Salvation Army workers distribute emergency supplies to residents of Tocopilla, northern Chile.

From Salvation Army USA –

The Salvation Army continues to provide emergency services in Chile as many remain missing or without basic necessities. We are networking with other Christian evangelical groups to support and comfort those affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck February 27. Items that are being provided by these partners include donations of clothing, non-perishable foods, bed linens, cots, and tents.

As reported previously, the hardest hit areas of Chile are Concepcion (750,000 pop. and located slightly inland), Valdivia, Haulpen, and Tajquiana, a port city. The emergency disaster headquarters are being established at the Hualpencillo Salvation Army Corps which is located between the coast and Concepcion. Many of the tents erected at the Corps are displaced Salvation Army Officers and members whose homes have been washed away. An emergency disaster team brought a generator to provide electricity, as well as additional food to be packaged or cooked for survivors. One of the main ingredients that will be distributed is flour, as bread is a main Chilean staple for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

In the Santiago metropolitan region, approximately 1,500 – 2,000 persons are being served daily with hot meals, water, first aid items, and other emergency supplies. There is concern about food distribution due to the unrest and looting that has been occurring, so The Salvation Army is hopeful that we will be provided some protection from local police. Supplies are being purchased by funding already received from International Headquarters as well as local donations.

Some of the supplies that will be delivered include:

  • Milk donated by the Swiss government
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Clothing donated by Canada, USA Central, and USA Eastern territories
  • Linens including blankets and bedding
  • Tents
  • Purified water
  • Tools to assist with clearing efforts

You can donate to the relief efforts in Chile by texting “Chile” to 52000 or online at www.salvationarmyusa.org.