Allen Chan, NAB

I would like to challenge each and every one of us to remember those folks that live among us that are not enjoying the freedom and the life that this country has promised us.  This is not meant to be a political statement – far from it.

In fact, I am talking about the people that – because of addiction or mental issues or bad circumstances – are struggling to ‘make it’ in this – the best country in the world.  While this affects relatively few of the citizens of this great country (in percentage terms), in absolute terms, the numbers are staggering.  More importantly, these are people – individuals – very much like you and me.

As beneficiaries of the promise of this great nation, it is our duty – more like our obligation – to help those that need our help and want our help.  However, it is hard for us to do this individually – us helping one-on-one is but a mere ‘drop in the ocean’.  This is a scale problem that is in need of a scale solution.

That is where the The Salvation Army comes in.  The Salvation Army has been a big part of our social fabric for over 100 years.  It has been doing the work of ‘giving the hopeless hope’ for many years.  More importantly, The Salvation Army is doing its work ‘on the ground’ and all over the nation.  This organization is trying to solve a scale problem with a scale solution.

All this to say, that as we celebrate Independence Day, also please remember The Salvation Army.  They are doing the work to provide the basic needs of people so that they can achieve the confidence and stature to truly appreciate ‘their independence’ in this great country of ours.