During times of disaster, The Salvation Army provides relief in the form of warm meals, snacks and beverages to families and individuals who have lost everything. Relief can also mean basic materials such as clothes, blankets, and toiletries. Relief can be as simple as providing a presence, a hug, or a prayer.
Relief can also mean a new home for a family in need!
In 1952, President Truman signed a bill proclaiming the first Thursday in May to be the National Day of Prayer, a day of public thanksgiving and prayer for the nation.
As such, this Thursday, May 3 marks the 61st annual observance of the day on which all people are invited to pray. The 2012 theme is “One Nation Under God” based on Psalm 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is Lord.”
The issue of teen pregnancy has long been a challenge in society, taking an emotional and physical toll on those involved. It was particularly so in the early part of the 20th century when there was a significant social stigma attached to being an unwed mother. Here’s how one newspaper reacted when The Salvation Army proposed opening a facility for unwed mothers in Richmond, VA in 1923:
This past weekend I had the pleasure of running in The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command’s inaugural Kettle Classic 5K race in Washington, DC. All proceeds from the registration fees to the company sponsors of the race benefited The Salvation Army’s Turning Point Center in DC, a residential facility for homeless women and children in need.