21 September 2017
Last Updated: 09 October 2017


Families and individuals in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are dealing with devastation caused by the hurricane season. The Salvation Army has been providing support from Hurricane Irma on through Hurricane Maria. In order to provide vital supplies in a timely manner, The Salvation Army has partnered with local and national partners, including UPS.

As of Tuesday, October 3, 2017, donations and volunteers have enabled The Salvation Army to provide the following:

  • In Puerto Rico:
    • The Salvation Army has served over 1.2 million individuals since Hurricane Maria hit landfall. 
    • The Salvation Army has a valuable presence in San Juan, Loíza, Fajardo, Humacao, Guayama, Ponce, Arecibo, Mayagüez, Bayamon, Peñuelas, and Caguas, serving meals, water, additional resources, and emotional/spiritual care.
    • In total, over 685,000 meals, drinks, and snacks have been distributed to those in need since the impact of Hurricane Maria.
  • In St. Thomas:
    • On September 30th, The Salvation Army received four massive containers with 1,800 boxes of meals for distribution. This will serve 21,612 meals to over 7,200 local survivors in need.
    • In partnership with My Brother’s Workshop, The Salvation Army has served nearly 18,000 lunches since Hurricane Irma.
    • The Salvation Army has distributed over 8,700 articles of clothing to individuals and families in need affected by Hurricane Maria. 

The Salvation Army is also operating in other cities in The Virgin Islands. The latest information comes from Friday, September 29, 2017:

  • In St. John:
    • The Salvation Army is partnering with a local cafe to serve 1,200 families each day.
  • In St. Croix:
    • The Salvation Army is serving nearly 1,000 families each day.

This season has seen an increase in disasters, and with that comes an increased call to action. The Salvation Army is dedicated to serving the essential needs of these communities in the immediate aftermath of this devastating series of hurricanes. The path to recovery is a long one, and The Salvation Army has a permanent footprint in these communities to provide aid along the way. For more information about our pre-hurricane preparations, please click here.

Financial contributions are still the best, fastest way to help. It allows charitable relief agencies to use monetary contributions to obtain exactly what survivors need at any given time. It's also easy to move to a disaster area, support local and state economies, and support businesses and workers that have suffered losses.

To make a donation, please visit: helpsalvationarmy.org.