Salvation Army Officers, Volunteers Offer Spiritual and Emotional Care; Canteens Deployed

Alexandria, Virginia – The Salvation Army continues to assist those impacted by the Boston Marathon explosions. Canteens were positioned at various sites throughout the city, including the servingUnified 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.

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The Salvation Army Officers, Volunteers to Offer Spiritual and Emotional Care; Two Canteens Deployed

Alexandria, Virginia – The Salvation Army is providing support to survivors and first responders in Boston, Massachusetts, after two explosions occurred near the Boston Marathond9cd4df0-6ae0-4882-a7da-06b4e626b8d3_Emergency-Response 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.
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