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80 INNER CITY DC KIDS GETTING RURAL CAMP EXPERIENCE

July 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Washington, DC – This week, The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command is sponsoring 80 inner city District of Columbia children on a fun-filled week-long adventure to Camp Happyland in rural Virginia. The camp is hosting the group of 40 girls and 40 boys, ranging in age from 6 -12, from July 25-30. The kids boarded buses at the Sherman Avenue Corps in Nortwest DC for the nearly two-hour journey to the camp. 

During their time at Camp Happyland, the children will be able to enjoy swimming, hiking, and participate in making crafts and other character building activities.

National Capital Area Commander Major Steve Morris says, “DC Community Camp is an amazing program where The Salvation Army provides kids a much needed break from the big city. It’s an opportunity for them to have fun with their peers, make new friends and create memories that will last a lifetime. For most of these kids, attending DC Community Camp at Camp Happyland is the only vacation they will have this summer. If not for the generosity of our donors most of these families could not otherwise afford to send them to camp. Our hope is that we will have a positive impact on their lives.”

DC Community Camp is open to children from low income families living in the District of Columbia. Donations made to The Salvation Army underwrite the cost to parents allowing them to pay based on a sliding scale.

About Camp Happyland

Camp Happyland, located amid the rolling hills of Spotsylvania County approximately 90 minutes from the nation’s capital in Richardsville, VA, is situated on 215 acres including woods, a lake, practice field, trails, cabins and a spiritual center.  It is open to children for residential camping trips and groups of seniors for day trips. The Salvation Army has provided camping for children in the National Capital and Virginia areas since the 1920s. Prior to its present location, Camp Happyland was located in Patuxent, MD, and Prince William County, VA. The camp has been open in its Richardsville location since 1969. The American Camping Association accredited facility is operated by The Salvation Army National Capital and Virginia Division.

About The Salvation Army & the National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted more than 62,000 individuals last year from families living across the Greater Washington region by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. We offer emergency eviction and utility cut-off prevention assistance, grocery, clothing and furniture vouchers, meals for the hungry and homeless, support for the disabled, elderly and ill, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, disaster relief, transitional housing for single mothers with children and character building opportunities for youth. To receive help or make a donation, please visit SalArmyDC.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, YouTube and Picasa using keyword SalArmyDC.

Christmas in July – ONE DAY FOOD DRIVE

July 19, 2011 Leave a comment

LOOKING FOR A TON OF FOOD WITH ONE DAY DONATION DRIVE

The Salvation Army seeks the public’s help to fill the shelves at area Food Pantries

 

WASHINGTON, DC – The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command is holding a One Day Food Drive on July 30 in Alexandria (VA) to help restock the food pantry shelves at several of our locations in the Greater Washington area. The Christmas in July One Day Food Drive runs between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in front of The Salvation Army at 6528 Little River Turnpike.

The Salvation Army is looking for contributions of non-perishable food, laundry and hygienic goods. Following the One Day Food Drive, all of the donated items will be distributed to Salvation Army food pantries with the most need across DC, Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland.

Here is the complete list of most needed items:

  • Canned Meats, Beans, Vegetables
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Canned Soups (Pop top can) 
  • Dry Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Rice
  • Dry Cereals
  • Diapers
  • Baby Food
  • Hygiene Products
  • Laundry Soap

The Salvation Army works with families throughout the year to help with many types of assistance and, as is the case in many instances, this includes meeting a family’s nutritional needs. The Army does this by offering grocery vouchers and gift cards as well as filled bag directly from our Greater Washington area food pantries.

Anyone wishing to make a bulk donation should contact Liz O’Dell, Donation Drive and Volunteer Coordinator for the National Capital Area Command, at 202-756-3906.

About The Salvation Army & the National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted more than 62,000 individuals last year from families living across the Greater Washington region by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. We offer emergency eviction and utility cut-off prevention assistance, grocery, clothing and furniture vouchers, meals for the hungry and homeless, support for the disabled, elderly and ill, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, disaster relief, transitional housing for single mothers with children and character building opportunities for youth. To receive help or make a donation, please visit SalArmyDC.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WordPress or Picasa using keyword SalArmyDC.

The Salvation Army Pledges $6 Million for Long-Term Tornado Recovery

July 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Financial Aid, Casework & Community Projects Planned for Storm Ravaged South

 

Atlanta, GA –In April and May of 2011 tornadoes, floods, and other severe weather tore across the southern United States leaving many dead and many more homeless and hungry.  In service of the survivors, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team provided immediate material, emotional, and spiritual care to thousands.  As the disaster operation transitions from response into long-term recovery, The Salvation Army will continue to support relief efforts.  Over the next 12 months, the Army will utilize approximately $6 million to help alleviate ongoing hardships faced by the individuals and families who lost so much.

Recovery funding will be allocated among the four (4) Salvation Army Divisions most affected by the severe storms and employed in communities in eight (8) states:  Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.  Depending on local needs, funds will be utilized as direct financial assistance for survivors, to fund additional response staff positions, and for signature community projects to be determined by local community leaders and Salvation Army personnel.

“Through the provision of financial assistance, casework, and long-term community building, The Salvation Army will ensure that survivors have the tools necessary to restore their lives,” said Jeff Jellets, The Salvation Army’s Southern Territorial Disaster Coordinator.  “The Salvation Army has served in theUnited Statesfor more than 130 years.  We were here before the storms and we will be here long after meeting needs in the local community.” 

The four (4) Salvation Army divisions included in this plan are:

ALM Division (Serving Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi)

  • Total Allocation: $3.25 Million
  • $2.25 million for direct disaster recovery assistance
  • $1 million for community project

KTN Division (Serving Kentucky, Tennessee & Northwest Georgia)

  • Total Allocation: $1.5 Million
  • $1 million for direct disaster recovery assistance
  • $500,000 for community projects

 GEO Division (Serving Georgia)

  • Total Allocation: $1 Million
  • $750,000 for direct disaster recovery assistance
  • $250,000 for community projects

 AOK Division (Serving Arkansas & Oklahoma)

  • Total Allocation: $250,000
  • $250,000 for direct disaster recovery assistance

 

As of July 5, 2011, The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory had raised approximately $11 million dollars for April and May tornado, flood, and severe storm relief.  Following the storms, The Salvation Army committed $3 million to response efforts and has now allocated an additional $6 million to long-term recovery efforts over the next 12 months.  As communities rebuild and survivors’ needs change, The Salvation Army will adjust its long-term recovery plan and allocate all remaining funds and any additional April and May 2011 storm relief funds received to help ensure that its services continue to meet people’s greatest needs. 

To learn more about The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services program please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.  For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.