Depending on where you live, you may have noticed more attention on Salvation Army efforts this week. This is the 59th year of a week recognized in the US as National Salvation Army Week. It was first declared by President Eisenhower in 1954 as a time for Americans to consider what they can give to help others. It’s not about money, but giving from the heart, giving from your storehouse may it be time, talent or money.
It coincides with the Postal Food Drive that local food banks, many of them organized by a local Salvation Army unit. My mom organized that food drive many years in Yakima, WA and now my sister coördinates it. They are the primary food bank provider for the Valley. We were blessed with volunteers to help organize the hundreds of boxes of donated food when we were stationed in Gainesville, FL. Just one way for neighbors to help neighbors.
Some communities issue proclamations and many large communities host events. In our county, the Salvation Army hosted a large health fair today with many local providers offering free testing and screenings.
These events are just reminders of the varied services provided or coördinated by the thousands of Salvation Army units throughout the United States. Our mission statement is a clear reminder of why we do what we do:
“The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”
Motivated by love. The love of God. Preaching His gospel of love through actions, actions of serving others to meet their needs in the name of Love without discrimination. May it always be so. And may through these acts of love may real Love be known.