Archive for July, 2010

DC Area Kids Head to Camp

July 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Remember back when we were kids.  We just couldn’t wait for summer.   And if we were lucky, our parents took us to the beach or the mountains or somplace else that was just well …fun!  This is that week for a special group of inner city children from the Nation’s Capital.  It’s not called Happyland for nothing.

Seventy excited girls and boys from DC are spending this week at The Salvation Army’s sprawling 300 acre camp in beautiful Spotsylvania County, Virginia.  Camp Happyland is located 90 minutes from the Nation’s Capitol in scenic Richardsville in rural Virginia.  The facility is just west of Fredericksburg. 

Every summer, The Salvation Army offers low-income parents the opportunity to send their kids to the camp.  The children take part in Christian education and character building activities and get to enjoy swimming, hiking, outdoor skills training, rock climbing, crafts and other activities.  

Camp Happyland is accredited by the American Camping Association.


Our Neighbors Needed Us, Answering the Call for Emergency Relief

July 29, 2010 Leave a comment
Captain Roger Hasty

Salvation Army Captain Roger Hasty carrying water from the FedEx Canteen.


The Salvation Army answered the call for assistance from DC and Prince George’s County Emergency Management officials this week to lend a hand to residents affected by last Sunday’s violent thunderstorm. The Salvation Army National Capital Disaster Services team deployed the FedEx Canteen and brought food and hydration to residents in the District and neighboring Prince George’s County. The Army provided lunch, dinner and much needed water to individuals and families that remain without power in many neighborhoods. 

The meals were prepared jointly by an Area Command team and Harbor Light staff. Major Earl Fitzgerald and Captain Roger Hasty (pictured above) assisted the effort by operating and serving from the canteen (mobile kitchen unit) and offering prayer to people who asked for it. 

On Wednesday, 266 lunches, 428 cold beverages and 114 snacks were delivered to a DC Emergency Relief Center and Shepherd’s Park. Similar efforts were made in Prince George’s County. The DCEMA is in the process of closing down its emergency program as power to the city’s residents continues to be restored. The Salvation Army completed its disaster relief service in PG County late Wednesday. 

Here are the final statistics for this week’s local emergency relief activities: 

  • 671 meals served
  • 1,058 drinks distributed
  • 339 snacks distributed
  • 32 people prayed with
  • 6 locations served

From Strength to Strength! A Tribute to Bandmaster Jim Anderson and Christina Anderson

July 13, 2010 Comments off

Retired Bandmaster Jim AndersonOn Sunday, July 18 at 3:00 p.m., a tribute will be held to honor retiring National Capital and Virginia Music Director and Bandmaster Jim Anderson and Christina Anderson, his wife.  The program will highlight Jim’s accomplishments as leader of the Washington, DC-based National Capital Band.  Honors are being given to Christina Anderson for her significant contribution to the music program.  The event is being held at The Salvation Army Alexandria Citadel Corps at 1804 Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia.  For more information, call 703-836-2427.