Baltimore, MD (May 3, 2015) - The Salvation Army of Central Maryland served neighbors from six mobile feeding canteens at North & Pennsylvania Avenues, City Hall, and other locations of the city this week as residents dealt with the aftermath of the recent Baltimore riots.
Requests from the Maryland Emergency Operations Center (MEMA) and The Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives came after protests turned into riots last Monday evening. As a first responder in disasters and emergencies, The Salvation Army officers promptly returned to the sites of unrest Tuesday morning. They offered sandwiches, snacks, water, helping hands, listening hearts and prayer to residents and volunteers who began the clean-up and healing process that started this week, but will continue for months to come.
“The Salvation Army provides comfort in times of crisis.” Majors Gene A. and Rebecca Hogg, Commander and Associate Commander, remarked as they lead a service initiative for 4500 citizens that mobilized 309 volunteer hours, 10 emergency vehicles, and 43 Salvation Army officers and staff persons. The outpouring of support contributed to the positive tone that was set by peaceful rallies as the week went on.
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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org, or call The Salvation Army of Central Maryland: 410-783-2920 to volunteer or donate.