May 13-19 is National Salvation Army Week and an invitation has been extended to you to help celebrate by the local chapter in Lufkin.

Since 1943, The Salvation Army has faithfully and consistently worked to help those in need from our community, 365 days a year, aiding individuals and families who may find themselves in crisis, shelter to those experiencing homelessness, food and meals to the hungry, and much more.

In 1954, the week of November 18-December 4 (now recognized in May) 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.”

Today, The Salvation Army is at work in 134 countries around the world. Here in the USA, The Salvation Army is issuing a rallying cry for Americans to “Love Beyond.”  The organization's message is simply that when we love beyond the circumstances of life, we can provide hope and help for millions who need it: love beyond shelter, love beyond hunger, and love beyond disasters.

Love Beyond is also a symbol of the resources and programs that so many people rely on year-round when they turn to The Salvation Army for assistance.

“National Salvation Army Week presents a wonderful opportunity for us to let the community know more about the work The Salvation Army does in Lufkin,” said Captain Jenifer Phillips. “We are beyond grateful for the selfless service and generosity of our amazing volunteers, donors, and partners and want to celebrate and recognize their impact. Their unwavering support has been instrumental in helping us continue our mission of Doing the Most Good in our community.”

With more than 7,000 centers of operation in the United States and services that reach every zip code in Texas, The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to love beyond and meet needs in Jesus’s name, without discrimination – wherever it exists.

For more information or to make a donation, please call The Salvation Army of Lufkin at 936-223-6624 or visit us at 412 S 3rd St, or online at southernusa.salvationarmy.org/lufkin.

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