Salvation Army collecting monetary donations for Irma, Harvey victims

Volunteers helping to load relief supplies onto Schooner Ruth on Monday evening. The vessel set sail for Anguilla on Tuesday

Volunteers helping to load relief supplies onto Schooner Ruth on Monday evening. The vessel set sail for Anguilla on Tuesday

"If you can volunteer with the charity, you can see what they are actually doing".

More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. "Also (I'll be) checking the food that's being served", he said.

They are only collecting money because they feel as though they can spread financial help easier and more quickly to those who are struggling than actual supplies. They will help with recovery efforts in Naples and Fort Myers.

Kody Crosson, Assistant Divisional Emergency Services Director, said he's excited to get to Florida and start helping people. He also says more north county Salvation Army volunteers could be called to join him if needed.

Officials with The Salvation Army are expecting that relief effort will be on going for a while because of the impact Irma had on Florida and the Caribbean over the weekend, into the beginning of this week. Deployment lasts around 14 days.

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