The most urgent need from the Salvation Army to jump start Haitian relief--your donations.
The 11Alive/Salvation Army Phone Bank raised more than $30,000 in 2 hours Wednesday Night, but the Salvation Army reminds Metro Atlanta that more money is needed to significantly jumpstart Haitian relief efforts.
Donations can now be made by going to the Salvation Army website at www.salvationarmyatlanta.org.
For one Salvation Army Executive, Major Ron Busroe feels the devastation in Haiti more than most.
He lived there for 6 years and led the 150 person Salvation Army team throughout the country.
Now based in Atlanta, Major Busroe says his Haitian home is now gone; his office is gone; and many of his friends have been killed.
"The house we lived in for 6 years that Salvation Army has owned for 50 years was totally destroyed by this disaster," Major Busroe said.
"Across the street from where my office were probably 150,000 people living in small houses built on government land, concrete blocks---all those houses have collapsed," he added.
Major Busroe is on his way back to Haiti to assess the urgent need for aid and supervise relief efforts.
Also responding quickly, the worldwide Atlanta based humanitarian organization CARE..
"We are sending 5 of our experts who will support food distribution, water and sanitation work, and we're mobilizing our resources across the Globe to support this effort," said Steve Hollingworth, Chief Operating Officer of CARE.
And the Atlanta Chapter of the Red Cross is sending a multi-lingual coordinator to work onsite in Port au Prince.
"The Red Cross has also pledged $1 Million dollars from the National offices to the relief effort, and we have opened a warehouse in Panama to ship over tarps, mosquito nets and cooking sets," said Ruben Brown of the Red Cross.
For the Salvation Army, CARE and the Red Cross this is just the beginning.