National Salvation Army Week celebrates 60 years
National Salvation Army Week has reached a milestone: 60 years.
“On this diamond anniversary, we celebrate the true gems of The Salvation Army – our volunteers and supporters,” said Lt. Col. Robert Thomson, Salvation Army Northern Division Commander.
This year’s National Salvation Army Week runs May 13–19. The event is The Salvation Army’s way of thanking the volunteers and donors who’ve made the organization one of the world’s largest and most trusted charities.
Last year, in Minnesota and North Dakota, more than 80,500 volunteers and countless donors helped The Salvation Army provide food, shelter, youth services, disaster relief and more to about 481,000 people.
“Not only is National Salvation Army Week a time of thanks, it’s also a time for new volunteers and donors to join our important mission,” Thomson said. “In addition, this time of year is typically when giving decreases but the need for Salvation Army services increases. Any extra help we can get right now will have a big impact.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the first National Salvation Army Week in 1954 as a reminder to Americans to give freely of themselves, saying, “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of brotherhood.”