It’s Salvation Army Week!

It’s officially here! National Salvation Army Week

Today, we kick off our 59th annual National Salvation Army Week (May 14-20, 2012). Each year, this weeks serves as an opportunity to celebrate the efforts of volunteers, donors, and staff in serving our community.  The Salvation Army has been serving nationally for 132 years, and locally in Marion and Grant County for 113 years.

In celebration of this special week, we will be holding several events in order for those in our community to learn about and serve alongside The Salvation Army of Marion.  Here’s the agenda for the week:

Monday, May 14thCommunity Days Fundraiser @ Bob Evans – Print out this flyer and bring it with you as you dine at Bob Evans throughout the day, and they will donate %15 of your bill to The Salvation Army of Marion! What could be better than dinner and a donation in one?

Tuesday, May 15thDoughnut Day @ New Market – Come on down to New Market from 10am-2pm as we remember the work of The Salvation Army Doughnut Girls, who served in WWI & WWII. As our young soldiers faced physical and emotional peril amidst the fighting, female Salvation Army officers had the idea to comfort them with good home cooking, using their limited ingredients to create delicious fried doughnuts for the boys. Stop over and have a treat from our friends at New Market.  We’ll also have our canteen (Mobile Emergency Vehicle) for those who want to know more about our current Emergency Disaster Services.

Wednesday, May 16thOpen House @ The Salvation Army – Ever wonder what goes on over here?  Well, from 2pm-7pm on Wednesday, we’ll have the doors open and people available to give tours and information about the variety of services and programs available at your local Salvation Army Corps.  Bring the kids, because we’ll be featuring our Giant Red Kettle Bouncehouse for them to play in, and fun snacks to enjoy!  Take a glimpse into the year-round operations happening here to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, and to meet basic needs in our community.

Thursday, May 17thDine to Donate @ Applebee’s – Similar to the Bob Evans event on Monday… Print out this flyer and enjoy a meal at Applebee’s and they’ll donate %15 of your bill to The Salvation Army!  Go ahead and get that extra dessert… it’s for a good cause!

Friday & Saturday, May 18th & 19thBeat the Heat: Fan & Water Drive – As the temperatures rise, so do the frustrations of those struggling to pay their utility bills.  We’ll help them keep cool by providing fans and water throughout the summer as these resources are available.  So, bring in a fan or two and a case of water, and we’ll hand them out in our Social Service office as this sure-to-be hot summer rolls in.  (Calling this drive “Beat the Heat” does not necessarily have anything to do with our local support of the Indiana Pacers this week as they take on the Miama Heat in Round 2 of the NBA playoffs… or does it?)

Sunday, May 20th“Heaven Bound” Play by Bethel AME Church @ The Salvation Army – As our last event of the week, we want to celebrate the reason behind all we do, and that is the love of God found in Christ Jesus our Lord.  The folks at Bethel AME Church have been putting on this local play for many years, so we’re looking forward to seeing it and the reminder of the hope we have in Jesus.  Bring the family on Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm and enjoy this powerful play with us.

Please take advantage of the opportunities this week to get to know your local Salvation Army, and find out the array of good being done, especially if you have been or plan to be a donor.  We could not accomplish any of the long-standing services we provide without the help of our generous and caring community.

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