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The Salvation Army Continues Service Following Boston Marathon Tragedy

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The Salvation Army is providing support to survivors and first responders in Boston, Massachusetts, following the explosions that occurred near the Boston Marathon finish line yesterday, which resulted in at least three deaths and left more than 140 people injured.

Four Salvation Army canteens (mobile feeding kitchens) were positioned at various sites throughout the city, including the Unified Command Post, the Family Assistance Center at the Park Plaza Castle, and Kenmore Square. The canteens were mobilized to Boston from nearby Salvation Army locations in Malden, Fitchburg, New Bedford, and Springfield. The Salvation Army will remain on-site at the Family Assistance Center as long as support is needed.

As of this afternoon, 2,229 meals, snacks and beverages were supplied to the survivors, families and first responders. The survivors and first responders also received emotional and spiritual care from 12 Salvation Army officers and 23 Salvation Army staff and volunteers. Eight Salvation Army officers were also deployed to each of the area hospitals where the injured were transported to be on-hand if pastoral care was needed.

The Salvation Army is in constant communication with city and state emergency personnel, and will continue to provide support as needed and requested. The Salvation Army is collaborating with the Office of Emergency Management, the Boston Fire Department, the Boston Police Department, Sparks, the American Red Cross, the Department of Child, Youth and Families (DCYF), Riverside Trauma, and the Boston Public Health Commission.

“The Salvation Army will be on-site for as long as needed to provide support. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston and all who were impacted by the explosions,” said Major Ron Busroe, National Community Relations & Development Secretary.

The Salvation Army is extremely gratified for the continued support of the public. At this time, the best way to be of assistance is to make a financial contribution at www.salvationarmyma.org/marathonrelief.

Personnel trained in crisis response are providing service. If you would like to volunteer for future needs or to be trained in disaster response, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Please continue to pray for those so dramatically impacted by this tragedy.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Update on The Salvation Army’s Response in Boston, MA

Boston Marathon Response Canteen

An update from Major Dave Kelly, the Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army’s Massachusettes Division:

The Salvation Army positioned three canteens at various sites, as requested by city leadership and first responders. Two of those sites finished up service earlier in the evening, but the City set up a central gathering place for those most impacted by the bombing. The central gathering place is at the large, civic function annex of the Park Plaza hotel….interestingly, the same location we use for our Christmas distribution program. Meals were being served by the Army, and the Boston Mental Health Department, with whom we have an existing close relationship from other events, was also on hand to provide support. Many emergency services personnel came, as well as some runners, and others impacted by the bombing or resulting building evacuations.

In addition to the canteens providing service, Salvation Army officers were sent to each of the area hospitals (where the injured were transported) to be on hand if pastoral care was needed. We thank God for the meaningful conversations that occurred during this difficult time.

I am deeply grateful for the quick response, compassionate spirits, and heart for ministry with which our officers, staff, and volunteers responded. Canteens from Malden, Fitchburg, New Bedford, and Springfield were all on hand to provide assistance, serve meals, and to encourage and support. Special thanks to the The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) for arranging for the delivery of some clothing items to assist those runners who were still wearing their running gear many hours after the race had been suspended. The Army was well represented by the actions of our people, and “a cup of cold water in Jesus name” will long be remembered by those who came to us for help and support.

A canteen will be on duty throughout the evening, and we will be providing breakfast in the morning at the “Castle” (as Bostonians would know that facility), and additional meals as needed throughout the day.

Salvation Army Providing Support in Boston, MA

Boston Marathon Response Canteen

Boston, MA (April 15, 2013) – The Salvation Army is providing support to survivors and first responders in Boston, Massachusetts, after two explosions occurred near the Boston Marathon finish line this afternoon. The blasts caused at least two deaths and dozens of injuries for runners and spectators.

Salvation Army officers and volunteers are en route to the scene with two canteens (mobile kitchens) to provide spiritual and emotional support; one to the staging area for emergency responders, and one where families are gathering. In addition to food and beverage services, officers who are trained in crisis counseling will be at the relevant locations to provide emotional and spiritual care.

The Salvation Army is in constant communication with city and state emergency personnel, and will be providing support as needed and requested.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston and all who were impacted by the explosions.

To support The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services, please visit https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/.