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"FOR I WAS HUNGRY, AND YOU GAVE ME SOMETHING TO EAT; I WAS THIRSTY, AND YOU GAVE ME SOMETHING TO DRINK; I WAS A STRANGER, AND YOU INVITED ME IN"

MATTHEW 25:35

 

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year-

a time to give thanks to God for His blessings.

And what a fine American Tradition it is!

--> From November 1621, when the inaugural Thanksgiving at Plymouth celebrated the very first successful corn harvest made possible by the fledgling colony's Native American allies

 

--> To 1789: George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the United States; calling upon Americans to express their gratitude for their newly won independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

--> To 1863: President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving as a National Holiday wherein he entreated all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.”

--> To 1879,  Lieutenant Eliza Shirley holds the first meeting of The Salvation Army in America and soon the first of what would one day be millions of meals were served to folks in need on Thanksgiving by The Salvation Army.

Now in 2022, as we prepare to celebrate this wonderful American Tradition, we ask that you think of the men, women, and children who are hurting in our Valley- the folks that will soon flock to our doors, seeking comfort, nourishment, and hope for a plan to change their life for good at The Salvation Army.

 

Your generosity will help give people in need nutritious food, a sense of hope, and a reason to be thankful.

 

We simply couldn't do the good works we do without good people like you. Thank you for putting your compassion in action! May God bless you with the happiest of Thanksgivings for you and yours!