Last week, Mike Jones, a Salvation Army Board Member, was humbled to receive a Congressional Badge of Bravery for his heroic deeds from December 14, 2010. It was on this day that Mike shot an angry, gun-wielding man, saving the lives of several school board members who were taken hostage at their own meeting in Panama City, FL.
“Receiving this badge was my chance to thank my family, friends and mentors who have molded me. It’s important to remember that other people help build your character.”
This coming Monday, January 16 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Since the “King Holiday and Service Act” was passed in 1994, this traditional holiday off of work has become a day “on” for volunteerism and community service events. Salvation Army locations across the country are right on board, hosting a variety of events throughout this weekend that will provide you with the opportunity to give back to your community.
“There is a city to build. There is a country to save. Do not be an observer, become a builder.”
In January 2011, one year after a 7.0 earthquake rocked the country of Haiti, these inspirational words were spoken at a Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving in Port-au-Prince. The speaker was Divisional Commander Major Lucien Lamartiniere, himself a victim of the disaster.
Did you know The Salvation Army combats human trafficking across the globe? In fact, we’ve recently stepped up our efforts to fight this ever-present and nonetheless, growing phenomenon of modern-day slavery.
When we think of this industry, red light districts in “other” countries come to mind, but in reality, the U.S. trafficking industry is on the rise.