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ANTICIPATED BOOST IN RED KETTLE DONATIONS WILL HELP MEET GROWING NEED

February 2, 2012 Leave a comment

February 1, 2012

 

The final 2011 Christmas Campaign Report; plus, local philanthropist offers match as challenge to the community

The Salvation Army National Capital Area raised $1.4 million during the recently completed 2011 Red Kettle Campaign. Compared with the year before, this reflects an increase of 15% in kettle funds received.  The anticipated boost was budgeted and is needed by The Salvation Army in order to continue Doing the Most Good due to an increase in the number of families served.  In 2011, The Salvation Army National Capital Area command served 73,000 individuals, approximately 11,000 more than the previous year.  Across the US, The Salvation Army raised $147.6 million during the time, a new fundraising record and an increase of 3.4 percent from 2010.

The Salvation Army National Capital Area is still behind by 3% in mail donations over last year.  To help with this decline, the CEO of ML Resources, Muslim Lakhani, made an offer to The Salvation Army to match donations, up to $150,000, as part of community challenge and funding renewal for Grate Patrol, the Army’s 26 year old year-round homeless nutritional ministry in Washington.  This is the fourth consecutive year Mr. Lakhani has funded the program.

“The community’s generosity during the Army’s 2011 Red Kettle Campaign was greatly appreciated,” said Area Commander, Major Steve Morris. “Our hope is that those who are able to will give during this time to double the impact of their gift allowing The Salvation Army to provide assistance to families through the winter months.”

We encourage everyone wishing to have their donation matched to give as soon as they are able.  Please remember to write MATCH all personal and business checks, and in the designated space for online donations.

Gratitude for Community Partners

The Salvation Army National Capital Area is grateful for its corporate partnerships including Giant Food, Safeway, Walmart, and many other retailers; all of whom played a major role in the success of the Red Kettle Campaign.

About The Salvation Army & the National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted more than 73,000 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 YouTube, Twitter or Facebook at keyword SalArmyDC.

The Salvation Army’s DC Angel Tree Program Distribution Begins December 16

December 15, 2011 Leave a comment

The Salvation Army will distribute thousands of toys to close to 13,000 needy area children this Christmas season

THE SALVATION ARMY TO PROVIDE THANKSGIVING ASSISTANCE TO HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES THIS WEEK

November 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Doing the Most Good to help those in need throughout DC and the surrounding communities

 

Washington, DC, November 22-24, 2011 – The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command is providing holiday assistance to people in need this Thanksgiving that will include serving thousands of traditional Thanksgiving meals and giving more than $43,000 in grocery assistance through gift cards to needy families. 

Below is a list of activities this Thanksgiving Week throughout the National Capital region.

 

November 22-24 The Salvation Army is providing gift cards grocery for needy families living in Alexandria City as well as Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

 

A total of more than $43,000 in gift cards to a regional grocery retailer will be given to families in the most need in order for them to buy food for Thanksgiving.

Nearly 1,500 grocery store gift cards valued at $30 each are being given to families in need throughout the National Capital area.  The distribution is as follows: 300-Alexandria City; and in the following counties: 166-Arlington, 333-Fairfax, 200-PrinceWilliam, 333-Montgomery and 133-Prince George’s.
November 22

6:00–8:00pm

Thanksgiving Dinner for Holly Acres Families Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Harbour View in Woodbridge

The Salvation Army Prince William Corps is a participating community partner for this event.

A Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner is being served to 400 people in need from the Holly Acres mobile park that lost their homes in the September flooding.  Harbour View

13200 Marina Way, Woodbridge.

November 23

11:00am–3:00pm

Safeway Feast of Sharing

 

As a participating community partner, The Salvation Army provided over 50 volunteers to assist in food prep for this event. An additional 70 volunteers will be on hand to help serve dinner to those in need.

About 5,000 DC residents will be provided a traditional Thanksgiving meal. This annual event will again be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
November 24

11:00am–2:00pm

 

Dinner will be served at both

11:15am and

12:00pm

Thanksgiving Day Dinner at The Salvation Army Sherman Avenue Corps (located in Northwest Washington, DC)

 

The Salvation Army Sherman Avenue Corps is located at 3335 Sherman Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

The Salvation Army is partnering with the Cheesecake Factory give 400 DC residents a delicious Thanksgiving Day meal.  Local employees from the national restaurant chain and Salvation Army volunteers will serve dinner at 11:15am and 12:00 pm.
November 24

 

The Salvation Army Fairfax Corps Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the Waterford

 

The Waterford banquet hall is located at 12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Fairfax, VA

 

The Salvation Army Fairfax Corps is partnering with the Waterford restaurant to provide Thanksgiving Day Dinner to 250 people in need from Fairfax County, Virginia.

 Please note: Major Steve Morris will be available for comment at the Feast of Sharing event.

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 YouTube, Twitter or Facebook at keyword SalArmyDC.

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The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon to Benefit Local Families in Need

September 14, 2011 Leave a comment

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will hold its 62nd Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at the Ritz Carlton on 1150 22nd Street, N.W. in Washington, DC.  Featuring the Fall Collection of Saks Fifth Avenue, Chevy Chase, the Luncheon Fashion Show begins at 12 Noon. This event is vitally important to The Salvation Army’s work throughout the National Capital area including DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.  All proceeds from this event support The Salvation Army programs and services that advance education, relieve poverty, and bring comfort to the neediest in the area.

 The Salvation Army is Doing the Most Good to assist people in need who call the Greater Washington area home. Among the community-based services sustained with proceeds from this event are Harbor Light, a substance abuse program for men and women; Turning Point, a transitional housing program serving mothers and children in crisis; The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program which provides holiday toys and clothing to area children; and Camp Happyland and the Music Conservatory, where local children are given the opportunity to play and learn in a safe environment and develop music skills.

Tickets to the event are $125.  For more information, please contact Women’s Auxiliary Coordinator, Mary C. Gonzalez at (202)756-2568 or at MCG@uss.salvationarmy.org or Carmen Stull, Fashion Show Chair at (301) 675-7162 or at carmenstull@verizon.net.  You can also visit the Salvation Army website at http://www.SalArmyDC.org.

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 YouTube, Twitter or Facebook at keyword SalArmyDC.

THE SALVATION ARMY COMMEMORATES 10th ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11th

September 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Memorial Services and Ceremonies Nationwide Honor Those Lost During Attacks

(Alexandria, VA) September 11, 2011 – The Salvation Army will host a variety of events, including a support center for members of the 9/11 community in New York City during the 10th anniversary of September 11th. The Salvation Army will remember and honor the victims and heroes of the terrorist attacks and their loved ones through memorial services and events in New York City and Washington, DC, as well as in other cities across the country. Community members in these cities and others are invited to attend the ceremonies and 9/11 Day of Service activities with The Salvation Army. Events include memorial services, remembrance ceremonies, candlelight vigils, parades and food drives.

In partnership with the Mental Health Association of New York City, The Salvation Army will host a support center for members of the 9/11 community starting at 7:30am EST. 9/11 survivors, displaced residents, first responders and volunteers from all agencies, as well as families of victims not attending the World Trade Center ceremony are invited. The “Family Support Center” will feature live streaming of the national memorial service in a press-free environment. Refreshments will be served and supportive services, including child care, mental-health services and massage therapy will be available to all who attend. 

“In New York City and across the country, today is about honoring the victims of the tragic terrorist attacks that impacted an entire nation ten years ago,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army. “Through a variety of partnerships, ceremonies and community activities across the country, The Salvation Army is welcoming the heroes, families and community members of 9/11 through its doors, to not only remember, but to look forward beyond the loss. 

Events at the Centennial Memorial Temple in New York City will be open to the public and feature The Salvation Army New York Staff Band and guest speakers including Dr. Charles Stanley, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church Atlanta in Atlanta, GA, and founder and president of In Touch Ministries.

The Salvation Army in Washington, DC will host a Disaster Response Volunteer Training on September 10 in Fairfax, VA. The Army will also participate in the Mayor’s “Tribute to Service – Honoring the Victims, Survivors, and Heroes of 9/11” at Freedom Plaza from 1- 4:00 pm.The memorial serves as an opportunity for members of the community to give back to their neighbors as they did following the attacks of 9/11 ten years ago. 

“The American people have come a long way since September 11. People emerged from the tragedy a more unified nation more willing to help their neighbors in times of great need,” said Major Hood. “On this National Day of Service, The Salvation Army will carry on that tradition and continue to help people who are less fortunate.” 

Salvation Army locations across the country will take part in various programs and events to commemorate the 10th anniversary. Other cities in which The Salvation Army will honor the memory of the victims, survivors and heroes of 9/11 include:

  • Albert Lea, MN: The Salvation Army will participate in events throughout the day and a remembrance ceremony at the Moose Lodge by the Legion Color Guard at 5:30pm CST.
  • Anchorage, AK: The Anchorage Salvation Army Corps is planning a service of remembrance on September 11 at 6:00pm AKDT. 
  • Denver, CO: Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service (EDS) volunteers will march in the 9/11 remembrance parade in Denver with the local FEMA partners, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Mayor Michael B. Hancock.
  • Grand Rapids, MI: The Salvation Army will host a day-long remembrance in partnership with the Boy Scouts and other local, state and national organizations for a series of family events at the Gerald R. Ford museum and the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. 
  • Kenai, AK: The Kenai Ministerial Alliance is coordinating a moment of silence for all member churches at 11:10am AKDT.  The Salvation Army Corps Community Center in Kenai will show 9/11 videos before and after.
  • Los Angeles, CA: The Salvation Army will conduct a 9/11 Remembrance Service at the Corps Center in the afternoon and will host a Ceremony of Remembrance & Appreciation at Rose Hills Memorial Park, at 7pm PST.
  • Minneapolis, MN: The Salvation Army will participate in the “Mass of Thanksgiving & Remembrance” at the Cathedral of Saint Paul starting at 4:30pm CST, with a civic commemoration and Memorial Mass at 5:00pm CST.
  • Rochester, MN: Mayor Ardell Bredewill honor The Salvation Army with a special award for their services at 12pm CST.
  • Sacramento, CA: The Salvation Army will partner with The Fish (Christian Radio) and Fox 40 (affiliate) for a shoe drive to benefit clients of the Army’s rehabilitation centers.
  • Salt Lake City, UT: The Salvation Army will host an appreciation event for neighborhood firefighters and police officers.
  • Santa Rosa, CA: The Santa Rosa Corps will host a Food Drive and Root Beer Float Social at the Oakmont retirement from noon to 3pm PST on 9/11.  The Army is also working with local churches on a one day food drive that day.
  • San Francisco, CA: The Salvation Army will participate in a morning prayer at Crissy Field in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, hosted by the San Francisco Interfaith Council at 5:47am PST, and a remembrance at Golden Gate Park with the San Francisco Interfaith Council and the San Francisco Opera at 1:30pm. The Opera will perform Mozart’s Requiem, with readings of prayers and passages between each piece.
  • Wichita Falls, TX: The Salvation Army will dedicate its morning Holiness Meeting in honor of those who lost loved ones on 9/11. The service will include a candlelight vigil. 

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

LITTLE CAESARS LOVE KITCHEN SERVING FREE PIZZA TO NEEDY IN PRINCE GEORGE’S TUESDAY

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Hyattsville, MD – The Little Caesars Love Kitchen is coming to The Salvation Army Prince George County Corps in Hyattsville on August 23 to provide fresh Little Caesars pizza meals for approximately 600 people in need at area shelters.

A pizza kitchen on wheels, the Little Caesars Love Kitchen travels across the continental United States and Canada meeting the needs of the hungry, the homeless and disaster survivors.

“The Love Kitchen was created to provide quality meals for people who need them,” said Little Caesars local franchisee Irfaan Lalani. “As a member of the area business community, it’s important to me to support people when they need it and help make the community stronger. I’m excited to support this program with food and staff to provide a quality meal for people who otherwise may not get one.”

The Little Caesars Love Kitchen has fed more than two million people in 48 states and four Canadian provinces. It has also responded to disasters such as the floods in North Dakota and Iowa, the hurricanes in the Gulf Coast area in 2008 and in 2005, the site of the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and the 1995 Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City. Established by Little Caesars in 1985, the Love Kitchen exemplifies Little Caesars’ strong tradition of giving back to America’s communities.

“We know that it’s important to reach out to the communities where we do business, and help make a difference,” said David Scrivano, president, Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. “As a family company, we are proud to work together with our local franchisees and company-owned stores to coordinate the vehicle, staff and food and to be there for people in Hyattsville who need assistance.”

Major Steve Morris, Area Commander of The Salvation Army National Capital region, said, “We are very thankful to Irfann Lalani and the Little Caesars Love Kitchen team for offering to provide these delicious and much needed meals to those in need living in Prince George’s County. It is our hope to bring smiles to the faces of these families currently receiving assistance from our partnering organizations. We are praying that this gesture will go a long way to helping them in their situations.”

Local Little Caesars franchise owners and company regional offices donate all food and labor costs for the Love Kitchen servings. An estimated 50,000 Little Caesars franchise owners and employees have volunteered their time over the years to support the program in their local communities.

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 YouTube, Twitter or Facebook at keyword SalArmyDC.

About Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.

Little Caesars Pizza founders Michael and Marian Ilitch opened their first restaurant in Garden City, Michigan, in 1959. Little Caesars, the fastest growing pizza chain, built more stores in the world in 2009 than any other pizza brand and today is the largest carry-out chain globally with restaurants on five continents. Little Caesars is growing in prime markets across the country, and is offering strong franchisee candidates an opportunity for independence with a proven system. For the third year in a row, Little Caesars was named “Best Value in America”* of all quick-serve restaurant chains. In addition, Little Caesars offers strong brand awareness with one of the most recognized and appealing characters in the country, Little Caesar.

LITTLE CAESARS LOVE KITCHEN SERVES FREE PIZZA TO NEEDY IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

The Little Caesars Love Kitchen is rolling into The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in Washington, DC to provide enough fresh Little Caesars pizza meals to feed nearly 600 people in need on August 22. The Salvation Army GRATE Patrol will distribute a great deal of the pizzas to those without a place to call home living on the streets of DC.

A pizza kitchen on wheels, the Little Caesars Love Kitchen travels across the continental United States and Canada meeting the needs of the hungry, the homeless and disaster survivors. 

“The Love Kitchen was created to provide quality meals for people who need them,” said Little Caesars local franchisee Richard Ruggiero. “As a member of the area business community, it’s important to me to support people when they need it and help make the community stronger. I’m excited to support this program with food and staff to provide a quality meal for people who otherwise may not get one.”

Major Steve Morris, Area Commander of The Salvation Army National Capital region, said, “We are very grateful to Mr. Ruggiero and the entire Little Caesars Love Kitchen team for providing those in need with these delicious and much needed meals.  Our hope is this will bring a smile to the faces of our clients with no place to call home and lighten their burden of wondering where their next meal will come from.”

In 2010, The Salvation Army GRATE Patrol provided over 54,000 nutritious meals to homeless men and women living on the streets of the nation’s capital. Created in 1985, the GRATE Patrol homeless outreach program brings help those without a place to live and call Washington’s streets home. The Salvation Army offers not only a nutritious meal to the clients, but employs a dedicated full time caseworker that helps them to find medical services and more.

The Little Caesars Love Kitchen has fed more than two million people in 48 states and four Canadian provinces. It has also responded to disasters such as the floods in North Dakota and Iowa, the hurricanes in the Gulf Coast area in 2008 and in 2005, the site of the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and the 1995 Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City. Established by Little Caesars in 1985, the Love Kitchen exemplifies Little Caesars’ strong tradition of giving back to America’s communities.

“We know that it’s important to reach out to the communities where we do business, and help make a difference,” said David Scrivano, president, Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. “As a family company, we are proud to work together with our local franchisees and company-owned stores to coordinate the vehicle, staff and food and to be there for people in Washington, D.C. who need assistance.”

Local Little Caesars franchise owners and company regional offices donate all food and labor costs for the Love Kitchen servings.  An estimated 50,000 Little Caesars franchise owners and employees have volunteered their time over the years to support the program in their local communities. 

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 YouTube, Twitter or Facebook at keyword SalArmyDC. 

About Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc.

Little Caesars Pizza founders Michael and Marian Ilitch opened their first restaurant in Garden City, Michigan, in 1959. Little Caesars, the fastest growing pizza chain, built more stores in the world in 2009 than any other pizza brand and today is the largest carry-out chain globally with restaurants on five continents. Little Caesars is growing in prime markets across the country, and is offering strong franchisee candidates an opportunity for independence with a proven system. For the third year in a row, Little Caesars was named “Best Value in America”* of all quick-serve restaurant chains. In addition, Little Caesars offers strong brand awareness with one of the most recognized and appealing characters in the country, Little Caesar.