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Mayor Jim Suttle has proclaimed May 10-16 as Omaha Salvation Army Week. Across the country The Salvation Army is celebrating the 57th National Salvation Army Week with a series of events that bring awareness for the underserved in America.



Locally, The Salvation Army has served the state of Nebraska since 1888 and the city of Omaha since 1897. The Salvation Army is among the largest social service agencies in the metropolitan area, providing more than 20 programs that provide low-income people with food, shelter, clothing, disaster relief and spiritual counseling. Last year, more than 180,000 individuals received support from The Omaha Salvation Army.

The Army recently enhanced its services in Omaha with the opening of The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center last January. Kroc Center programs offer opportunities for people of all ages to discover their potential through education, sports, the arts and spiritual development.

In Omaha, a series of “Doing the Most Good Days” will recognize Salvation Army Week.

May 12 is Media Doughnut Day. Salvation Army staff will deliver fresh doughnuts to local media thanking them for their continued support. The doughnut became the symbol of The Salvation Army during World War II when Salvationists baked them in crude ovens and served them to hungry troops on the battlefields. Doughnuts for The Salvation Army Media Doughnut Day have been donated by Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Coffee and Pettit’s Pastry.

Also happening on Wednesday, May 12, TGI Friday’s restaurant on 156th & Maple is partnering with The Salvation Army for one full day of fundraising. 10% of the total food bill for guests who dine between the hours of 11:00 AM – 12:00 midnight will be donated to support Army programs and services.

May 10-15, Salvation Army staff will visit local businesses and service clubs delivering a message of thanks along with special coffee and pastries served from Salvation Army mobile canteen units.

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.givesalvationarmy.org.

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