ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (May 8, 2022) – The Salvation Army will celebrate National Salvation Army Week May 9-15.


National Salvation Army Week is traditionally observed annually immediately following Mother’s Day and was first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954. 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 … their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is a 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.”


“Last year, The Salvation Army annually helped more than 114,000 people in New Mexico overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services,” said Lt. Colonel Ivan Wild, Commander of The Salvation Army Southwest Division, which serves New Mexico, Arizona and Southern Nevada.


By providing food for the hungry, shelter and clothing for the homeless, rent and utilities assistance, disaster and heat relief, senior activity and outreach, adult rehabilitation, opportunities for underprivileged children, holiday assistance, and emotional and spiritual support, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at nearly 25 centers of operation across the state.


In 2021, The Salvation Army was ranked #2 on the list of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Around 82 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army nationally go directly to program funding to help people who need it most.


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