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Michigan City, IN
09/28/2020 11:12 AM

In response to the unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Duane Parry has issued a proclamation declaring September 28 as "Salvation Army Day." The proclamation recognizes the ongoing efforts of employees and volunteers of the social services organization to help those in the community who are struggling during the pandemic.


"The Salvation Army is present wherever need is greatest, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, where vulnerable citizens are more at risk of becoming homeless, hungry, addicted, or spiritually tired," Mayor Parry said, reading the proclamation. "The Salvation Army aims to ‘Rescue Christmas’ for the thousands of people they serve every year and continue to provide life-changing aid to those who need it most."


To help ensure that no one goes without assistance during the holidays, The Salvation Army has launched "Rescue Christmas," an effort to raise public awareness of the profound need that communities all across the nation are facing. Because a number of factors related to COVID-19 – including social-distancing rules, fewer holiday shoppers at stores, and greater demand for assistance – The Salvation Army expects that contributions to its iconic Red Kettles will drop substantially.


As a result, The Salvation Army has started ringing bells much earlier in the season to close the gap.


"We’re starting early this year because the need is greater than ever," said Major Becky Simmons of The Salvation Army of Michigan City. "We’re asking our community to step up, as they always do, and help their neighbors in need this holiday season." In particular, residents in Michigan City rely on The Salvation Army for food, utility, diaper and clothing assistance, as well as case management through the Pathway of Hope program.


Though The Salvation Army of Michigan City is committed to meeting need wherever it exists, COVID-19 will greatly increase the number of service requests received for months, if not years, to come. Consequently, ongoing public support will be critical in ensuring that no one is turned away or overlooked.


People can join the Fight for Good and support their local Salvation Army and community by visiting, or volunteering to ring a bell this holiday season by signing up online at


If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call (219) 874-6885 or visit us at 1201 S. Franklin Street, Michigan City.

Jessica O'Brien
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