October 20, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Salvation Army in Alexandria will celebrate its 125th Anniversary on October 24 from 4-6 pm in Market Square located in Old Town Alexandria.  A number of speakers and activities are taking place in observance of the first Salvation Army meeting in the city including a dramatic reenactment of the historic first meeting. 


Alexandria Mayor Bill Eullie is scheduled to address the gathering around 5:30 p.m. when he will read a proclamation from the City.  National Capital Area Commander Major Steve Morris will speak to the crowd and The Salvation Army Alexandria Citadel Brass Band is providing music throughout the event. 


The FedEx Mobile Feeding Unit will be on hand to provide free snacks and water. 


The Salvation Army is rolling out the Big Red Kettle into Market Square to highlight the upcoming 2010 Red Kettle Campaign.  The official kick-off for the National Capital Area is November 12 and the campaign runs six weeks.  The Red Kettle Christmas Campaign accounts for 25% of the overall operating budget for The Salvation Army in Alexandria.


Corps Officer Captain Ken Argot said, “The Red Kettle Christmas Campaign is a critical time for The Salvation Army.  Last year’s big snow storm on the weekend before Christmas negatively impacted our ability to raise money through our Red Kettles.  We are praying the weather is more cooperative this year.  Plus, the money raised here stays here and it used for local programs.” 


A Salvation Army Angel Tree will be displayed in Market Square for those wishing to adopt a needy child this Christmas.  The program provides low- or no- income families with emergency holiday assistance.  Last year, The Salvation Army in Alexandria helped 1,400 children, and across the entire National Capital Area Command, nearly 14,000 children were provided a good Christmas.


Any individual or groups wanting to volunteer this Christmas season for The Salvation Army in Alexandria should call 703-836-2427.


The History of The Salvation Army in Alexandria


The first Open Air Meeting was held on August 27, 1885, at the corner of Royal and King Streets in Alexandria by Staff Captain Joseph Pugmire.  This was also the first Salvation Army meeting held in the state of Virginia and the first to become an established Corps in what is now the DC Metro Area.  Four years later, The Salvation Army in Alexandria moved into its first building, and in the years that followed, it moved up and down King Street, sometimes closing for short periods because of funding.  However, in 1919, it moved to 319 King Street and never closed its doors again.  Proudly, in 1965, The Salvation Army in Alexandria built their Corps at 1804 Mt. Vernon Avenue which remains its permanent home. 


Fulfilling Our Mission and Meeting the Needs of Those in Need


Standing on a message from the Bible and ministry motivated by God’s love, The Salvation Army in Alexandria is continuing to preach of Gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination.


For 21 years, The Salvation Army managed the Alexandria Community Shelter on behalf of the City.  The 65-bed facility is a place where people could stay up to 90 days.  During their time at the ACS, The Salvation Army educated residents on building life skills so they could transition into better, and more supportive, living conditions.  This model was extended in 1991, and the Transitional Housing Program was created. The THP addresses the needs of homeless women and women with children in the community.  Women are provided a place to live for two years as they work to break the cycle of chronic homelessness and joblessness. 


The Salvation Army Social Services Office, located next to the Corps, provides emergency assistance for utilities, rent and food.  Youth Character building activities are offered including a summer camping program near Fredericksburg, VA.  Weekly activities and events are available for senior citizens.


Emergency Christmas Assistance is provided to eligible parents through The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program.  Last year, 1,400 children were given a Merry Christmas thanks to the generosity of Alexandria residents and businesses.  Roughly 14,000 children received Angel Tree assistance across the entire National Capital Area.


About The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command


The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assists individuals and families throughout the year by providing a diverse range of social services.  They include feeding for the hungry, disaster relief, and an outreach to the elderly, disabled and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.

To receive help or make a donation, please visit SalArmyDC.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. 

Visit us on The Salvation Army at WordPress, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.  The keyword is SalArmyDC.

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