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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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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.

ONE DAY FOOD DRIVE COMES UP SHORT

August 5, 2011 Leave a comment

ANNANDALE, VA – The Salvation Army’s One Day Food Drive held on July 30 came up short of what is needed to restock multiple pantries across the region. The event took place in front of The Salvation Army Family Store located along Little River Turnpike in Alexandria (VA.) National Capital Area food pantry shelves at many of the Command’s corps are running low and summer is a difficult time of year for donations.

The Salvation Army collected several hundred pounds of non-perishable food and other needed household items; however, this is far short of the one ton target that’s needed for distribution at eight of The Salvation Army’s food pantries across the area including Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland.

“Typically, donations to our food pantries diminish in summer. Yet, the need remains constant for so many families who turn to The Salvation Army for help,” said Major Steve Morris, National Capital Area Commander.  “The extra cost of spiked electricity bills and additional childcare needs during the summer months really adds up quickly for families living paycheck to paycheck. These extra costs often mean having little money left over to put food on the table.  So, it’s our hope that the community will rally around this opportunity and donate one ton of food so we can help feed these struggling families.” 

Donations are being accepted at area Salvation Army Corps (offices.) Below is the preferred list of good still urgently needed:

  • 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 all year to help with many types of assistance and, as is the case in many instances, this includes meeting a family’s nutritional needs. Though the Army may be assisting a family with eviction prevention, through our case management process we often find the family is without groceries as well.

How to Help – Options

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.

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.

Just the Facts: The Salvation Army National Doughnut Day

June 1, 2011 Leave a comment

The Salvation Army celebrated the first National Doughnut Day in 1938 in the city of Chicago as a way to honor Salvation Army “doughnut lassies” from World War I.

  • The Salvation Army started National Doughnut Day as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to the Army’s social service programs during the Great Depression.

Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during WWI.

  • Known as “doughnut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked food for soldiers.
  • Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance came up with the idea of cooking doughnuts in helmets to provide a quick and easy treat for American soldiers.
  • Doughnuts became an instant hit that was brought back to America by returning “doughboys.”

The Salvation Army continues to provide meals, including doughnuts, and numerous other services to clients who visit Salvation Army programs daily.

  • Last year, nearly 30 million Americans received assistance from the Army’s 3,600 officers, 60,000 employees and 3.4 million volunteers.
  • The Army served more than 64 million meals to people in need – that’s more than enough to provide a meal to every man, woman and child living in California and Texas.
  • The Salvation Army has more than 7,800 centers of operation in nearly every ZIP code in the country.
  • The Salvation Army responds to hundreds of natural and man-made disasters every year – providing coffee and doughnuts, as well as warm meals and hydration to nearly 1 million survivors and emergency responders.

Nationally, The Salvation Army partnered with baked goods manufacturer Entenmann’s, which reached their goal of donating $10,000 to The Salvation Army — $1 for every person who LIKED their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Entenmanns) through June 3. In addition, supporters of The Salvation Army and Entenmann’s can text the word “DONUT” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Army.

The Salvation Army is celebrating National Doughnut Day with a variety of events and partnerships, including:

  • Augusta, ME: The Salvation Army will offer free doughnuts and coffee between 7a.m. and 10a.m. at the Tim Hortons on Western Avenue.
  • Chicago, IL: Community members can help The Salvation Army “Erase Hunger” on June 3rd and 4th. Fundraisers will be on the streets handing out commemorative Doughnut Day tags to donors to help support feeding programs for children, seniors, the homeless and families in need. Local celebrities will be participating in events and providing entertainment at the James R. Thompson Center on June 3rd from 11a.m. – 1p.m.
  • Cincinnati, OH: The Salvation Army will partner with the Greater Cincinnati Retail Bakers Association and Kroger grocery stores to host games and other activities, in addition to providing free doughnuts and drinks on June 3.
  • Cambridge, OH:Area grocery stores Riesbeck’s Food Markets and Value Fresh have partnered with The Salvation Army to sell doughnuts in specially designed boxes with The Salvation Army logo. A portion of the money made on those sales will support local Salvation Army programs and services.
  • Dayton, OH: Community members who visit The Salvation Army Ray &JoanKrocCorpsCommunity Center will receive free doughnuts and coffee, as well as information on The Salvation Army and various center activities.
  • Hampton, VA: The Salvation Army and Krispy Kreme are partnering to provide glazed, chocolate, cake and crème-filled doughnuts to Salvation Army clients, including members of senior programs.
  • Little Rock, AR: The Salvation Army is partnering with Krispy Kreme in West Little Rock to pass out free doughnuts to raise awareness and donations for local Salvation Army food programs.
  • Los Angeles, CA: BakeMark will make a $10,000 donation to support The Salvation Army’s Haven Shelter inWest Los Angeles. The Salvation Army will also provide free doughnuts and coffee to veterans at the Haven served by volunteers in “Lassie” uniforms.
  • Nashville, TN: Throughout Nashville, to honor the heritage of this sweet day, Krispy Kreme’s five Nashville Area shops will partner with The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command to help raise money for the less fortunate by hosting the Army’s iconic red kettles at registers.
  • Newark, OH: The Salvation Army will be serving coffee and doughnuts from a disaster services vehicle and mobile kitchenette (canteen) at the Ohio State University Newark Campus on the morning on June 3rd.
  • Phoenix, AZ: Community members who donate gently used items to a Salvation Army Family Store on June 3rd will receive a free Dunkin’s Donut and a coupon for a free dozen Dunkin’ Donuts.
  • Richmond, VA: The Salvation Army of Central, VA will pass out free doughnuts to community supporters and volunteers, as well as local media.
  • Trenton, NJ: TheSalvationAdultRehabilitationCenter will hand out special thank you cards to commemorate the doughnut’s history and to let donors know how their support helps The Salvation Army save lives.
  • Tulsa, OK: During the morning of Wednesday, June 1st, The Salvation Army will partner with three Merritt’s Bakery locations to raise donations through red kettles and offer a variety of unique doughnuts with a free beverage. 
  • Waterville, ME: At The Salvation Army’s facility at225 Main Street,Waterville, Salvation Army “Lassies” in period costumes will serve free coffee and doughnuts compliments of Country Kitchenat9:30 a.m.
  • Wilkes-Barre, PA: Doughnuts will be distributed at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center’s work therapy warehouse to sweeten the beneficiaries’ breaks that day. Shoppers of Salvation Army Family Thrift Store will also be surprised with complimentary coffee and doughnuts.