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December 19, 2018

Congressional Leaders Informed of Priorities

At an Army sponsored meeting on Capitol Hill, Commissioner David Hudson encourages representatives to advocate for the voiceless.

It was fitting that the Army held a meeting for congressional leaders on Giving Tuesday in November to express appreciation for legislative initiatives in line with the organization’s mission. 

In addressing several members of congress, congressional staffers, representatives of non-profits and Salvation Army staff on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, Commissioner David Hudson, National Commander, thanked elected officials for advocating for those on the margins, those without a voice, those who might otherwise go unnoticed in the corridors of power. The commissioner stressed that such advocacy is critical to the wellbeing of society, because it promotes actions and attitudes that recognize each and every person as a child of God, deserving of respect and dignity. “The word ‘and’ in our mission statement is essential,” he said. “We proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and serve human needs in His name, for that is what we are called to do.” Using the example of a homeless man he had met who didn’t want a hand out but to simply be called by his name—Mike—Hudson said, “even little deeds, though not recognized, have eternal consequences.” 

Commissioner Hudson affirmed that a healthy society rests on the three-legged stool of government, business and non-profit sectors, and that all can work together to bring hope and sustainability to individuals and communities. 

Staff members from the Army’s Social Services Department at National Headquarters, led by Lt. Colonel Michele Matthews, national secretary, were on hand to outline priorities for the coming year. Sabrina Kiser, assistant director of social services, reported that the mission of “loving and caring for our neighbors” brought aid, comfort and hope to 24 million people last year. She said that priorities in 2019 include ameliorating symptoms of poverty, offering hope through sustainable lifestyles for individuals and families, promoting food security, advocating for affordable housing, serving the homeless population, combatting the opioid crisis and providing resources for the Army’s response to disasters.

Several congressional leaders thanked the Army for what it does and expressed their support for legislative initiatives such as the proposed Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act. The bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow a deduction from gross income for charitable contributions. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5771/text

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