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Salvation Army Week Set May 13-19

They work year-round to improve the lives of those in the community, but now the men and women of the Salvation Army — Lansing Capital Area as well as those who support them have a week set aside in recognition of their efforts.

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor issued a proclamation designating May 13-19 as Salvation Army Week to honor the ongoing efforts of the staff and volunteers of the social services organization — and the generosity of those who donate time and resources to the cause — to help local community members who are struggling.

“For 140 years, the Salva􀆟on Army has been working with Lansing-area residents who need a helping hand,” Schor said. “Their work in our community ensures that so many who need assistance get access to food, housing assistance and other resources. It is my honor to recognize the Salva􀆟on Army of Lansing for the work they do to make our entire community better for everyone.”

Many people think of the Salva􀆟on Army as bell ringers and red kettles at Christmas, but few know the role the organization plays in helping those that are struggling throughout the year. With two service facilities in Lansing and nearly 7,000 centers of opera􀆟on nationwide, the Salva􀆟on Army is positioned to provide year-round social services to nearly 24 million people annually, including feeding, financial assistance, substance abuse recovery programs, after-school programs, emergency shelter for children and families, and more.

“This year marks 140 years of ministry and service to the residents and homeless population of the Greater Lansing area. With the help of the divine, the generosity of the community, energetic volunteers and committed staff, we will continue to strive in doing the most good for those of our local community in need,” said Maj. Nathan Johnson of the Salva􀆟on Army.

“Love Beyond” is an invitation from the Salva􀆟on Army to anyone who is able to support their neighbors in need to join the organization in helping others in their local community. With the growing need of those seeking food, rent and mortgage, and utility assistance, as well as those in need of gifts for their children at Christmas in the Lansing area, the Salvation Army needs the help of the community to join with it now more than ever.

The best way to participate is by donating online at centralusa.salvationarmy.org/lansing; over the phone at 517-484-4424; or mailing donations to the Salva􀆟on Army, 525 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, MI. 48912.

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