Celebrating National Salvation Army Week

On May 15-22, we celebrate our National Salvation Army Week. Each year, this week long celebration serves as an opportunity to celebrate our volunteers, staff and the clients we have served throughout Chicago, the suburbs and Northern Indiana.

National Salvation Army was first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 – 74 years after The Salvation Army arrived in the U.S., and is typically observed in the second week of May.


In his speech, President Eisenhower noted,

“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.”

The Salvation Army is consistently on the cutting edge of serving people in need – providing shelter, sharing meals, providing children safe places to learn and play, helping people who are trafficked, and sharing love and compassion.

Following are links to a few of our favorite stories.

Des Plaines Collects Diapers for Breakfast with Baby Program

Brave Chicago Client Shares His Rehab Success Story

Lieutenant A.J. Zimmerman on Black History Month

Golden Diners’ Couples Share Love Stories for Valentine’s Day

Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott Hops Into Red Kettle

The Story of Bunny Honeyman


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