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WASHINGTON, DC, May 13, 2011 – The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command is postponing our Volunteer Appreciation Picnic scheduled for tomorrow at Kennedy Recreation Center in NW, DC, due to weather concerns.

Over 100 volunteers were set to enjoy freshly grilled hamburgers and hot dogs prepared by Officers from The Salvation Army’s Area Command. Lunch included salad, cookies and music entertainment by members of the National Capital Band.  A friendly, but competitive, game of kick ball was planned as well.  The event was the last activity planned for the local observance of National Salvation Army Week.

However, local forecasts for the weekend are threatening moderate to heavy rain for Saturday forcing the cancellation of tomorrow’s picnic until next month.  

“The Salvation Army’s primary concern is for the safety, security and comfort of our invited guests.  Plus, we all know trying to have a picnic in the rain is not such a good idea. Our volunteers work hard for us all year and we have planned a nice, fun-filled experience. Therefore, we believe postponing the event is the best thing to do. We are hoping the weather will be better next month when the picnic has been rescheduled,” according to Ken Forsythe, Communications Manager and spokesperson for The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command.

The new date for the Volunteer Appreciation Picnic is June 11 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Kennedy Recreation Center located at 1401 7th Street, NW.

Summary of National Salvation Army Week’s Local Activities

Here is a snapshot of The Salvation Army’s achievements during National Salvation Army Week:

  • 100 people attended the Annual Alexandria Civic Dinner held May 7 featuring Vince Lombardi, Jr.
  • Lunch and pampering was provided to 100 mothers in need during the 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon
  • 55 retired military veterans enjoyed donuts and a brass band concert during a visit to the Armed Forces Retirement Home in DC
  • Hosted a Donor Appreciation Reception for more than 80 people from across Greater Washington
  • Gave 1,000 morning commuters free donuts at five Metro stations in Northern Virginia and Maryland

Just One More Thing…

The Salvation Army has one major event left this month that is the Alexandria Women’s Auxiliary Old Fashioned Barbeque Dinner. The fundraiser will take place on May 21 from 5:30 -7:00 p.m. at the Alexandria Corps located at 1804 Mt. Vernon Avenue in the city’s Delray neighborhood. The barbeque falls on Armed Forces Day and, as a result, anyone showing a military ID will receive 10% off the price of their ticket. All proceeds will benefit needy families in Alexandria. There is more information available by calling 703-836-2427 or going online to SalArmyDC.org.

History of National Salvation Army Week

From 1880 to 1954, The Salvation Army in the United States grew into a significant force for good in the lives of many Americans. The Army transformed from small numbers of uniformed men and women working to help the hungry poor into a larger organization offering broader services to assist those in need in any way possible. That year, the 83rd United States Congress recognized The Salvation Army, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower made proclaimed November 28 thru December 4, 1954 the first ever National Salvation Army Week. 

About The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted nearly 63,000 individuals, nearly half for the first time, throughout 2010 by providing a diverse range of social services.  They include serving 165,000 meals to the hungry and filling more than 8,800 grocery orders, providing assistance for the disabled, elderly and ill, and helping an estimated 14,000 underprivileged children with holiday assistance. To make a donation, please visit SalArmyDC.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. 

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