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Salvation Army in Connecticut Responds to School Shooting Tragedy

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Released 18 December 2012

Salvation Army in Connecticut Responds to School Shooting Tragedy

THE Salvation Army, being part of the community, has provided food and support to the people of Newtown, Connecticut, USA, after 26 peopleࠖ including 20 childrenࠖ lost their lives in a gun attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Southern New England divisional leaders, Majors Dave and Eunice Champlin, supported people who had lost loved ones at the evening vigil on Friday 14 Decemberࠖ the night of the shootingࠖ along with divisional headquarters officers Majors Steven and Valerie Lopes, and Captain Todd Hughes (corps officer from neighbouring Danbury). Through the Newtown Service Unit, The Salvation Army offered food and emotional and spiritual care. Local agencies are currently providing counselling.

On Saturday a canteen from the New London Corpsࠖ about 80 miles east of Newtownࠖ arrived to serve meals at the Sandy Hook Fire Department. The canteen was no longer required after Sunday but remains on stand-by, pending further need.

On Sunday evening Majors Champlin, representing The Salvation Army, joined other members of the clergy at a vigil attended by President Barack Obama.

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