The Salvation Army is excited to celebrate National Salvation Army Week, May 10-16, 2021. Since the 1880s, The Salvation Army has faithfully and consistently worked to help those in need from our community, every day of the year, assisting individuals and families who may find themselves in crisis, providing shelter to those experiencing homelessness, feeding the hungry, and much more.
Back in 1954, the week of November 28-December 4 was declared by the United States 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.”
National Salvation Army Week is now recognized in the month of May.
In the USA in 2020 the organization provided more than 155 million meals between March and September alone, 1.6 million nights of COVID shelter, 6.6 million food boxes, and emotional and spiritual care to 857,000 people. With more than 7,500 centers of operation in the U.S., The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to meet needs in Jesus’ name, without discrimination – wherever it exists.
“National Salvation Army Week presents a wonderful opportunity for us to let the community know more about the work of The Salvation Army in the nation’s capital region,” said Major Mark A. Woodcock, Area Commander of The Salvation Army. “The last year has been very challenging as we have all dealt with the ongoing pandemic. The Salvation Army has experienced heightened need during this time and has been privileged to support so many in our community. We want to recognize and celebrate the partners, supporters, and volunteers who make the ministry of the Army possible and invite everyone to join us as we celebrate National Salvation Army Week.”
The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command serves Washington, D.C., city of Alexandria, Virginia, as well as Fairfax, Prince William, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties. In total, The Salvation Army works 132 countries around the world.