National Salvation Army Week

National Salvation Army Week

In 1954, the first National Salvation Army week was declared by the U.S. Congress and proclaimed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as a reminder to Americans to give freely of themselves in service to others. 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.”

This year, during National Salvation Army Week, May 15-21, locations throughout Texas will be hosting special community events to celebrate.

National Doughnut Day, the first Friday in June, is another day synonymous with The Salvation Army. In 1917, young Helen Purviance, an officer in The Salvation Army, was sent to France to work with the American First Division. She and a fellow officer patted the first dough into shape by hand to make doughnuts for the troops.

The simple doughnut became a symbol of all that The Salvation Army and its “doughnut lassies” were doing to ease the hardships on the front lines of WWI – the canteens in primitive dugouts and huts, free refreshments, religious services, concerts, and even a clothes-mending and letter-writing service.

The Salvation Army is proud to work with community partners who play an integral part in delivering our promise of Doing The Most Good.

Thank you for your ongoing support of The Salvation Army in Texas.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 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. 81 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.