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THE SALVATION ARMY PROVIDING COMPASSION AND CARE TO ALABAMA COMMUNITIES FOLLOWING MASS SHOOTING

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Released 12 March 2009

Dothan, Ala. Throughout the late evening hours and early morning of March 10 and 11, The Salvation Army disaster response team from Dothan, Alabama responded throughout portions of southeast Alabama to communities coping with the shock of a shooting spree that has left nine deceased and many others searching for answers.

One disaster response team has served coffee and meals to law enforcement personnel throughout the night. Additionally, Lieutenant Jonathan Howell of The Salvation Army in Dothan has been providing emotional and spiritual support to law enforcement officers and residents searching for answers in the midst of tragedy.

“As these communities search for answers and begin the grieving process, The Salvation Army is seeking to be a calming and uplifting presence to residents of Geneva and Coffee counties,” emphasized Lieutenant Jonathan Howell of The Salvation Army in Dothan. “Our hearts, prayers and hands go out to the families and victims of Tuesday’s shootings.”

The Salvation Army will continue emotional and spiritual support to first responders and residents of Geneva County.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in these areas may do so by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by visiting www.salvationarmyusa.org or by contacting their nearest Salvation Army Corps.

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865.

Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through provides food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing, shelter and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or send a check to your local Salvation Army earmarked for disaster relief.

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Contact:
Mark Jones, Public Relations Director
(601) 969-7560 ext. 229
Cell: (601) 214-1545
Mark_Jones@uss.salvationarmy.org


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