Emergency Disaster Services Team Serves Security Personel at NFL Draft

Apr 26, 2024

Left to right: EDS director Chuck McDougall, EDS volunteers Brett, Arnold and Renee

As Detroit kicked off the NFL Draft on Thursday, an event it has not hosted in over 100 years, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services canteens set up throughout the city to serve law enforcement and first responders.

Led by EDS Eastern Regional Director Chuck McDougall, the team set up three canteens: one at the Public Safety Headquarters, one at the Department of Transportation headquarters, and one at Huntington Place

Chuck McDougall grills jumbo beef hot dogs

Food being served includes jumbo beef hot dogs, stew, chips, and pop. On Saturday, Chef Michael Block, the classically trained chef who runs the kitchen at The Salvation Army Harbor Light System, will be serving food including Barbeque chicken mac and cheese.

With such a historic event, McDougall is expecting large numbers this weekend.

“I’m sure we’ll have them lined up. They’re putting out extra law enforcement and everything else, so that’s what we’re here for, to help all of them out,” McDougall said.

EDS canteen at the Public Safety Headquarters in Detroit

Detroit police prepare for heavy crowds downtown

The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services ministers to people in need during disasters. In the Great Lakes Division, a dozen disaster response teams, directed by trained personnel, are on call to serve at all disasters and civil disorders which may place a community at risk, or disrupt family security and well-being.

Mobile canteens provide food, temporary shelter, blankets, communications, pastoral counseling, emergency lighting, clean-up kits and referrals to Salvation Army centers. By partnering with various agencies, disaster services are provided in the most efficient manner possible.

EDS is comprised of enthusiastic volunteers who go into disaster zones to minister to first responders and anyone else in need on the site. You can learn more about EDS here

Detroit police officer ready to enjoy a hot dog at the canteen

If you are inspired by the work done by our generous EDS team you can support The Salvation Army Great Lakes Division with your donation, or look for opportunities to volunteer.



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