Ryan Ray, from the Salvation Army, talks about Salvation Army Week.

Springfield businesses offering specials for National Salvation Army Week

It’s National Salvation Army Week and businesses throughout Springfield are offering specials benefiting the charity.

Over 10 businesses across the area are offering specials, or exclusive limited-time offers, with proceeds benefiting the Salvation Army of Springfield.

“We are excited about this because it gives us a chance to kind of reflect on where we have been, where we are and where we are headed,” said Ryan Ray, development director with the Salvation Army of Springfield.

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Businesses offering specials include; Young’s Dairy, Collier’s Family Restaurant, Garden Marks, Oats & Doughs, D. Sweets, Winans Chocolate and Coffees, Rue Farms, Salato Deli, Le Torte Dolci, Los Mariachis, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, Ohio Masonic Home Print Shop and Olliegraphics.

“This week allows us to be recognized for what we do in the community, but for us it’s bigger than that,” Ray said. “It’s a chance to recognize those who are willing to lock arms with us on a daily basis.”

National Salvation Army Week recognizes all the good that comes when volunteers and donors come together to benefit those in need, according to the Salvation Army’s website. National Salvation Army Week is a celebration that has spanned more than six decades.

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This year’s theme for the week is, ‘Love has an army,’ Ray said.

“That’s just a statement to everyone that is involved in this thing, whether you volunteer or support us financially, you are very much part of this movement,” Ray said.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 43.1 million Americans live in poverty and millions more live near the poverty line. Approximately half of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, and one-third of adults between 18 and 64 live in low-income households. These are just some of the people the Salvation Army hopes to assist, according to their website.

Here are some of the details about what local businesses are doing for National Salvation Army Week:

• Young’s Dairy (6880 Springfield Xenia Rd., Yellow Springs) will offer the, “Strawberry Salvation Shakeup,” and will donate a percentage of profits to the Salvation Army.

• Collier’s Family Restaurant (2800 W. 1st St.) will offer the, “Red Kettle Shortcake,” and will donate a percentage of profits to the Salvation Army

• Garden Marks (1236 Villa Rd.) will donate a percentage of profits made from the purchase of any hanging basket with red flowers to the Salvation Army

• Oats & Doughs (3630 Heatherwood Ave.) with offer the “Red Kettle Caramel Corn Cookie,” and will donate a percentage of profits to the Salvation Army

• D. Sweets (1605 E. Main St.) will offer a Salvation Army cookie and will donate a percentage of profits to the Salvation Army

• Winans Chocolates and Coffees (32 N. Fountain Ave.) with offer a, “Red Kettle Candy Apple Smoothie,” and will donate 100 percent of profits to the Salvation Army

• Rue Farms (3822 S. Yellow Springs St.) will donate a percentage of profits made from all bags of chips sold to the Salvation Army

• Salato Deli (40 N. Fountain Ave.) will offer the, “Red Kettle Meat Ball Sub,” and will donate a percentage of profits to the Salvation Army

• Le Torte Dolci (36 B N. Fountain Ave.) will offer, “Red Kettle Velvet Whoopie & Red Kettle Macaron,” and will donate a percentage of profits to the Salvation Army

• Los Mariachis (1815 E. Main St.) will and will donate a percentage of all profits from May 12 to May 16 to the Salvation Army

• Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken (all Springfield locations) will and will donate a percentage of profits to the Salvation Army

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