Released 10 August 2008
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Salvation Army Serves Security Forces at Sailfest
Salvation Army volunteer Henry Lavalee serves drinks to New London, Conn. police officers on duty at Sailfest 2008. Henry is a member of two fire departments and an ambulance company as well as volunteering on the New London Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services team. The gator Henry is driving was loaned by D.W. Marvin & Son of Colchester.
NEW LONDON - The Salvation Army of New London, Conn., provided much appreciated drinks and meals to the law enforcement personnel on duty during Sailfest 2008 on Saturday, July 12. Approximately 300,000 people came to the New London waterfront to enjoy what is billed the premiere summertime event of Southeastern Connecticut. The three-day festival with the theme, "Celebrating Diversity in our Community," boasts the second largest fireworks display in the country. Ten other police departments and agencies lent a hand to New London's police department in keeping order. The Salvation Army had a mobile feeding canteen at police headquarters stocked with sandwiches, chili, clam chowder, fresh fruit and an assortment of drinks and snacks. In addition to serving at headquarters, a team of two Salvation Army volunteers drove a Gator loaned by D.W. Marvin & Son of Colchester, Conn., from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m., serving drinks and snacks to all the law enforcement personnel on duty. Under the direction of team leader Leroy Tift, 16 Salvation Army volunteers served 500 personnel several hundred meals, snacks, and drinks, as well as 52 lbs of fresh fruit over a period of 16 and one half hours. The Salvation Army New London mobile feeding canteen is on duty year-round, serving at fires, disasters, DUI checks, and public service events. Last year the canteen made 126 calls and served 12,387 people, using 4,248 volunteer hours.