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Released 15 April 2013
Source: Salvation Army,
National Headquarters Xenophon Strategies
Relations Bob Brady
(703) 400-3247 (202) 680-4951
Local Contact: Salvation Army, Milwaukee County
Faithe Colas, Community Relations Director
Salvation Army to Provide Assistance
Following Boston Marathon Explosions
Salvation Army Officers,
Volunteers to Offer Spiritual and Emotional Care;
Two Canteens Deployed
(April 16, 2013 UPDATE, 4:15
PM) 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.
o The canteens were mobilized to Boston from
nearby Salvation Army locations in Malden, Fitchburg, New Bedford, and
o 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
o 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
· 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 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.
Salvation Army Statements
Major Ron Busroe, National Community Relations &
· “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
Major David Kelly, Divisional Commander, Massachusetts
· “I am deeply grateful for
the quick response, compassionate spirits, and heart for ministry with which
our officers, staff, and volunteers responded.”
Major Ivan Rock, General Secretary, Massachusetts Division
· “Please continue to pray for those so
dramatically impacted by this tragedy.”
Alexandria, Virginia (April 16, 2013
UPDATE 11:30 AM) - 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
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
To donate to The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services efforts:
• Give Online at: Donate.SalvationArmyUSA.org.
• Give by
Alexandria, Virginia (April 15, 2013 UPDATE) – The
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
personnel, and will be providing support as needed and requested.
For continued updates and more information from The Salvation Army, please
visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, Blog.SalvationArmyUSA.org, Twitter 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 www.salvationarmyusa.org.