Salvation Army Continues to Serve Christmas Day Bombing Survivors

December 31, 2020
Christopher McGown | christopher.mcgown@uss.salvationarmy.org | (502) 777-6640

Nashville, TN –  The Salvation Army has continued to serve those impacted by the unprecedented bombing in downtown Nashville.

Working closely with local, state, and federal authorities, Salvation Army staff immediately began to serve evacuees from the area as well as those responding.   Soon after the initial response, The Salvation Army provided much-needed resources to residents of a youth hostel who had to be quickly evacuated and relocated across the city.

As part of the federal response, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has activated trained Victim Specialists to conduct needs assessments for displaced residents and employees now unable to work.   The Salvation Army is playing an important role as survivors are connected to local resources.  

“For more than 120 years, the Nashville Salvation Army has worked to meet human needs at the point of need and to do so in the most efficient way.  We knew the work of FBI Victim Services Division personnel would be the best way to get help to those who needed it most.” Major Ethan Frizzell said.   Frizzell, along with his wife, leads The Salvation Army’s work in Nashville.  

In coordination with the FBI, The Salvation Army has been able to provide survivors with needed financial assistance along with connections to dedicated case management to help ensure long-term needs are addressed.

“Our Victim Services team has been able to ensure that those impacted by the explosion in downtown Nashville received immediate and important resources from The Salvation Army.  We are grateful for the effort made by The Salvation Army to provide this much-needed assistance to those affected in their time of need,” said Special Agent in Charge Douglas M. Korneski, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Memphis Field Office. 

" ’We Stand With Nashville,’ isn’t just a rallying cry for today, it echoes our mission to serve through the generous support of this community,” Frizzell added.  "Together we are Nashville Strong."   To learn more about The Salvation Army’s response, request assistance, or support the effort, text STRONG to 484848 or visit www.SalvationArmyNashville.org.

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