National Salvation Army Week, May 13-18, 2019 Honoring the Work and Ministry of The Salvation Army in Galveston County
The Salvation Army in Galveston County is excited to celebrate National Salvation Army Week, May 13-18, 2019 and invites the community to join them at special events during the week.
In 1954, the week of November 18th - December 4th (now recognized in May) was declared by the United Stated Congress and proclaimed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to be the first National Salvation Army Week, as a reminder to Americans to give freely of themselves. In his speech, President Eisenhower said:
“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.”
Special activities planned for National Salvation Army Week 2019 include:
Today, The Salvation Army is at work in 130 countries around the world. Here in the USA in 2018 the organization provided more than 57 million meals, more than 10 million nights of shelter, created safe places for 1.5 million kids to go after school, and supported more than 275,000 survivors of disasters. With more than 7,500 centers of operation in the U.S., The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to meet need in Jesus’ name, without discrimination – wherever it exists. In 2018 The Salvation Army in Galveston County provided 55,685 hot meals, 29,533 nights of shelter, assisted 371 families with emergency financial assistance and provided Christmas gifts for 1012 children.
“National Salvation Army Week presents a wonderful opportunity for us to let the community know more about the work of The Salvation Army in Galveston County” said Captain Patrick Jones, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army. “It is also a time when we want to recognize and celebrate the partners, supporters, and volunteers who make the ministry of the Army possible. We invite everyone to join us as we celebrate National Salvation Army Week.”
For more information, or to make a donation, please call The Salvation Army of Galveston County at (409) 763-1691 or visit us online at www.salvationarmytexas.org
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org
Contact: Captain Patrick Jones, Galveston County Regional Coordinator - 409-763-1691
Holly McDonald, Director of Development- 409-763-1691, ext. 75313