The Salvation Army to Send Financial Aid to Peru Following Earthquake

    TORONTO, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - After a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit the coastal
area of Peru on August 16, 2007 and left hundreds dead, The Salvation Army in
Canada is sending $50,000 USD to support the relief efforts.
    Salvation Army relief teams are concentrating their efforts of the town
of Pisco, where a significant number of the buildings were destroyed and many
people lost their lives. These workers are meeting immediate human need by
providing food, water, and clothing as well as gloves and masks for rescue
    Lieut-Colonel Susan McMillan is a Canadian Salvation Army officer serving
as the Chief Secretary (second in command) of the South America West Territory
in which Peru is included. "Our officers have determined that there is a great
need for our assistance in the town of Pisco and that is where we are
concentrating our efforts. We have ascertained that the immediate needs for
the village are water, food, surgical gloves, masks, blankets and mattresses.
Pisco appears to be the worst hit area, but the roads to Ica, Chincha and
Canete are cut," says Colonel McMillan.
    Following the immediate response, Salvation Army personnel will conduct
an assessment of needs to determine next steps and prepare an official
proposal. It is estimated that between 10,000 and 15,000 people will receive
assistance from The Salvation Army.
    The Salvation Army has been active in Peru since 1910, providing service
that includes social services, health care, community centres and worship
    Please support The Salvation Army's relief effort in Peru. Financial
contributions can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769), by visiting
our website,, by mailing donations to The Salvation Army
Territorial Headquarters, Canada and Bermuda, 2 Overlea Blvd., Toronto,
Ontario M4H 1P4, or dropping off financial donations at the closest Salvation
Army unit in your area. Donors should specify their gift to the Peruvian
Earthquake Relief Fund.

    The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began
its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest
non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The
Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday
in 400 communities across Canada and 111 countries around the world. The
Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often
tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people
and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an
    When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of
marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

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For further information:

For further information: Andrew Burditt, Territorial Public Relations
Director, The Salvation Army, (416) 845-8231,

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