One of the biggest obstacles a charitable organization deals with is getting word to those who need the help. In a bid to raise awareness, the Dodge City Salvation Army held an open house on Wednesday.

"We are very pleased with the turnout," said Lt. Enrique Coreano. "We are glad so many members of the community were able to come."

The Dodge City Salvation Army offered coffee and donuts to its visitors and also gave tours of the facility on Avenue E.

"We also told everyone about the services and programs we offer," Coreano said. "It’s hard to get help for those who need it if those who need it don’t know where to get it."

The open house was a part of National Salvation Army Week. On Monday a Dodge City proclamation was read at the city commission meeting naming the week National Salvation Army Week in the community.

"Our flag is flying at city hall," Coreano said. "It’s good to see it being honored in such a way."

The Salvation Army canteen will be at Dillons on Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. offering coffee and donuts to all.

"It’s our way of giving back some," Coreano said. "It’s the last event for us during the week, but everything has been great.

"We couldn’t have asked for a better turnout to the open house and we’re excited about the future."

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