Celebrating National Salvation Army Week

The Salvation Army is excited to celebrate National Salvation Army Week, May 10-16, 2021. Since the 1880s, The Salvation Army has faithfully and consistently worked to help those in need from our community, every day of the year, assisting individuals and families who may find themselves in crisis, providing shelter to those experiencing homelessness, feeding the hungry, and much more.

Back in 1954, the week of November 28-December 4 was declared by the United States Congress and proclaimed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to be the first National Salvation Army Week, as a reminder to Americans to give freely of themselves. In his speech, President Eisenhower said:

“Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness, and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans. Giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all.”

National Salvation Army Week is now recognized in the month of May.

In the USA in 2020 the organization provided more than 155 million meals between March and September alone, 1.6 million nights of COVID shelter, 6.6 million food boxes, and emotional and spiritual care to 857,000 people. With more than 7,500 centers of operation in the U.S., The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to meet needs in Jesus’ name, without discrimination – wherever it exists.

“National Salvation Army Week presents a wonderful opportunity for us to let the community know more about the work of The Salvation Army in the nation’s capital region,” said Major Mark A. Woodcock, Area Commander of The Salvation Army. “The last year has been very challenging as we have all dealt with the ongoing pandemic. The Salvation Army has experienced heightened need during this time and has been privileged to support so many in our community. We want to recognize and celebrate the partners, supporters, and volunteers who make the ministry of the Army possible and invite everyone to join us as we celebrate National Salvation Army Week.”

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command serves Washington, D.C., city of Alexandria, Virginia, as well as Fairfax, Prince William, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties. In total, The Salvation Army works 132 countries around the world.

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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.