YEAR-END DONATIONS NEEDED TO CLOSE THE GAP

 

The National Capital Area Commander urges the community to make one last tax-deductible contribution before midnight on December 31 to help feed and shelter people in need.

Washington, DC (December 31, 2018) – Donations from the recently concluded 2018 Red Kettle Campaign, which ended on Christmas Eve, came up short of its target and The Salvation Army is asking for the public’s help during these final hours of 2018. Kettles were down roughly 13% in the days before the $1.5 million ended a week ago.

National Capital Area Commander Major James Hall said, “We were hoping to reach this year’s Red Kettle goal.” Major Hall continued by saying, “The Salvation Army depends on donations to keep up with the need and growing demand for services across the region.”

The Red Kettle campaign began on November 9 and ended on December 24.

Major Hall is reminding everyone the tough winter months present challenges to financially struggling families, “Many of the families we serve are barely surviving. These winter months will create an even bigger challenge for them – many will have to decide if they’ll pay the rent or mortgage (to maintain shelter over the family’s heads) but not pay their full utility bill or even buy enough groceries to put on the table.”

The Salvation Army experiences an uptick in requests for help during cold weather months. Families seek assistance for a variety of reasons – including rent, utility, and food assistance. The Salvation Army helped more than 33,000 households last year throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland suburbs, and Northern Virginia.

Major Hall said The Salvation Army has no plans to cut services, but emphasized more financial help is needed to continue meeting the increased needs of the community. “We are asking our supporters to consider making one more tax-deductible donation during these final hours of 2018. It would help us tremendously to fill in the gap left in our kettle fundraising.”

All contributions must be received by no later than 12:00 Midnight on December 31, 2018 to be counted for the 2018 tax year.

Below are ways to donate to The Salvation Army during these final hours of 2018:

 Online / Phone

Most major credit cards accepted.

Amazon Alexa

Donations can be made using any Amazon Alexa device by simply saying, “Alexa, make a donation to The Salvation Army.”

Local Officer and Volunteers deployed to help Hurricane Michael victims

The Salvation Army deployed a local emergency disaster teams and equipment in response to Hurricane Michael, which roared through Florida’s panhandle and southeast Georgia earlier this week leaving behind a trail of destruction. Lieutenant Shane Owens of The Salvation Army Montgomery County Corps departed the Washington, DC region yesterday. Owens is joined by two local volunteers, both from Northern Virginia. The team will serve emergency responders and residents affected by Hurricane Michael from The Salvation Army’s FedEx disaster canteen.

Trained emergency disaster personnel provide food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual support to survivors and emergency first responders. The Salvation Army mobile feeding disaster canteens can serve 1,500 meals per day. The canteens carried food, water, and snacks.
How to help

The best way to support the survivors of Hurricane Michael is by making a financial contribution. This gives relief organizations flexibility to quickly and efficiently meet the immediate needs of disaster survivors without incurring many of the costs associated with sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods.

You can support the ongoing relief work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation:

  • Online: helpsalvationarmy.org
  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • Text to Give: To receive a donation link via text: Text STORM to 51555
  • Mail checksto: The Salvation Army, P.O. BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301
  • Please designate ‘2018 Hurricane Season – Michael’ on all checks.
  • Amazon’s ALEXA can now help to donate to The Salvation Army Hurricane Michael Relief. Simply say, “Hey Alexa, make a donation to The Salvation Army!

 

We will provide additional updates as they are made available.

Local Officers, Equipment Deployed to Assist Relief Effort

The Salvation Army deployed two local emergency disaster teams and equipment to assist with the ongoing relief efforts for Hurricane Florence. Major Donald Wilson of The Salvation Army Fairfax Corps and Captain Srikant Bhatnagar of The Salvation Army Sherman Avenue Corps were dispatched to Goldsboro, North Carolina, where they will serve first responders and residents from one of The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster canteens. Captain Bobby Carr of The Salvation Army Solomon G. Brown Corps and The Salvation Army FedEx disaster canteen also arrived in Goldsboro, NC, over the weekend. Captain Carr, along with Lt. Alfonso Hughes of The Salvation Army Alexandria Corps, and an emergency disaster volunteer, will serve those affected by Hurricane Florence.

Trained emergency disaster personnel are prepared to provide food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual support to survivors and first responders. The Salvation Army disaster canteens can serve 1,500 meals per day. The canteens are stocked with food, water, and snacks.

In response to Hurricane Florence, The Salvation Army has provided:

25,699 Meals
23,194 Drinks
10,566 Snacks
82 assigned Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens) and 52 in service.
250 Comfort Kits
14,222 hours of employee and volunteer service
The above update is as of September 16, 2018.

How to help
The best way to support the survivors of Hurricane Florence is by making a financial contribution. This gives relief organizations flexibility to quickly and efficiently meet the immediate needs of disaster survivors without incurring many of the costs associated with sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods.

You can support the ongoing relief work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation:

  • Online: helpsalvationarmy.org
  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • To receive a donation link via text: Text STORM to 51555
  • Mail checks to: The Salvation Army, P.O. BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301
    Please designate ‘2018 Hurricane Season – Florence’ on all checks.You can now use ALEXA to donate to The Salvation Army Hurricane Florence Relief.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to disaster.salvationarmy.org.

Hurricane Florence Quick Facts

EDS teams preparing for Hurricane Florence

The Salvation Army National Capital and Virginia Division is closely monitoring weather conditions as Hurricane Florence continues its path in the Atlantic Ocean. Most recent reports indicate it may build to a Category 3-4 storm and make landfall on the North Carolina and South Carolina coast on Thursday. Coastal areas may see high winds and heavy rainfall late Wednesday. In anticipation of the potential impact of Hurricane Florence, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Saturday.

“Together with our emergency response team in the Carolinas and our national disaster teams, we are closely monitoring the storm. We will be ready to respond locally in coastal areas and beyond, where heavy rainfall and potential flooding may impact wide areas in Virginia,” said Major Chris Flanagan for The Salvation Army National Capital and Virginia Division. “We pray that the impact will be light, but we are ready to provide relief and support our emergency management partners.”

The Salvation Army coordinates with community agencies and emergency management officials to strategically provide meals, drinks, and spiritual and emotional care to first responders and disaster survivors. The Salvation Army National Capital and Virginia Division has 8-10 mobile feeding units ready for disaster response throughout Virginia and those units and personnel can move to the most impacted areas.

The Salvation Army encourages individuals in the mid-Atlantic region to monitor the weather and storm alerts and be prepared for evacuation and the aftermath of the storm. Visit https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan for more information.

September 10, 2018

Distributed by 

Karen Yoho, Divisional Communications Director
The Salvation Army National Capital and Virginia Division

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