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Offering prayer and counsel in Las Vegas

Offering prayer and counsel in Las Vegas

Offering prayer and counsel in Las Vegas

3 October 2017

As part of their emergency response in the aftermath of Sunday night's mass shooting in Las Vegas, The Salvation Army has set up a mobile canteen to provide food and water to those waiting in long lines to donate blood at the United Blood Services Donation Bank.

Salvation Army officers from the Southern Nevada Division are serving at four hospitals in Las Vegas where the victims are being treated following the mass shooting in the city on Sunday night.

Officers are providing emotional and spiritual care to those affected by the tragedy, where a lone gunman opened fire on a Las Vegas concert in the deadliest shooting in US history. So far, 58 people have been confirmed dead and over 500 have sustained injuries.

“We ask that everyone please pray for the families and friends of those who have lost their lives or were injured, as well as the first responders and Salvation Army officers and employees who are serving and ministering to the community,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Kelly Pontsler, Southwest Divisional Commander.

Officers are providing prayer and counsel at the two hospitals where the vast majority of victims are being treated – University Medical Center Hospital, which is in lockdown, and Sunrise Hospital. Additional officers have also been sent to two other hospitals where more victims are being treated.

According to Clark County Coordinator Randy Kinnamon, there is a tremendous need for life-saving blood donations. The Salvation Army has dispatched a mobile canteen to the United Blood Services location and is also considering other locations in the city to station mobile canteens.

Social Services Director Phillip Hollon is working with local first responders to determine other ways that The Salvation Army can be of assistance. Officials are also evaluating needs at the Thomas and Mack Center, which has been opened up as a shelter.








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