Members of the Indiana Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services deployed to New Jersey to aid FEMA with Sandy recovery.

Jerry Larsen, Indiana Emergency Disaster Service Director, left Friday to work at a joint-field office as a Liaison Officer for The Salvation Army to FEMA.

“I’m just processing what’s here by giving data to the instant command,” Larsen said.  “As time goes by, they need people to come and fill positions. As recovery moves on, they still need help. People have been here since the start.”

Rush Yelverton, a retired US Army Colonel and Salvation Army volunteer, arrived in Newark early Monday afternoon. He will act as a Logistics Chief for the Incident Command located at The Salvation Army’s Divisional Headquarters.

“It’s just a constant series of supply and delivery phone calls,” Yelverton said. “As things transition from response to recovery, we have to consolidate and have supplies on hand to distribute.”

Yelverton added that The Salvation Army Corps have been busy aiding in response and are now starting to receive the supplies they need.

The Salvation Army Indiana is also busy locally trying to reach its Tree of Lights campaign goal of $3.3 million dollars. The money raised now through January 31 will be used to support Salvation Army programs in central Indiana.

Donations can be made at any of the more than 140 Red Kettles sprinkled throughout central Indiana, by visiting or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. You can also make a donation by texting GIVE to 80888.

Consider donating a new, unwrapped toy to our Angel or WISH tree programs. All toys will make their way to The Salvation Army Christmas City Toy Shop, where parents can “shop” for presents for their children.