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The Salvation Army helping storm victims along East Coast

Monetary donations encouraged

LA CROSSE, Wis. - The Salvation Army is providing food and shelter to Super Storm Sandy victims along the East Coast.

Here are some of the organization's latest response efforts:

-In New Jersey, The Salvation Army is serving meals, snacks and drinks at 11 shelters in five counties. The organization said emergency response vehicles are ready to deploy if needed.

-In New York, The Salvation Army is coordinating with the local American Red Cross to provide volunteer support for shelters throughout Suffolk County.

-In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, The Salvation Army is working closely with the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management to ready three shelters within the city to help ensure those impacted by Hurricane Sandy will have access to essential services and safety.

-In North Carolina, Salvation Army volunteers worked for 34 hours feeding residents at a shelter in Morehead City. The Salvation Army in New Bern also served evacuees at a local shelter. Eight volunteers and two officers prepared 120 meals.

-In Virginia, The Salvation Army in Hampton Roads has been providing shelter since Saturday evening. A shelter in downtown Norfolk has served 350 meals and distributed 70 hygiene kits so far.

-In Maryland, The Salvation Army of Salisbury served lunch to more than 200 persons at a shelter on Sunday. The Army is also in assisting with sheltering and feeding activities in Annapolis and other parts of the state.

The Salvation Army is encouraging people to make monetary donations to help storm victims. You can text the word "STORM" to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone. To confirm your gift, respond with the word, "Yes." Right now, only monetary donations are being accepted for hurricane relief.

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