National Salvation Army Week upcoming at McDonough center

By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

Tammy Jackson is a grateful person.

The McDonough Salvation Army Service Center director credits the generosity of others – from giving of their time to making donations to shopping -- with enabling her to live up to the nonprofit’s motto of “Doing the Most Good.”

The McDonough Salvation Army center will host National Salvation Army Week next week. Special image

“We want to be able to say thank you,” said Jackson. “It’s something they do out of the goodness of their heart. They don’t have to volunteer. They don’t have to donate items, and our customers don’t have to shop here. We recognize that, so that’s why it’s so important that we say ‘thank you,’ because they don’t have to do what they do.”

Jackson will host the annual Salvation Army Week May 15-19 in the McDonough location, at 401 Racetrack Road. The nonprofit will feature sales and specials throughout the week, expressing gratitude to area businesses and individuals who have lent their support over the past year.

Specials for Salvation Army Week include a Red Dot Sale and Grab-Bag Days, as well as half-price discounts for books and CDs, and sales on purses, shoes, baby items and toys. The Service Center will also host an Ice Cream Day May 18 from noon until 3 p.m., and Lunch on Us – with hot dogs, chips and drinks – May 19 from 11 a.m., until 3 p.m.

“It’s just about doing special little sales every day that week, so that our donors and volunteers get to shop for something a little special,” said Jackson, who has worked at the McDonough Service Center for more than a year.

Jackson appreciates the giving spirit of volunteers who have come together to support the Salvation Army’s mission.

“We have several different volunteers in different capacities,” she said. “We probably have 30-40 volunteers a year that choose the Salvation Army as their vehicle to give back to the community. We consider ourselves lucky to be able to provide that volunteer opportunity. All of this working together as a community provides the financial support that we need to be able to service our community -- to be able to provide to utility assistance, rental assistance, and our food pantry.”

Jackson noted that many of those who have benefited from the Salvation Army’s services in the past have exhibited that same sense of generosity to help others who find themselves in similar situations.

“People aren’t always in need of assistance,” said Jackson. “Once they’re on their feet, they remember, and they turn around and give back.”

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in 1954, set aside National Salvation Army Week to encourage Americans to give freely of themselves.

“Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood,” he said commemorating the occasion. “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.”