The Salvation Army is known to most people as a bit of a weird church sect of a Christian denomination, often found in the streets of Britain or the USA playing some brass music whilst wearing army type uniforms.
Well, let me tell you that the Ejército de Salvación, as the organisation is called here in Spain, is also doing a lot of good work in helping the poor, the destitute, the underprivileged and the less fortunate.
The Salvation Army is presently based in 118 countries all over the world, would you believe it? Since 1971, Spain is included in its programme of spreading the word and providing practical help to some down-and-outs. Here in Mallorca, the Good Samaritans have offices in Cala Major, just down from the Palau Reial de Marivent, as well as outlets for second-hand clothes in Palma, Port de Pollença and Palmanova. The gospel is preached in Cala Major in English and Spanish.
La Crisis appears to be the cause of increased need for help, at least here in Mallorca. Whereas the Ejército de Salvación was looking after 85 people here in need of some help one year ago, as of January 2009 the number of people registered for Ayudas has now increased to 180. Help is granted in various forms, from food and clothes supplies to help with finding employment, paper-work and general assistance in settling-down, immigration and integration.
Donations in any form are hugely welcome. If you happen to have some spare of anything (food, books, clothing or items of furniture, or even some spare money) why not pop down to Avinguda Joan Miró no. 285, Mondays to Saturdays, 10h00 to 14h00?
The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: May 26th, 2009. The time was 14:43:35.