LIMA — It’s been 125 years since the Salvation Army set up shop in Lima to serve this community. And as its done since opening its doors in 1888, the Salvation Army is putting community over tradition.
“Our actual anniversary date is November 18, but that’s during the Kettle Campaign, and the weather is too cold to host an outdoor event then. So we decided to do this in the spring so the community can come out and enjoy themselves. It’s our way of giving back,” said Major Phil Tamayo of the Lima Salvation Army.
The local army is filling its lot at 614 E. Market St. for the afternoon with inflatables for the kids, and a car show for the adults. “We also have an Elvis impersonator, we have Barney Fife and his patrol car, we have food, and we have a lot of activities,” Tamayo said. So much, in fact, that parking for the afternoon will be across the street at Lima Senior High.
“We wanted this to be a fun way of acknowledging and celebrating our service here,” Tamayo said.
Prior to the afternoon celebration, the army will host a morning worship and praise service that will include past leaders and the divisional Salvation Army Brass Quartet.
Since its inception, the Salvation Army has fed, clothed and offered aidd to thousands in the area. In 2011, more than 19,000 people were assisted through after-school programs, worship services, material assistance, and an annual Christmas campaign that helped 3,240 individuals and distributed almost 6,000 toys.
“We like to look at this anniversary as proof that we’re here for the long haul. As long as our services are needed, we will be here,” Tamayo said.