The Salvation Army Observes 150th Anniversary
This year marks The Salvation Army's 150th Anniversary, the second largest charity in the United Sates. Originating in 1865 in London, England, the organization championed and provided to the most needy, continuing today to adapt to the needs of the communities in order to "Do The Most Good".
Across Pennsylvania - the birthplace of The Salvation Army in the United States - The Salvation Army has supported the community for more than 135 years, helping individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. The Salvation Army maintains a record of accomplishment stemming from a holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually.
"This is a truly blessed achievement and a reflection of how essential The Salvation Army continues to be in today's world," said Lt. Colonel Stephen Banfield, divisional commander for The Salvation Army Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Division. Last year, more than 30 million people were served by The Salvation Army nationally. "We serve the community without discrimination for a higher purpose, and invite community members to support us as we continue into the future."
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1879 in the United States. The Salvation Army provides assistance through a broad 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.