A Homerun with the Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals hosted the first Salvation Army Day at the Nats on July 6. It was a time to celebrated The Salvation Army’s work with youth around the region. Approximately, 500 donors, volunteers, staff, and children attended the game between the Nationals and the Brewers. Washington beat Milwaukee 7 to 4.

Children, teens, and staff from Camp Happyland traveled to the stadium, which is located along the Anacostia Riverfront, to enjoy a great afternoon of baseball. For many of the children, this was the first time attending a major league baseball game. Young musicians from enrolled at the James Anderson  Summer Music Conservatory at Camp Happyland performed a pre-game concert on the main plaza and played the national anthem just before the game began. Ten lucky DC children were “anthem buddies” and stood next to a Nats player.

The Nationals presented the Spirit Award to The Salvation Army and our new Area Commanders Majors James “Chip” and Leisa Hall and Advisory Board Chairman Tim Osburne accepted the award. Major James Hall also took part in the line-up card ceremony.

The children of Captains Janice and Karl Dahlin held the finish line tape during the President’s Race, which took place before the start of the 4th inning. President Taft won.

A portion of each ticket sold through a special link will be donated to The Salvation Army to help a child to attend Camp Happyland. Donations to The Salvation Army helps hundreds of kids all year round.

Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer and his wife Erika made a generous $10,000 donation to The Salvation Army last Christmas following a break-in at our DC Angel Tree warehouse.

The Salvation Army is grateful to the Washington Nationals for a great day at Nationals Park!

Pictures from the day can be found on our Facebook page located at




Crowell & Moring – Angel Tree

Took Crowell believed that every member of an organization should give back to the community. The co-founder of Crowell & Moring made giving to the less fortunate part of the culture at the international law firm with offices in DC. The seeds of giving planted by Mr. Crowell grew into a strong 25-year relationship with The Salvation Army benefitting families in need.

The dedicated attorney and professional staff at Crowell & Moring help more than 100 families each year through the Angel Tree Program, The Salvation Army’s Christmas assistance program benefitting local children. Crowell & Moring purchases toys and gifts for girls and boys whose parents cannot afford to buy them anything. Members of the firm also donate their time at the Angel Tree warehouse – helping to organize and, ultimately, distributing gifts to families.

Crowell & Moring’s Angel Tree Coordinator Karen Lee says, “Some people would say the families are lucky to have people like us to help, but we are the lucky ones to be able to give back to our community.” Karen said it is a joy to see the parents (or guardians) of these Angels and the firm’s staff greatly enjoys participating in the (Angel Tree) program and will for years to come.

The Salvation Army is grateful to Took Crowell for his vision to give back, and the staff at Crowell & Moring for doing the most good for those most in need.