The Salvation Army continues to serve those in need in the D.C. region despite having to deal with the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command has had to curtail operations, which is heavily dependent on in-person volunteers, because of the pandemic.
“Many of our volunteers could not put themselves at risk,” said Maj. Donald Wilson, the leader of the Salvation Army Fairfax Corps, WTOP reported.
Nevertheless, the number of people seeking their assistance has increased substantially with the D.C. area command reporting last year a 125% increase from 2019 in the number of food boxes distributed.
The Salvation Army has responded with its Arlington Corps now distributing food every Thursday, instead of every two weeks pre-pandemic.
“At one point, we had 800 cars in line to pick up food,” Wilson said, WTOP reported. “We had to wear masks, so they could tell we were smiling with our eyes, but we believe that’s just as important as providing them bread.”
Notwithstanding the pandemic, donations have grown consequentially as the organization has raised more than $557 million during the 2020 holiday season, a 27% increase over 2019.