The most urgent need is for food, water and other essentials, and monetary donations are the most critical need for survivors.
The Salvation Army has set up a designated fund where 100 percent of gifts go to Haiyan relief efforts. To give, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donations of $10 can also be made via mobile phone by texting “TYPHOON” to 80888 and replying “YES.”
Brunelle said that local offices of the Salvation Army are also prepared to accept monetary donation from local residents who want to help.
“We forward those contributions along right away,” Brunelle said. “We don’t hold anything here.”
Contributions can be dropped off at the Newburyport office of the Salvation Army at 40 Water St. Those writing checks, should again designate Typhoon Haiya on the memo line.
The International Red Cross and the regional chapter of the Red Cross for Northeast Massachusetts are also working to raise money for the victims of this devastating natural disaster, as are other internationally known disaster relief organizations.
The Red Cross of Northeast Massachusetts can be reached via the Internet at http://www.redcross.org/ma/peabody, where contributions can be made online. Or call the office at 978-922-2224 or visit them at 85 Lowell St. in Peabody.