The Salvation Army quickly mobilized Emergency Disaster Services and offered support to first responders on Wednesday morning after a gunman opened fire on U.S. lawmakers. The victims had been practicing on a field in Alexandria, Virginia for an upcoming charity baseball game.
The incident took place around the corner from The Salvation Army Citadel Corps, located in the Del Ray section of the city. At least five people were hospitalized, including Rep. Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer, and members of the Capitol police force.
Around mid-morning, The Salvation Army’s FedEx canteen, which is a mobile feeding unit used in times of disaster, arrived near the perimeter of the shooting. Much-needed water and fruit were supplied, providing relief from the day’s rising heat. For lunch, Del Ray Pizzeria donated food for The Salvation Army to serve to first responders and investigators on the scene.
The Salvation Army is already making plans to extend services into the next few days if warranted necessary by officials. Additionally, other restaurants have offered donations of food for the canteen.
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The Salvation Army runs multiple Emergency Disaster Services across the country. Whether created by man or nature, when disaster strikes, trained volunteers are ready to assist in providing for the needs of the community at hand.
Future donations during extreme situations will allow The Salvation Army to continue to operate Emergency Disaster Services, which quickly responds on-site with qualified volunteers at any time of the day. Contributions assist in keeping food, water, and other services available during emergency situations.
For more information on The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services, visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.