Happy National Salvation Army Week!
Today is the first day of National Salvation Army Week, May 13-17. In 1954, 74 years after The Salvation Army arrived in the United States, President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the first National Salvation Army Week. During his proclamation, he stated:
“Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of all.”
To The Salvation Army, National Salvation Army week is a time to thank all of our generous donors and volunteers who allow us to accomplish all that we do. Without their support, we would not be able to provide the wide array of programs and services that include: food for the hungry, gifts and counsel to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, opportunities for underprivileged children, relief for disaster victims, assistance to the disabled, early childhood learning centers, camping programs for youth, seniors and veterans and much more, 365 days a year.
Last year in the Greater Chattanooga area, 18,078 volunteers gave 49,471 hours of service! That’s amazing! We simply could not Do the Most Good for those in need without the wonderful volunteers that help us throughout the year! Thank you to all volunteers who have so generously given of your time and energy for the betterment of others!