Today, we kick off our 62nd annual National Salvation Army Week. Each year, this week serves as an opportunity to celebrate YOU, our volunteers, donors and program beneficiaries who have enabled us to serve the Charlotte community since 1904.
In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower named National Salvation Army Week as a reminder to Americans to give freely of themselves. In his speech, President Eisenhower noted,
“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.”
This week, National Salvation Army Week, we celebrate you. You keep our doors open so we can shelter almost 400 homeless women and children every night. You keep the lights on the The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs. You support affordable housing for low-income senior citizens, provide Christmas joy to the poor, rehabilitate chemically addicted men, give outreach in distressed neighborhoods and help in times of disaster.
We are thankful for you. Thank you for partnering with us to “Do the Most Good”.