Released 17 April 2013
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Salvation Army Provides Assistance in Boston
Army responders are assisting people impacted by the Boston Marathon explosions
in the USA. Emergency feeding canteens have been positioned at various sites
throughout the city, including the Unified Command Post, the Family Assistance
Center and Kenmore Square. An additional canteen roved throughout the impacted
area supplying food, snacks and beverages to those in need. More than 1,729
meals and drinks were supplied to victims, families and first responders over
the first night of the response.
The Salvation Army will remain on
site at the Family Assistance Center, located at Park Plaza Castle, as long as
support is needed.
The runners, their families, and the first
responders also received emotional and spiritual care from 12 Salvation Army
officers (ministers) and 23 Salvation Army staff/volunteers. Eight Salvation
Army officers were deployed to various hospitals throughout the Boston area
offering pastoral care as needed.
The Salvation Army continues to
collaborate with the Office of Emergency Management, the Fire Department, the
Police Department, Sparks, the Red Cross, the Department of Child, Youth and
Families (DCYF), Riverside Trauma and the Boston Public Health Commission.
General Linda Bond, international leader of The Salvation Army, sent a
message of support through her Twitter account. 'Let's pray for all those
affected by this horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon,' she said.
regular updates, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org
by Major Ivan Rock