The organization that has been helping those in need for nearly 150 years celebrates it's 60th nationally observed week this week. National Salvation Army Week, first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954, recognizes the Salvation Army's work on behalf of the poor.
In honor of the week, the Porter County Salvation Army Corps says they will hold a free family event called, "Let's Go Fly A Kite" on Wednesday, May 14th at their headquarters in South haven. In appreciation for the generous support over-the-years the local corps wants to "thank" the community by having outdoor hot dog cookout for, "anyone who wishes to come." The corps says free kites will be given to children who attend while supplies last.
Also, a Finale Dinner Meeting will be held on Sunday, May 18th, at 11am to 1pm at The Salvation Army Porter County Corps, 799 Capitol Road(on Hwy 6 and one block west of Hwy 149), Valparaiso, IN in honor of our volunteers, donors and workers. Everyone is invited for a time of worship, food and fellowship as we gather together in Jesus name.
The Porter County Corps Community Center provides a number of local programs and services designed to help our neighbors in need. These include Christmas Assistance and Angel Toy Tree Programs, Thanksgiving Day Dinners, "Stuff-the-Bus" backpack with school supplies and food assists, evangelism, youth character building, overnight camps, shut-in and senior services, emergency disaster services, counseling, employment, transportation, visitation, food (human & pet) pantry, personal comfort kits, baby items, medicine, housing and heating assistance and other basic needs.
“As we continue to serve our neighbors in need, we are grateful for the community’s generous support of The Salvation Army in the Porter County area as we served over 8,029 Porter County residents with 31,974 units of assistance this past fiscal year,” said Major Jonathan Welch, The Salvation Army Porter County Corps Commander. “We literally could not survive if not for our relationships with local individuals, families, churches and organizations who continue to support our work of touching lives each and every day. National Salvation Army Week is indeed a celebration of these relationships and more,” Major Welch added.
The public can also support National Salvation Army Week and the Army's local initiatives by praying and sending financial gifts directly to The Salvation Army, PO Box 828, Valparaiso, Indiana 46368-0828 or by calling (219) 762-9191 or 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For more information or to donate online, visit usc.saportercounty.org
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org