NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK
Did You Know…?
In 1998, Mrs. Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, donated $90 million to The Salvation Army to build a comprehensive community center in San Diego, California. Her wish was to create a center, supported in part by the community, where children and families would be exposed to different people, activities and arts that would otherwise be beyond their reach. Completed in 2001, the center sits on 12 acres and offers an ice arena, gymnasium, three pools, rock climbing walls, a performing arts theatre, an internet-based library, computer lab, and a school of visual and performing arts.
When Mrs. Kroc passed away in October 2003, she left $1.5 billion – much of her estate – to The Salvation Army, by far the largest charitable gift ever given to the Army, and the largest single gift given to any charity at one time, to help build more of these Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Centers across the United States where such amenities and opportunities are scarce.
The Salvation Army is responding to the tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma yesterday. Four fatalities have been reported in Central Oklahoma with 57 injuries, and nearly 37,000 homes are without power. Local authorities are assessing damage and conducting searches for survivors at this time. Searches are expected to continue through the night.
Within The Salvation Army’s Arkansas-Oklahoma Division, mobile feeding units (canteens) and individual officers are providing food and refreshments for first responders and others in the some of the hardest hit areas. An emotional and spiritual care team will also be deployed to support those affected by the storm’s fatalities.
For anyone who would like to help those affected by the tornadoes, please consider donating at www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate your contribution to “Oklahoma tornadoes.” Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by the storm.
Honor Society, the popular new band that we’ve partnered with the last few months, is wrapping up their national Here Comes Trouble tour with a show tonight in Nashville and a concert tomorrow in Atlanta tomorrow, May 8.
***If you’re in the Nashville area and able to make it out to the concert at Rocketown tonight, please bring nonperishable food items! Alex, Andrew, Michael, and Jason are holding a food drive to benefit the local Salvation Army food pantry, and you can help them in “doing the most good!” ***
Honor Society has done an INCREDIBLE job of supporting Salvation Army programs across the country. They no doubt have a lot of things they are doing as they enjoy their national tour, but we very much appreciate that they’re also making it a priority to give back to communities along the way and encouraging their fans to do the same!
Check out the most recent clips the band recorded of their time in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Washington, DC; and Cleveland, Ohio.
Allentown, PA (April 29): Honor Society served dinner to excited kids at the Community Center, and in a slight role reversal, the band was the audience to some children eager to show off their talents!
Washington, DC (April 26): The guys visited the Washington, DC Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center and had a soulful jam session with the choir.
Cleveland, Ohio (April 21): Andrew, Alex, Michael, and Jason surprised the local Salvation Army Harbor Light Center’s homeless families by serving them dinner.
Get ready because National Salvation Army Week is coming up – Monday, May 10 – Saturday, May 16!
National Salvation Army Week, typically observed in the second week of May, was first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954. In the proclamation, Eisenhower noted: “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood . . . 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.”
In 2001, President George W. Bush issued a new proclamation recognizing the week, stating: “During this week, I encourage Americans to express their appreciation for the Salvation Army’s good works and to follow their example of serving a cause greater than themselves.”
We hope you’ll celebrate the week with us!
Everyday next week we’ll post on our website a Salvation Army event going on around the country, and our blog will also list an interesting Salvation Army fact. We’re sure we’ll be able to make you say, “I didn’t know that!”
Today, Salvation Army service units, along with volunteers, businesses and government, celebrate National Salvation Army Week through a variety of special events and activities across the country.