National Salvation Army week will kick off in Chelsea this coming Monday, with a full-scale luncheon by invitation and awards ceremony at the Wyndham Hotel.
The invitation-only luncheon will begin what is hoped to be another successful week of alerting residents about all that the Salvation Army does at its Chestnut Street outpost in Chelsea.
“A lot of people know we do things, but to see it going on is totally different,” said Capt. Scott Peabody of the Chelsea Salvation Army. “Celebrating National Salvation Army Week is about showing the program we have and giving appreciation to members of the community that have supported us presently and in the past. We want people to be aware of us, and during this coming week we hope to introduce ourselves to those who otherwise might not know us.”
At the luncheon, Peabody said they will honor City Manager Jay Ash, MWRA Program Manager Paul Burridge and Dockside Restaurant owner Jack Urbaczewski.
On Tuesday, the English ministry and Spanish ministry will be going to Bellingham Square from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to give out lunches and spread the word of several of their food programs.
On Wednesday, there will be a fund-raiser at the Dockside Restaurant from 6-9 p.m. There will be a silent auction as well. To qualify for the fund-raiser, all participants must show a ticket, which can be obtained from Peabody.
On Thursday, members of the Salvation Army will be giving away ice pops at the Kayem Park on Chestnut Street from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Then, on Saturday, the Chestnut Street facility will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be coffee and donuts, face painting, games, tours and other family activities.
The week is sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts, the Chelsea Rotary, Chelsea Kiwanis, Eastern Bank and Metro Credit Union.