Celebrates Salvation Army week

GLOVERSVILLE – The Salvation Army in Gloversville is celebrating National Salvation Army Week, which is this week.

The Salvation Army offers services in every ZIP code, serves more than 58.4 million meals per year and provides 10.8 million nights of shelter per year in the USA, a news release said. It also assists more than 200,000 people annually in 142 rehabilitation facilities. More than 30 million Americans are helped annually at 7,500 centers of operation. National Salvation Army Week is observed in the second week of May and was first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954.

The Gloversville Salvation Army has been serving the local community since 1885. They run a worship center at 10 Spring St. and offer a soup kitchen, food pantry and emergency assistance to those in need, the release said. Bible study is also held on Sundays.

Mark and AnneMarie Devanney previously served in Rochester, Newburgh in Orange County, and in Pennsylvania and came to Gloversville last summer. A total of 1,244 area children and adults received food and gifts around Christmas, 2,688 toys were distributed to area children at Christmas and over 5,600 hot meals were served to those in need in 2015, the release said.

Although the Salvation Army fundraising efforts are synonymous with the Christmas red kettle campaign, the organization needs support and volunteers for its year-round activities in the community, the news release said.

For more information on Gloversville Salvation Army programs, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation to support the mission of “Doing the Most Good,” contact Mark Devanney at [email protected] or call 725-4119.

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