster. Disaster fund-raising effects only disaster-specific work; not the overall social service work that the Army provides to nearly 30 million people each year.

If you wish to designate your gift to a specific disaster, you may do so at the time of your donation. Monetary donations can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or online at disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/give. You may also send your contribution to your local Salvation Army in Connecticut or Rhode Island.


When needed, The Salvation Army will request and accept both corporate and private in-kind donations in support of the disaster relief operation. Specific items needed will be identified based on the type of disaster. Bulk donations of a single product such as bottled water, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, and building materials may be accepted. All donations must be properly packaged, shrink-wrapped, on pallets, and labeled. Donors are asked to cover the cost of shipping in-kind donations to the receiving location. If you have a donation of bulk product you would like to contribute, please contact your local Salvation Army or send information to Chris.Farrand@use.salvationarmy.org

Confirm Need Before Collection

In-Kind donations require time, space, money and personnel. These are all valuable resources at a disaster site. All in-kind donations must be pre-planned and accepted by The Salvation Army prior to delivery. Donors are asked to be responsible for the shipping to the receiving location.

Transportation Should Be Planned In Advance

Transportation during a major disaster is often a challenge. Never assume unsolicited relief supplies can be accepted at the disaster site. Planning for delivery will allow The Salvation Army to have appropriate staff and volunteers in place to accept donations.

Used Clothing Is Rarely A Useful Item To Collect For Disaster Relief

Used clothing is rarely needed at the disaster site. You may contact your local Salvation Army in Connecticut or Rhode Island to donate used items. This helps support local Salvation Army programs.