National Salvation Army Week is wrapping up and it will conclude in style with activities in downtown Yakima this Saturday as part of the Downtown Association of Yakima's "Spring Into Downtown" event.

For more than 125 years the Salvation Army has been active in the Yakima Valley.  Community Relations & Outreach Program Manager Lisa Sargent says many people don't make the connection that the Army is a church first with local Sunday services in English at 9:30am and 11am in Spanish.

Sargent says they help thousands of people each year at the church and through the Family Service office at 9 South 6th Avenue.  The office provides services such as social, emotional, and spiritual support, clothing vouchers, household needs, hygiene packets, blankets, youth activities, summer camps and a food bank that is open Monday thru Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call the office if you need help at 453-3139.

This Saturday, May 15th, 10 am - 4 pm at the Salvation Army thrift store parking 9 south 6th avenue (closest to Yakima Ave), You'll find  the Salvation Army information table with donuts, water bottles and MORE!  United Healthcare will be on site and for all bargain shoppers, the thrift store is having a 50% off sale!

The weather is forecasted to be glorious sunny and 82 degrees.  So head downtown, check out the businesses who are providing special incentives to invite you in and take a moment to see what our local Salvation Army is up to.

Lieutenant Nick Helms joined KIT news earlier this week news to tell us what the celebration and recognition program is all about.

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