Florence, S.C. (October 4, 2018) – On Wednesday afternoon, October 3, 2018, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster personnel in Florence, South Carolina deployed a mobile feeding unit and team to provide neighborhood residents, law enforcement and other first responders food, drinks, and emotional and spiritual care following an active shooter incident in a residential area. One law enforcement officer was killed and six others were wounded.
“It’s heartbreaking. We should be heartbroken. But this is an opportunity to come together as a community and love one another in the name of Jesus,” said Lt. Michael McGee of The Salvation Army. “As a community, we can lift one another up. We are going to do what we can to get through this together.”
The Salvation Army mobile feeding unit and crew was already serving local communities impacted by Hurricane Florence and responded quickly when the request from local emergency management was received.
Following the incident the neighborhood was blocked off and an estimated 50 residents could not return home. “I left my house to run to the store- I have five dollars with me. I have my kids with me and they’re hungry,” said one neighborhood resident. Salvation Army officers and feeding crews delivered meals to the line of cars waiting for the neighborhood to reopen.
“A meal is just a meal until you are hungry,” added McGee. “Residents are lined up in cars waiting to get into the neighborhood. Law enforcement officials and first responders are working tirelessly to ensure public safety and investigate the incident. It’s supper time and we are here to feed people and nourish their souls.”
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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.