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The Salvation Army Volunteers Offer Assistance in Macau
After Two Typhoons Hit in One Week
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Macau was lashed by typhoons Hato and Pakhar in one week. The Salvation Army Hong Kong and Macau Command utilised its resources in a joint relief effort, opening its Corps (Church) and service centres in Macau for collection of donated items. At the same time, over 100 volunteers were mobilised in teams for distribution of relief supplies, door-to-door checking and visits, cleaning the streets and recycling plastic bottles.
 
Teams of volunteers packed and distributed a thousand hygiene packs, each containing face masks, alcohol swabs, and a pamphlet on personal and environmental hygiene. The volunteers clear up refuse and disused articles on the streets to prevent outbreaks of infectious diseases. Because of the large consumption of bottled water, The Salvation Army collects the bottles through collection boxes and centres, from where the bottles are delivered to other recycling partners to help reduce waste. The Salvation Army personnel and volunteers also conduct door-to-door checking to look for residents in distress, with a special focus on elders living alone and persons with disability, understanding their practical needs and providing them with emotional and spiritual support.
 
The Salvation Army expresses their gratitude to Hong Kong citizens for their generous donation of 600 cartons of emergency supplies and to students of the University of Macau for their help in collecting donated materials. These supplies include bottled water, dried food, disinfectants, garbage bags, etc. In their joint efforts the victims may get back to normal life as soon as possible.
 
The Salvation Army in Macau

In 2000, the first Macau service unit – Iao Hon Corps and Community Service Centre – was established in the northern district to provide spiritual and community services to grassroots families. Later the Recycling Programme and Joy Family Integrated Service Centre were also established, followed by the (Macau) Learning Centre. Throughout these years, we have been a reliable partner to Macau people and connect different parties to care for those in need together. Apart from the community care services, The Salvation Army supports emergency relief in China and over the world.

 

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