Connecticut’s Community Service Massage Team mission is "To respond to the needs of the communities within Connecticut with the power of compassionate, professional touch in order to promote the health and welfare of humanity."
Luckily for the first and second responders of to the Boston Marathon Explosions, they extended their mission beyond their borders.
Red Cross volunteers and staff from around New England and New York helping with the recovery effort to the bombing were surprised April 19 when Wendy Payton, Shannon Saunders and Deborah Testa showed up at headquarters with massage chairs and an offer to help. Red Crossers used to be the ones offering help, at first didn’t know how to respond. But after admitting to working 12-hour shifts that involved lifting cases of water, sitting at desks manning three phone lines or driving trucks to incident command centers to support first responders, volunteers started to trickle up to the fourth floor. There, strained necks were soothed, pinched hands were rubbed and volunteers were helped by volunteers.
The Community Service Massage Team is made up of volunteers who give up their free time to serve others. They all have practices in their private lives, but donate their expertise in times of need. They responded on Sept. 11 to those helping New York’s recovery, and in the week after the attack on Boston, served first responders in Boston and Watertown.