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The Salvation Army of Greater Hartford participated as a charity for the first time in the Hartford Marathon.

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services canteen was located at Bushnell Park in Hartford. Volunteers, along with Advisory Board Members, handed out over 900 meals to Hartford Marathon volunteers and responders, along with 1,200 snacks and drinks.

“It’s wonderful for The Salvation Army to be a part of community events. We love the Greater Hartford community and we’re invested in the lives of our neighbors and those whom we serve,” said Major Migdalia Lavenbein, Greater Hartford Area Services Coordinator.

“The Hartford Marathon was a great opportunity to get out into the community and serve volunteers and responders who so generously gave their time throughout the day. It’s also a great opportunity to educate people about The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services and the variety of ways in which we serve,” said Chris Farrand, Regional Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army.

In recent weeks, The Salvation Army has activated mass response efforts after two devastating hurricanes made landfall in Puerto Rico and Florida. The presence of Emergency Disaster Services volunteers at events such as the Hartford Marathon serves the dual purpose of providing refreshments for those in attendance, as well as a being a great exercise to prepare and plan for when a disaster strikes our communities.

Along with providing refreshments, The Salvation Army had three relay teams participate in the marathon.

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About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army annually helps nearly 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit