Shieldy Visits WJAR's Mario Hilario for National Salvation Army Week
RHODE ISLAND – National Salvation Army Week is May 15th – 21st this year and serves as an opportunity to celebrate our volunteers, donors and program beneficiaries who have enabled us to serve in the United States since 1880. This week is observed immediately following Mother's Day in May and was first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 – 74 years after The Salvation Army arrived in the U.S.
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. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness, and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, 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.”
This year for Salvation Army Week our mascot, Shieldy, will be taking a tour of Rhode Island to thank all of our community partners that help us Do the Most Good throughout the entire year!
“Hope is the driving force of The Salvation Army’s mission,” said Major Roger Duperree, Divisional Secretary for Rhode Island State Command of The Salvation Army Southern New England Division. “We continually strive to bring hope to those in despair, help those in need, and do the most good. But we do not act alone. Our Army is made up of selfless individuals who go well beyond the call of duty, taking it upon themselves to humbly serve others.”
National Salvation Army Week Where’s Shieldy Visits:
• Newport Rhode Island
• Salve Regina University
• Shaw’s Supermarket
• Tasca Automotive Group
Follow Shieldy on his journey: www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyCTRI