Bainbridge Salvation Army celebrates 50 years of community service Thursday

Published 7:41 pm Friday, May 15, 2015

Throughout history, there has been one organization at the forefront of helping a community, no matter how big or small. 

The Salvation Army celebrates its 150th anniversary of helping those in need this year, and this week was a time to recognize that service.

National Salvation Army week, originally declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954, has put the spotlight on the tireless service the iconic red emblem had provided for a century-and-a-half.

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“Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood,” Eisenhower stated in 1954. “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.”

With 50 years of local service under its belt, Bainbridge’s Salvation Army division is no exception.

“It’s very special this year because in the state of Georgia we celebrate our 125th anniversary of providing a service to those in need,” Bainbridge Salvation Army director Jim Morrow said. “Here in Bainbridge we have been doing that for more than 50 years. It’s been 23 years right here at our facility here on Scott Street.”

The amount the local Salvation Army has grown in Bainbridge and the lives it has changed over the years is what has kept board chairman Dewey Robinson invested since its earliest days.

“I think it says the people in Bainbridge care,” Robinson said. “They really want to help their neighbor. The Salvation Army can do more with less than any other organization in the world. That’s why I love being a part of the Salvation Army. We have helped so many people. I’ve had the privilege of being on the scene and seeing people come in crying, begging, crippled, and leaving with a smile on their face. It makes a difference.”