The Salvation Army Teams Up with Walmart to “Stuff the Bus”

(WASHINGTON, DC) (JULY, 2021) – As life slowly returns to normal for many, millions of American families and individuals continue to experience daily challenges that threaten their wellbeing. The back-to-school season can place a tremendous burden on families experiencing lost wages and looming evictions, as they are forced to choose between putting food on the table or making sure their kids have the tools needed for educational success.

To meet the need, The Salvation Army is working with Walmart to collect school supplies for XX local children in need during the annual Stuff the Bus event on Friday, August 6 to Sunday, August 8 at [Walmart store location].

The Salvation Army’s Stuff the Bus school supply drive will take place at more than 4,500 Walmart stores across the country. Shoppers can purchase and drop off items at collection bins at the front of each store or search their local Salvation Army’s online Registry for Good to donate supplies online with just a few quick clicks.

Walmart and The Salvation Army have partnered for more than 30 years to meet community needs through a range of social services, helping individuals and families overcome poverty and economic hardships.

All supplies will be distributed to families in the community where they are given, to help local children enter the school year ready to succeed.

To learn more and find out how you can get involved with your local Salvation Army, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Sweetest Day of the Year, Made by The Salvation Army

June 4 is the sweetest day of the year. It’s National Donut Day! As people throughout the DMV celebrate the gooey goodness of donuts on June 4, many may not know that, unlike other fun holidays, Donut Day has a deeper meaning.

National Donut Day became a holiday thanks to The Salvation Army’s work during World War I. The Salvation Army in Chicago celebrated the first National Donut Day in 1938, honoring the “Donut Lassies” who traveled overseas to provide emotional and spiritual support, supplies, and other services to our troops on the front lines in France. The Lassies also provided fresh donuts and hot coffee to soldiers fighting in the trenches to raise their spirits and thank them for their service.

This year, thanks to a generous donation from local Krispy Kreme restaurants, The Salvation Army is sharing the sweet goodness of the donut through multiple activities. This is the first public celebration of National Donut Day in two years since no events were held during the height of the COVID pandemic last year. Below is a list of planned activities beginning Friday morning:

  • Armed Forces Retirement Home Visit (140 Rock Creek Church Rd., Washington, DC, 20011) 8:30-9:00 AM. This activity is to thank retired members of the Armed Forces who live on the campus of the retirement home. Salvation Army staff will deliver donuts, thanking them for the service to the nation, ahead of the facility’s weekly chapel service. This is happening outside of the chapel on the AFRH campus.
  • Salvation Army Social Services Walk-up Emergency Assistance (2300 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and at the Anacostia Metro Station) 8:30 to 11:30 AM. Salvation Army Staff is giving away donuts to anyone seeking emergency food or financial assistance. We are giving away non-perishable food, and offering assistance to southeast DC residents that are seeking help to pay overdue utility bills or past due.
  • Donut Day Corporate Visits (all day) Salvation Army staff is delivering donuts to multiple community partners throughout the day. Planned stops include Lustine Toyota in Woodbridge, Burke and Herbert Bank in Alexandria, Crest Advanced Cleaners locations, and Interstate Moving Logistics in Springfield.
    • Lustine donated $24,000 to The Salvation Army in Prince William County. The funds are proceeds from a promotion in the month of May and will be used to feed families seeking help.
      Burke and Herbert Bank and Crest Advanced Cleaners sponsored last winter’s coat drive. Together, they collected and cleaned over 4,000 gently worn coats that were given away to families in need.
  • Interstate Moving Logistics has donated reefer refrigerated trailers for use throughout the COVID pandemic. Interstate also performs toy pick-up and delivery during the Angel Tree Christmas program each year.

Donut Day deliveries are also planned for the Turning Point Center (transitional living facility for young mothers with kids) and Harbor Light Center (residential substance use treatment facility)

Salvation Army National Area Commander, Major Mark Woodcock, said, “From the front lines of World War I right through today, the donut continues to serve as a symbol of the comfort, hope, and our continuing commitment to serving the community. We assist those most in need all year. Thanks to community partners and donors, we assisted nearly 51,000 people across the DMV last year.”

“We want to give special thanks to our retired veterans for their service to the nation, and to our friends at Krispy Kreme for generously donating donuts to The Salvation Army for National Donut Day,” Major Woodcock said.

Photos from the day will be posted to our Facebook, Instagram, Linked In, and Twitter pages, which can be found at SalArmyNCA.

Landmark Corps serves the Northern Virginia AAPI Community

In Fairfax County, Virginia, the small but mighty Salvation Army Landmark Corps has been nourishing the needs of the growing Korean American

(Asian American Pacific Islander) population. Fairfax County is home to more than 33% of Virginia’s AAPI voters. The Corps outgrew its earlier space in the Landmark section of Alexandria and has taken up residence in Fairfax, VA beside the Fairfax Corps.

At the heart of the Corps’ ministry is sharing the love of God and educating the young about their heritage. This is done weekly through Saturday School, where children learn about their Korean heritage, including language, culture, music, and art. Dozens of kids attend these classes which are led by local volunteers and more than 20 trained teachers. Friday nights bring opportunities for young people to fellowship with one another through the Youth Music and Junior  Soldier programs. These programs give kids ages 6-17 the chance to test their musical talents on brass instruments, the guitar, or even the drums – developing skills that will last a lifetime.

Since the COVID pandemic began, the Corps has distributed food to the community as well as created face masks to help protect members from getting coronavirus.

Visit The Salvation Army Landmark Corps on Facebook to learn more about Corps activities.

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.