The Salvation Army Responds to Tragic School Shootings in Florida

February 14, 2018
Christopher Priest | | (678) 485-4735

Tampa, FL - The Salvation Army has dispatched two mobile feeding units to provide support to first responders, survivors and family members affected by today's tragic shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkman, Florida, where multiple fatalities and injuries were reported. 

The first mobile feeding unit deployed to the site was from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with Major Albert Cancia, the Fort Lauderdale corps officer, on board.  A second unit from West Palm Beach, Florida, is staffed by Major Pierre Smith, the Palm Beach Area Commander.  The units have been serving first responders at the scene. In addition, Major Keath Biggers, the Fort Lauderdale Area Commander, has been at the Broward County Emergency Management Center coordinating with local officials to determine what needs can be met by The Salvation Army.

In addition to providing food and drinks, The Salvation Army is also providing emotional and spiritual care to both first responders and those who have been affected by this tragic event.

The international leader of The Salvation Army General Andre Cox shared his sympathies on social media, saying, "My prayers are with the victims and their families following the shooting in Florida.  May love, care, consideration and compassion win over evil, hatred, violence and destruction."  The Salvation Army asks the public for prayers, in remembrance of those who lost their lives, for grieving friends and families, for healing and comfort for those injured, and for strength and protection for all those responding.

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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 ( 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 or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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