Celebration planned for National Salvation Army Week
by Jennifer Cohron
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A diaper drive will be a highlight of National Salvation Army Week. Daily Mountain Eagle - Jennifer Cohron
A diaper drive will be a highlight of National Salvation Army Week. Daily Mountain Eagle - Jennifer Cohron
The Salvation Army Service Center in Walker County has a series of events planned for National Salvation Army Week.

The purpose of each is to honor the organization’s work done on behalf of the poor and to encourage charitable donations of time, money and resources.

The Salvation Army serves more than 30 million Americans in need each year and more than 5,600 per year in Walker County alone.

The local Salvation Army food bank serves an average of 75 families per week.

“We are seeing new clients every week,” said director Lona Courington. “The need is still great.”

The celebration of National Salvation Army Week kicks off Monday with Customer Appreciation Day.

Patrons may visit the book room for refreshments and to register for a gift bag from Hallmark in Jasper Mall.

Tuesday is Public Awareness Day. A secret message will be included in information on the Salvation Army’s history distributed through local radio station WJLX and the Daily Mountain Eagle.

Mention the message at the Family Thrift Store for a chance to win a fragrance gift basket from Belk.

Donor Appreciation Day is scheduled for Wednesday. Make a donation of good used items at the back door of the Salvation Army and recive a special snack bag prepared by students at the Walker County Center of Technology.

Also, register in the store for two large Papa John’s pizza coupons.

WCCT students will be at the Salvation Army on Thursday for Caring for Others Day. They will be offering free hair cuts, manicures, oil changes and face-painting.

Friday will be dedicated to Caring for our Environment. Register at the thrift store for a 50-pound bag of bird seed from Tractor Supply. Free tomato plants from Jasper Feed and Seed will be distributed to customers while supplies last.

The week concludes on Saturday with a Family Fun Day.

Beginning at 9 a.m., Home Depot will be conducting a children’s building workshop for the first 25 kids. The Chick-Fil-A cow will be visiting with children and passing out free cookies from 10 a.m. to noon.

Free popcorn and drinks will be available inside the store.

Throughout the week, the Salvation Army will also be hosting a diaper drive. Sizes three through six are needed. Diapers may be dropped off at the Social Services Department of the Salvation Army.

Since 1954, National Salvation Army Week has been observed every year in the United States.

The Salvation Army Service Center and Family Store are located at 207 20th Street in downtown Jasper. The Food Bank is held each Thursday from 8:30 to 11:20 a.m. Help is also available on Monday and Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.