Salvation Army of the Tri-Cities kicks off National Salvation Army Week

Published 9:00 am Tuesday, May 14, 2024

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The Salvation Army of the Tri-Cities was thrilled to kick off National Salvation Army Week on Monday, May 13. This week-long celebration, May 13-19, highlights the organization’s history, services, and impact in the community, and provides an opportunity to thank volunteers, donors, and other stakeholders who support us throughout the year.

National Salvation Army Week has been observed annually since 1954, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the first National Salvation Army Week. In his proclamation, President Eisenhower recognized the important role that The Salvation Army plays in our nation and called on all Americans to support the organization’s mission of helping those in need.

“Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood. In times 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,” said President Eisenhower in his 1954 proclamation.

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The Salvation Army of the Tri-Cities is proud to be a part of this great organization, and we are committed to making a difference in our community. Over the past year, we have served more than 12,000 individuals and families through our programs and services. This includes providing more than 54,000 nights of shelter and serving more than 151,000 meals to those in need in the Tri-Cities area. We also provided nearly 9,900 Christmas toys and gifts to children in need through our Angel Tree program.

“We are excited to kick off National Salvation Army Week and celebrate the organization’s rich history, services, and impact in our community,” said Major Brooks Gilliam, of the local Salvation Army unit in Bristol. “We want to thank our volunteers, donors, and stakeholders for their support throughout the year. Without them, we would not be able to serve those in need and make a difference in our community.”

During National Salvation Army Week, The Salvation Army of the Tri-Cities will host a series of events and activities to celebrate the organization’s work and mission. We invite the community to join us and learn more about the services we provide and how they can get involved.

For more information about National Salvation Army Week and The Salvation Army of the Tri-Cities, please visit our website at or contact us at the following locations:

– Bristol: 137 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., (423) 764-6156

– Kingsport: 505 Dale St., (423) 246-6671

– Johnson City: 204 W. Walnut, (423) 926-2101