The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services concluded 24 straight hours of service Wednesday night in Philadelphia at the site of the train derailment that resulted in 8 fatalities and over 200 injuries. Personnel and volunteers from The Salvation Army served a total of roughly 300 meals and more than 35 gallons of drinks at the Family Reception Center to those affected.
Trained Emotional and Spiritual Care personnel were at the site, where they spent 16 hours supporting first responders and train passengers. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those affected by this tragedy.
About The Salvation Army
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.