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 (, 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.

Prince William Women Compete on Cake Wars

Two local Prince William County women competed recently on the hit TV show Cake Wars. Deborah Church and Monique Hines, who are both volunteers for The Salvation Army Prince William County Corps, appeared in the Food Network show’s episode titled “Shark Lagoon.” The episode aired on Monday, February 15th. Cake Wars features four of the country’s top bakers to compete against each other for a $10,000 prize in a cupcake baking competition.

Deborah Church is the CEO of Delicate Creations. She along with Monique Hines have sponsored a cupcake fundraiser to benefit kids and youth programs at The Salvation Army Prince William Corps. From the promotion, “Cupcakes with a Cause,” the bakery will donate a portion of proceeds to The Salvation Army.

Hines is no stranger to The Salvation Army. A few years ago, when things were not going so well, she turned to us for assistance. Her immediate need was met and Hines enrolled into the STEP program – Steps to Eliminate Poverty. The program educates participants money management including living on a tight budget. It was designed to help low income families find financial stability.

The Salvation Army Prince William Corps is located at 1483 Old Bridge Road in Woodbridge, VA, where they offer help and hope to local families and individuals in need