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Released 15 April 2013

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explosion salvation army emergency disaster servicesSource: Salvation Army, National Headquarters Xenophon Strategies
Media Relations Bob Brady
(703) 400-3247 (202) 680-4951

Local Contact: Salvation Army, Milwaukee County
Faithe Colas, Community Relations Director
Faithe_Colas@usc.salvationarmy. org


Salvation Army to Provide Assistance Following Boston Marathon Explosions
Salvation Army Officers, Volunteers to Offer Spiritual and Emotional Care; Two Canteens Deployed

Alexandria, Virginia (April 16, 2013 UPDATE) - The Salvation Army continues to assist those impacted by the Boston Marathon explosions. Canteens were 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.

As of this morning, 1,729 meals, drinks were supplied to the victims, the families and first responders. The Salvation Army will remain on site at the Family Assistance Center, located at the 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 and 23 Salvation Army staff/volunteers. 8 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.

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

To donate to The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services efforts:
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• Give by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY


Alexandria, Virginia (April 15, 2013 UPDATE) – 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 have deployed two canteens (mobile feeding kitchens) to downtown Boston; one of the canteens will be stationed at the staging area for emergency responders, and the other will be stationed at a gathering spot for impacted families. Salvation Army officers who are trained in crisis counseling are also headed to relevant locations to provide emotional and spiritual care.

"The Salvation Army will be onsite 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 and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army.

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

For continued updates and more information from The Salvation Army, please visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.orgBlog.SalvationArmyUSA.orgTwitter and Facebook.


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


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