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National Salvation Army week celebrated

National Salvation Army week was first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954, when he noted in his proclamation: "Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of brotherhood."...

National Salvation Army week was first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954, when he noted in his proclamation: "Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of brotherhood."

More than 60 years later, the week continues to serve as a reminder to Americans to give freely of themselves. This year's celebration ran this week. The Salvation Army is one of the world's largest and most trusted charities.

"A special thank you to everybody who has given of their time and resources in Minnesota and North Dakota, you've made The Salvation Army Northern Division one of the top chapters in the U.S.," said Lt. Col. Robert Thomson, Salvation Army Northern Division commander.

Last year, more than 91,500 volunteers and countless donors in Minnesota and North Dakota helped The Salvation Army provide food, shelter, youth services, disaster relief and more to about 415,000 people.

National Salvation Army Week is also a time for new volunteers and donors to join. "Not only for the greater good, but because spring is our most difficult season," The Salvation Army reported.

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"This time of year is typically when giving decreases but the need for Salvation Army services increases," Thomson said. "Any extra help we can get right now will have a big impact."

To get involved go to SalvationArmyNorth.org to make a donation or sign up to volunteer.

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