On This Day In History—March 13

In 1881, the first French Salvation Army meeting took place in Paris. Today, the French Salvation Army Foundation:

  • serves 110,000 meals with volunteer help
  • accommodates 160,000 persons in its emergency shelters
  • receives 74,000 persons in its day centers
  • cares for 50 patients in its convalescent home
  • helps 40 missing persons to reunite with loved ones through its Family Tracing Service

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.