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Cedar Rapids celebrates National Salvation Army Week

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May 12 marks the start of National Salvation Army Week, and the Cedar Rapids Salvation Army has a number of events planned to celebrate the week.

Monday through Friday, they'll be posting trivia questions to their Facebook page at 10:15 a.m. The first commenter to correctly answer the question can win Salvation Army items.

Monday at noon, the downtown canteen will be giving away free donuts donated by Johnson Avenue Hy-Vee.

A day-long fan drive is planned for Tuesday. Box fans can be dropped off at 1000 C Avenue NW. Last year about 200 fans were distributed to help those in need keep cool during the summer months.

An open house is scheduled from 12:30- 2 p.m. on Wednesday, where visitors can get a tour of the building, meet the staff and learn about services provided to the community. The Taft Middle School Band will also be there at 12:30 p.m. performing during the free community meal program.

The celebration comes to a close on Sunday. Starting at 12:30 p.m., volunteers can clean up the river on C Avenue between Roosevelt Middle School and the river. The canteen will drive near the clean-up crews with a treat for those working.

The Salvation Army is encouraging those in the Cedar Rapids area to use the hashtag #nsawcr when posting to social media sites for the week.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower first declared National Salvation Army Week in 1954.

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