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 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.