Broward County, FL â€“ The Salvation Army of Broward and Palm Beach Counties continue to serve in the aftermath of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Immediately following the shooting, Majors Keath and Candice Biggers, Fort Lauderdale Area Commanders, reported to the Broward Countyâ€™s Emergency Operations Center to help assess community needs and offer The Salvation Armyâ€™s assistance. Mobile feeding units from Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach were deployed to serve water, coffee, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders last evening.
The Salvation Army met this morning with community officials at the Parkland Recreation and Enrichment Center to coordinate efforts to be offered throughout the day. A prayer vigil to honor the victims is scheduled this evening at the same location. The Salvation Army mobile feeding units will be on hand prior to the vigil to deliver meals, drinks and snacks. Additionally, Salvation Army Officers, staff and volunteers from Ft. Lauderdale Area Command will be available during and after the vigil offering emotional and spiritual care.
Major Keath Biggers is coordinating with local officials to address the needs of the community as they arise.
â€œWe have seen first hand the pain and sorrow in the community, and we grieve with them,â€� said Major Keath Biggers. â€œWe are ready to help the community in whatever capacity needed.â€�
In 2016, only a few hours away from Parkland, The Salvation Army supported families and responders following the tragedy at The Pulse Nighclub. Over the course of three weeks volunteers, staff and emotional and spiritual care specialists provided financial assistance as well as food and beverages to survivors, families and emergency responders. The foundation of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services is to provide hope in times of crisis and right now The Salvation Army world-wide is surrounding Parkland and all of Broward County with thoughts and prayers. The Salvation Army will continue to serve survivors and families as they seek to recover from this senseless tragedy.
For additional information on The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, log on to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.