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The Salvation Army responds to Orlando nightclub shooting

14 June 2016

The Salvation Army responds to Orlando nightclub shooting

Caption: The Salvation Army's emergency canteen supporting first responders in Orlando, Florida.

The Salvation Army's disaster relief team in Orlando, Florida, is providing food and drink to emergency responders dealing with the aftermath of a shooting at Pulse nightclub that left 50 people dead and another 53 injured.

Orlando Area Commander Major Ted Morris, who is working with local officials and offering additional support as needed, says: “Our local disaster team members immediately reached out to ask how they could help their neighbours. This is why we train, this is why our volunteers serve and we are here to comfort those impacted across our community. Right now, as we respond with hydration and food, we ask everyone to join us in praying for those families who lost loved ones and those who struggle to recover in hospitals around our area.”

The Salvation Army's international leader, General André Cox, has called on Salvationists and friends from around the world to “demonstrate God’s mercy in a practical and tangible way”. He offers prayers for everyone affected by the tragedy, and for “President Obama and government officials who need to provide leadership in these days”.

Salvation Army units around Florida have been placed on standby to support families and responders as needed. Emotional and spiritual care teams are also ready to support the central Florida community as it comes to terms with the tragedy.

Report courtesy of International Headquarters

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