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The Salvation Army celebrates 58th National Salvation Army Week

Released by The Tyler Salvation Army:

TYLER, TX - The Salvation Army in Tyler, Texas is excited to announce the 58th Annual National Salvation Army Week beginning today, Monday, May 9th. Each year this special week serves as a reminder encouraging Americans to remember the mission of The Salvation Army which hasn't changed since the first National Salvation Army Week in 1954. On the first declaration of this event, President Dwight D. Eisenhower expressed his appreciation saying, "Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood . . . 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."

Since 1954, National Salvation Army Week has been observed every year in the United States. In a proclamation recognizing the celebration in 2001, President George W. Bush said, "During this week, I encourage Americans to express their appreciation for The Salvation Army's good works and to follow their example of serving a cause greater than themselves." The Salvation Army in Tyler hopes to draw attention to the needs of the East Texas community as the Army continues to serve countless families and individuals who are struggling in our own neighborhoods each day.

As Americans continue to get back on their feet after what has been a crippling financial crisis for many, helping out our neighbors in need has become even more important. To celebrate National Salvation Army week, The Salvation Army in Tyler has planned its 7th annual Doing The Most Good luncheon, which is a fundraiser designed to raise awareness about our ministry and mission here in East Texas. The Salvation Army in Tyler has great faith in the community to rise and meet the needs of those in East Texas who have been discouraged, down-trodden, and disenfranchised. And we know this support comes in numerous packages from clothing donations to volunteer-organized golf tournaments.

As part of our National Salvation Army Week, we will be blessed to hold a check presentation. The check will be presented by Pat Pinkerton and will total the record-breaking amount of $41,500 raised by the 6th Annual Don Pinkerton Memorial Charity Golf Tournament. Don Pinkerton was a supporter and advocate for the lowly in our community and the services provided to them by The Salvation Army. In his honor, Pat Pinkerton annually hosts this tournament, continually funding the programs and services that he loved. The presentation will be held Wednesday, May 11th at The Salvation Army Center of Hope located at 633 N Broadway and will begin at 10 a.m. This gift couldn't come at a better time when we are desperately working to meet the needs of the least, the last, and the lost in our community. Together, we are working to provide hope and help to those individuals others so often would rather overlook or avoid. As we celebrate National Salvation Army Week, we want to thank those who so selflessly and generously give

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