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Give a Little Extra to Help Fill Kettle Gap

The Salvation Army National Capital Area is asking for the community’s help to fill a gap in Red Kettle Drive donations before the campaign ends on December 24.  The much-needed money will support services provided to those most in need living throughout greater Washington DC. Red Kettle fundraising is down 13% across the region in a year-to-date comparison along with sluggish donations by mail.

The Salvation Army uses Red Kettle and year-round donations to help struggling families, individuals, and veterans with emergency assistance; provide addiction treatment; give youth a safe space to learn and grow, and offer young homeless mothers with children a chance for a better future.  The Salvation Army Grate Patrol provides hot, nutritious evening meals to the homeless living on downtown DC streets every night of the year and even through frigid weather.

National Capital Area Commander for The Salvation Army, Major James “Chip” Hall stated, “We are not sure why kettle donations are off this year. It could be as simple as fewer people carrying cash. Whatever the reason, our fundraising efforts have been affected, and we are asking the public’s help by donating a little extra when they see our kettles. There is no amount too small. Every penny, quarter, dollar, check, and credit card donation helps.”

Major Hall believes The Salvation Army will meet its goal of $1.4 million with help from the community while noting the importance in donating, “The Salvation Army makes the most of each donation we receive. More than 80 cents of every dollar donated directly gives hope to our neighbors in need. The donations we receive change lives in the people we serve.”

Major Hall said noted the many ways the public can pitch in, “Each of our red kettles accept cash, checks, jewelry, gold, and precious coins and at more than 250 locations around the region including most Giant, Safeway, and Walmart stores.”  Additional donation options include calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769), visiting clicking the DONATE button on our website (www.salvationarmynca.org), or mailing a donation using the envelopes received at home.  In Loudon, donors can text LOUDON to 91999.

The Red Kettle Campaign Drive ends next Saturday, December 24.

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted 80,744 people last year through a wide array of services. We offer emergency rental, utility, and food assistance, a homeless nutrition program, transitional housing for young mothers and their children, comprehensive substance abuse treatment, disaster relief, and youth enrichment through music and arts education.

Local Officer and FedEx Canteen Deployed to North Carolina

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command is providing much-needed help to the victims and responders of last week’s hurricane, which swept across the southeastern United States and the Caribbean leaving a swath of death and destruction. Local Salvation Army Corps Officer Pradeep Ramaji, from the Prince George’s County Corps, arrived on Monday in Goldsboro, NC, as part the Army’s second wave of support in the aftermath of last week’s storms. Captain Ramaji took with him one of The Salvation Army’s FedEx Emergency Disaster Canteens.

Captain Ramaji is using the FedEx Emergency Disaster Canteen to provide food, hydration, and compassionate and spiritual care to emergency responders and residents in the affected area. The canteen is a mobile feeding unit that is capable of serving up to 1,500 meals a day during disasters. Captain Ramaji remains deployed through at least October 24.

Grand Opening at Harbor Light joins Philanthropy & Community Together

The Salvation Army opened the doors to the brand new $1.2M George Wesley and Harlene Buchanan Education Wing at the Harbor Light Center in Northeast DC. The new education center promises to enhance greatly the transformational work happening every day at the 18-year-old facility, and paves the way for Harbor Light to fill all 136 beds at the facility. The fifth floor space was previously unfinished.

National Capital Area Commander Major Lewis Reckline said, “The new Buchanan Education Wing provides much needed space for additional classrooms and office in a place where our community’s men and women who are struggling to overcome addiction can get the help they need to heal and move forward with their lives. The Salvation Army is extremely grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan for their kindness and generosity, and for helping our neighbors in need.”

The George Wesley and Harlene Buchanan Education Wing has new offices where Harbor Light’s skilled staff provides ongoing case management to clients at every level of recovery.

Established in 1997, the 136-bed Harbor Light Center provides residential and outpatient comprehensive substance abuse treatment to men and women, with support services for homeless individuals. More than 1,000 local residents received life-changing assistance last year to get their lives back on track.