A vigil will be held tonight, August 14, at 6 p.m. for the community affected by the explosion and fire that killed at least three, injured scores and displaced almost 100 people at the Flower Branch apartments in Silver Spring on Wednesday. The service will begin at the Long Branch Library, 8800 Garland Avenue, Silver Spring. Participants will process to a nearby site for music, prayers and brief reflections.
The service will last no more than an hour and much of it will be conducted in Spanish, the primary language of the community affected by the blast.
The Washington Post has information on how to help in the recovery effort. The Montgomery Housing Partnership is accepting financial donations online (indicate LONG BRANCH FIRE in the ‘comment’ box.) CASA de Maryland is helping to coordinate relief efforts.
Episcopal clergy and congregations in southern Montgomery County are providing pastoral care and facilitating relief efforts.