Salvation Army locations throughout Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi recently celebrated National Salvation Army Week with their own spin on things. This year was a bit limited in celebration due to COVID-19 and social distancing, but they found ways to celebrate with Salvation Army supporters and donors via social media. The Salvation Army of Dothan had a busy week of their own. The corps received a proclamation from Mayor Mark Saliba, announcing the beginning of National Salvation Army Week, and board members delivered goodie bags to the mayor, county commissioners, donors, and local media.
The Army also partnered with Love In Action International Ministries to deliver meals, water, and paper fans to those in need throughout the Dothan community. Salvation Army Advisory Board members and Roy Fisher, Corps Administrator, contacted Love In Action to assist with one of their weekly meal deliveries. The Army helped pack meals for the homeless with the organization, packed the canteen, and headed into the community to serve water and fans to the homeless. The Salvation Army and Love In Action were able to provide food and comfort to over 150 people during that lunch hour.
“We were trying to figure out what to do for National Salvation Army Week, especially during COVID-19. Just being able to talk to the people in the community, the homeless especially, we just felt like we needed to do it. Being able to talk and pray with them was amazing. It was really rewarding to be out there working with Love In Action,” Fisher shared.
Love In Action and The Salvation Army are making canteen handouts a monthly event.
The Dothan Corps wanted to end the week with a revival, but couldn’t because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We did what we could to keep social distancing while getting the word out there that we’re here for our community. I’m excited about this partnership with Love In Action. We have the same purpose, which is to take care of God’s children and God’s kingdom. It’s about being together when we’re doing it,” Fisher added.