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Salvation Army accepting monetary donations for Typhoon Haiyan

By Kevin Maki, KECI Reporter, kmaki@keci.com
Published On: Nov 14 2013 05:16:01 PM MST
Updated On: Nov 14 2013 06:30:07 PM MST
Salvation Army accepting monetary donations for Typhoon Haiyan
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations instead of tangible ones like food or clothing to help disaster relief in the Philippines.

Salvation Army locations like the one in Missoula, are forwarding cash to headquarters in Manila. The Army said it is more convenient and practical than to try to ship supplies.

It said workers in the Philippines can better identify the needs and purchase items with less delay.

Missoula's headquarters is taking monetary donations on site, but it suggests going online to donate.

Missoula's Lieutenant Joshua Hamilton said monetary donations are sent directly to relief work aid.

"We are already in the Philippines before the typhoon hit because we have churches there already," said Lt. Hamilton. "So we were there before it hit and we'll be there long after recovery ended. So it's really easy for us to just send the money over there because we already have command stations out there."

The Salvation Army is also selling t-shirts. 100 percent of the profits will go to the Philippines typhoon relief.

For online donations: http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/TyphoonHaiyan

Telephone to designate a gift 1-800-SAL-ARMY You can also text the word "TYPHOON" TO 80888 to make a $10 donation. Confirm when prompted with "yes."