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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.

MIXED DONATIONS AS THE NEED RISES

December 20, 2011 Leave a comment

WASHINGTON, DC, December 20, 2011 – The Salvation Army’s National Capital Area Commander, Major Steve Morris, is appealing to the public for additional support as the year comes to a close. With 12 days to go in 2011, The Salvation Army is about 25% short of the funds required to continue assisting families in need without interruption. [Read MORE]

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.

Giant Food and The Salvation Army Host “Need Knows No Season” Campaign

August 9, 2011 Leave a comment

August Promotion Prelude to Holiday Season Red Kettle Campaign

 

Landover, Md. (August 9, 2011) – Giant Food of Landover, Md. and The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command are together announcing a summer “Need Knows No Season” giving campaign. The Salvation Army will bring the iconic Red Kettle to 50 neighborhood Giant Food grocery stores in the Greater Washington region. Bell ringers and red kettles will be in front of select Giant stores August 12 and August 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. and August 13 and August 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition, Giant has announced it will support the 2011 Red Kettle Campaign this holiday season and welcome The Salvation Army in front of all 174 neighborhood Giant locations Monday through Saturday for eight hours a day. The 2011 Red Kettle Campaign will kick off on November 10, and bell ringers will begin fundraising November 11.

“Giant Food has a long history of supporting the communities we’re so privileged to serve, and we’ve been a proud partner of The Salvation Army for many of our 75 years,” said Don Sussman, interim president of Giant Food of Landover, Md. “We are proud to host the ‘Need Knows No Season’ giving campaign to benefit The Salvation Army and further their important work in our communities, especially as families and individuals continue to struggle in this difficult economic time. We’re confident the August campaign will be a success as well as a strong prelude to our 2011 holiday season partnership.”

In 2010 alone, The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command served more than 62,000 individuals by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. The National Capital Area Command has assisted the community by providing food for the hungry, companionship to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, opportunities for underprivileged children, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, and many more services to assist those in need.

“The Salvation Army is looking forward to partnering with Giant Food during this month’s summer giving campaign,” said Major Steve Morris, The Salvation Army’s National Capital Area Commander. “We hope our supporters will help by donating desperately needed funds, allowing the Army to provide assistance to people in need throughout the Greater Washington area. The Salvation Army is especially grateful to Giant for renewing full access to our red kettles in front of their stores for the upcoming red kettle campaign. News of this decision is truly a blessing; not only for the Army, but for the more than 62,000 people we serve throughout the year.”  

Earlier this year, in honor of Giant’s 75th anniversary, the neighborhood grocer presented The Salvation Army with $75,000 to further the work of Salvation Army divisions and corps across Giant’s operating area in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Delaware.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 174 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 22,000 associates. Included within the 174 stores are 160 full-service pharmacies. For more information on Giant, visit www.GiantFood.com 

About The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command

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 130 years in the United States. 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. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in communities nationwide. To receive help or make a donation, please visit www.SalArmyDC.org or call (800)-SAL-ARMY. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, YouTube and Picasa using keyword SalArmyDC.

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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.

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.

Systems Are Go for Salvation Army Flood Response in Minot (ND)

June 23, 2011 Leave a comment

June 23, 2011

Minot, ND – With more Salvation Army disaster relief teams from Fargo and the Twin Cities en route, staff and volunteers are providing food, water and emotional support in Minot and nearby cities while flood crews scramble to raise levees. With parts of Minot already underwater, the Souris River is expected to crest this weekend.

“The Salvation Army’s feeding efforts will continue for weeks to come,” said Major Donald Kincaid, Minot Salvation Army administrator. “After the floodwaters recede, we will additionally offer clean-up kits and long-term support.”

“The Salvation Army has served in Minot since 1896,” Kincaid said. “This is our town, too. We are committed to serving this community the best we can, for as long as we are needed.”

Monetary donations:

The Salvation Army needs financial support now for Minot and for ongoing disaster response efforts elsewhere. Donate online at www.salvationarmyusa.org, by calling 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769). You may designate your gift to the effort in MINOT or wherever we are helping to get people back on their feet.

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.

Released by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau.