PITTSBURG — Kicking off the festivities with free donuts on Monday, Pittsburg Salvation Army is hosting events in honor of National Salvation Army week.

The donuts were to celebrate Salvation Army volunteers.

“Most people don’t know that the Salvation Army is credited with popularizing donuts so what we did was celebrate our volunteers,” Coordinator Ryan Urban said.

The staff unveiled an exhibit showcasing the institution’s history Tuesday.

“I designed this in January and we kept adding and subtracting from it up until this point,” Urban said.

The center will host a discount day at its thrift store Wednesday, while Thursday will mark a celebration of its commodities program.

“There’s a lot of underprivileged people in this area, so commodities gives them what they need to survive,” Urban said. “We rely very heavily on volunteers for these kinds of days.”

Finally, the center will host its open house gathering 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday.

“With my position here, I don’t get to see the people we help a lot because it’s mostly behind the scenes, but I know I am an intricate part of this,” Urban said.

Lieutenant Mylie Hadden said she is looking to change people’s perception of the Pittsburg center.

“We’ve painted, we’ve cleaned, and we are looking at how we can service the community better,” Hadden said. “Once people see we are passionate about our job and are really trying to improve things, we will see some change.”

 — Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at bschmitz@morningsun.net.