Virginia Beach, VA – The Salvation Army has dispatched local spiritual care personnel and a mobile feeding unit in response to the mass shooting that occurred Friday afternoon, May 31, at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center in Virginia. According to national news outlets, the incident is the 150th mass shooting in the U.S. so far in 2019 and the deadliest.
The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command and The Salvation Army of the Virginia Peninsula have been onsite since late Friday night. At the request of local authorities, Salvation Army officers provided emotional and spiritual care to victims’ families at the Family Emergency Center established by the city. In addition, a mobile feeding unit was stationed outside the center.
The Salvation Army will continue to be onsite throughout the weekend providing meals, snacks, beverages, and emotional and spiritual care to those impacted by the shooting and to the responding organizations. “The Salvation Army will continue to serve the Virginia Beach and surrounding community in His name for as long as we are needed,” said Captain Michael Good of The Salvation Army Virginia Peninsula Corps.
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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.