CREATE A RED SHIELD BOX

Help your neighbors in need by creating a Red Shield Care Box from the safety of your own home. The Salvation Army is continuing to accept your in-kind donations multiple no-contact drop off locations across the DC region. Here is a list of the most critically needed items:

Non-perishable foods

Gift Cards to the local grocery store

Socks, hats, gloves, toiletries

Diapers, baby wipes

Sanitizing Supplies

You may drop off your donations Monday–Friday from 9 am-4 pm at the locations listed below. Please leave donated goods outside the front door and call or text 202-345-2238, indicating the location where you are. We check for drop-offs regularly, too.

DC
• 3335 Sherman Avenue, NW
• 2300 MLK Jr. Avenue, SE
Maryland
• 20021 Aircraft Drive, Germantown*
• 4825 Edmonston Avenue, Hyattsville
Virginia
• 1804 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria
• 518 South Glebe Road, Arlington
• 4915 Ox Road, Fairfax*
• 1483 Old Bridge Rd, Ste 102, Woodbridge

Note that donations can also be shipped to any address above if preferred. Download our Create a Red Shield Box sheet by clicking HERE.

Welcome, New Officers!

Majors Mark and Rhea Dawn Woodcock, Area Commanders for The Salvation Army, are pleased to announce recent promotions and appointments affecting Corps Officers stationed throughout the National Capital Region.  (Formerly Captain) Srikant Bhatnagar was promoted to major in The Salvation Army. Major Bhatnagar has been in The Salvation Army for over 15 years. He and his wife, Captain Indrani Bhatnagar, are the Corps Officers of the Sherman Avenue Corps located in Northwest Washington.

Lieutenants George and Ruby Keith were promoted to Captains. They are the Corps Officers at the Prince George’s County Corps in Hyattsville, Maryland. Captains Keith marked their fifth year of Salvation Army officership and their second year at the Prince George’s County Corps.

Previously, Captains Kelly and Regina Durant were promoted to majors in The Salvation Army. Majors Durant were recently appointed to be Corps Officers at the Prince William County Corps located in Woodbridge, Virginia. As missionaries, the Durants spent several years in South America. They entered The Salvation Army Training College in 2004 and became commissioned officers in 2005.

Captains Timothy and Grace Jo were recently appointed to The Salvation Army Montgomery County Corps, located in Germantown, Maryland. Captains Timothy and Grace joined the Salvation Army in 2006, bringing with them a love of God and classical music. After being called to ministry, the husband and wife duo spent two years at The Salvation Army’s Evangeline Booth (training) College in Atlanta, Georgia, where they graduated in 2014. The Captains were previously appointed to locations in Richmond and Waynesboro, Virginia. They have been married for 23 years and have three children.

Majors Woodcock ask for you to pray for all of the Officers across the Washington, DC region, as they fulfull The Salvation Army’s mission to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs without discrimination. With the guidance of these new promotions and placements, the Salvation Army will be able to continue its commitment to Christ and the community.

Meals for our Homeless Neighbors being served as planned tonight (June 2)

The Salvation Army’s Grate Patrol will continue to operate as planned even as the District of Columbia continues to enforce a curfew in response to the ongoing protests resulting from the death of George Floyd. The restrictions due to the Covid-19 crisis will also not affect the Grate Patrol’s hours and services. Meals will continue to be served 7 days a week at the usual locations within Washington D.C. starting at 7:00 pm and ending at 9:00 pm. In order to accommodate those in need, the Grate Patrol will remain at the first stop (Union Station) longer than usual. Depending on any road closures/protests, some planned stops may not be accessible by the van. If you are planned on utilizing the services of the Grate Patrol, please take this into consideration.

Founded in 1983, the Salvation Army has been providing hot meals and helpful services through the use of a mobile feeding canteen. The Grate Patrol, which is named after the heating grates where many of the homeless congregate, serves 120-150 meals every day of the year. In addition to feeding the homeless, the Grate Patrol provides longterm solutions such as life planning support and access to housing and veteran benefits, substance abuse support, and medical care for those who need it.

About The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army assisted 33,811 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. To make a donation or find help for yourself or someone you know, visit SalvationArmyNCA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or YouTube using keyword SalArmyNCA.

New Leaders begin National Capital Area Appointment

The Salvation Army is welcoming a pair of new leaders to the Greater Washington area this week. Majors Mark A. and Rhea Dawn Woodcock begin their new appointment on June 17, 2019, as the Area Commanders of The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command. The Woodcocks replace Majors James “Chip” and Leisa Hall, who spent the last three years in Washington and were recently appointed to be the Area Commanders of The Salvation Army Palm Beach County (Florida.)

Major Mark Woodcock will oversee the region’s $24M operation consisting of several dozen Salvation Army Officers, 130 employees, 10 corps community and worship centers, emergency social services program, and three specialty units.  Last year, The Salvation Army served 73,200 people throughout Washington, DC and Alexandria, and Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William counties in Virginia; and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland. Major Rhea Woodcock will lead the women’s ministry program, including the Women’s Auxiliary of Washington which raises over $100,000 annually for Salvation Army programs.

Prior to their appointment in the Washington region, Majors Woodcock served as the Divisional Secretaries for The Salvation Army Georgia Division for four years.

Major Mark Woodcock is originally from Salisbury, Maryland.  Rhea Woodcock is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. The two were married in 1980. They have two daughters, one of whom is a Salvation Army Officer stationed in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The Woodcocks are 1987 graduates of The Salvation Army Evangeline Booth College. Majors Woodcock are second and fourth generation Salvation Army Officers, respectively, and represent six generations of family service to The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army provides social service assistance, emergency shelter, homeless nutrition and outreach, addiction treatment, transitional housing, youth programming, and spiritual care to anyone in need without discrimination.

Lieutenants George and Ruby Keith are the new Corps Officers of The Salvation Army Prince George’s County Corps located in Hyattsville, Maryland. The Keiths appointment is effective on June 17, 2019.

About The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army served more than 73,937 people last year through a wide array of services.  Our Officers, employees, and volunteers provide compassionate care to everyone in need of help without discrimination. We offer meals and services to the homeless and emergency assistance to individuals and families (rent, utilities, and food). Additionally, we provide transitional and supportive living assistance for mothers and their children and comprehensive addiction treatment for adults. The Salvation Army responds to natural and other disasters by providing emergency relief to first responders and all those in need of support during times of crisis. Learn more or donate today by visiting us at SalvationArmyNCA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Connect with us and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using keyword SalArmyNCA.

First Salvation Army DC Youth Ballers Football Camp

Approximately 150 D.C. kids will get top-of-the-line athletic instruction from some of the Capital Area’s football greats! Retired Redskins players Santana Moss and Brian Mitchell and The Catholic University of America Cardinals football team are collaborating to host The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command’s first “D.C. Youth Ballers Camp.”

The camp aims to provide young campers with the skills and attitude needed to succeed. The Salvation Army has a history of promoting child development and enrichment through education inside and outside the classroom. With this memorable experience, we hope to set kids on a path to lead during plays and in their community.

From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., campers will learn the best from Moss and the Cardinals’ coaching staff, led by Head Coach Mike Gutelius, at Cardinal Stadium on The Catholic University’s campus. Lunch will be provided to campers on both days by Timber Pizza Company and Brookland Pint, and Gatorade will be provided by Giant Foods. Campers were registered for the free camp in May through the Sherman Avenue Corps, Solomon G. Brown Corps, Beacon House, and The Ward 5 Warriors.

Beacon House is a Northeast DC-based nonprofit with a mission to support young students in Ward 5 by providing a safe, nurturing community; increasing their academic enrichment; and helping them grow into healthy adults who will achieve their greatest potential. Ward 5 Warriors a community-based youth organization aimed at giving local children with positive outlets and empowerment through mentorship and athletics.