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:
Gift Cards to the local grocery store
Socks, hats, gloves, toiletries
Diapers, baby wipes
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.
• 3335 Sherman Avenue, NW
• 2300 MLK Jr. Avenue, SE
• 20021 Aircraft Drive, Germantown*
• 4825 Edmonston Avenue, Hyattsville
• 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.
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.
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.