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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.

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.

The Salvation Army continues to meet human need in times of uncertainty

By Evangeline Paschal, Chair 
Regional Advisory Board
The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command

The COVID-19 pandemic has resurrected interest in the 1918 worldwide influenza outbreak, which until a few weeks ago had been relegated to a dusty corner of history. Now, thanks to the preservative powers of the internet, a trove of information about community responses to the “Spanish flu” can provide some useful insights into the humanitarian aspects of this latest respiratory pandemic. In 1918, a host of charitable and civic organizations mobilized to provide both hands-on nursing aid and daily succor to communities across the country. Most of these organizations have long since receded from public consciousness. Yet one name remains recognizable across our country: The Salvation Army.

These historic news reports show that the Salvation Army is no newcomer to the sudden dislocations caused by an epic health crisis. Nor was the 1918 Spanish flu the first large-scale U.S. disaster that beckoned its response. The Salvation Army launched national appeals for financial and material support in response to both the 1900 Great Storm (to-date the largest natural disaster in the U.S., killing an estimated 8,000) and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, providing relief to thousands. More recently, the Salvation Army was one of the first relief agencies on the scene in New York on September 11, 2001. Over a century’s experience mobilizing disaster relief services makes the Salvation Army well-positioned to respond to the immediate crisis conditions in COVID-19 hotspots across the country.

The Salvation Army couples its disaster relief services with its longstanding commitment to helping the most vulnerable among us on a daily basis. As an international organization with a national home office, localized commands providing a variety of social services, and individual corps (or churches) serving neighborhoods across the country, the Salvation Army’s reach is broad. Its structure allows both national coordination and localized mobilization, enabling local commands and neighborhood corps to tailor their responses to serve the most pressing needs of the local community. In the D.C. metropolitan region, for example, the Salvation Army continues to serve meals every night on downtown D.C. streets from its Grate Patrol mobile feeding truck, is providing short-term financial assistance for rent and utilities to those under mounting financial stress, hosts emergency shelter services for the homeless population, and is distributing emergency packages of food and sanitizing products. At the same time, through its Turning Point supported, independent housing program in D.C., it continues to provide a safe and healthy living environment and supportive training programs for young single mothers and their children.

The Salvation Army certainly is not alone in responding to the seismic disruption caused by COVID-19. It is working shoulder to shoulder with other area organizations to meet the financial and physical needs of our communities, and it will take all of us coming together to weather this storm. With COVID-19 cases growing exponentially and financial security plummeting, now is the time to set aside modish notions of what should constitute a charitable cause and focus on alleviating the hardships cropping up around us. But since its founding in 1865, the Salvation Army has also offered something beyond material comfort: spiritual support. The current situation threatens not only our physical and financial well-being but also our collective psyche. In a time of fear and uncertainty, having someone pray with you and for you, regardless of your life-situation or personal beliefs, can bring some measure of peace and emotional healing. As this season of uncertainty continues, many of us turn our thoughts to another time when the world did not seem as dark and uncertain. Yet the gospels teach that that darkness was temporary. In fulfilling its mission of “doing the most good,” the Salvation Army is working to bring a measure of light and hope to our community.