Happy National Salvation Army Week!
It’s officially here! Today we kick off the 61st Annual National Salvation Army Week. Each year, this week serves as an opportunity to celebrate our volunteers, donors and program beneficiaries who have enabled us to serve in the United States for 134 years.
This week of recognition was first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 – 74 years after The Salvation Army arrived in the United States.
“Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human 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 us all.”
So, we say ‘thank you’ to the three million volunteers who give of their time and talents to The Salvation Army and provide critical services to communities, families and individuals in need. That’s 8,000 volunteers “Doing the Most Good” for their neighbors each day!
Without our volunteers 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, clothing and shelter to the homeless, opportunities for underprivileged children, relief for disaster victims, camping programs for youth and much more, 365 days a year.
On Wednesday, May 14, The Chattanooga Salvation Army celebrates by offering a free concert at Miller Plaza downtown from 12 – 1 PM. We’ll thank some of our “extra-effort” volunteers including Outstanding Volunteer Group, the Volunteer of the Year and our Outstanding Corporate Sponsors, Bell Ringers and Advisory Board Member. We’ll also recognize other special friends. Please bring your lunch and join us. We hope to see you there!