The well-known red kettle. This is unfortunate; ever since I was a little girl, I have associated red kettles and ringing bells with the holiday season. I won’t be hearing or seeing such things at my local Giant: Ken Forsythe, spokesman for the Salvation Army National Capital Area Command, says that Giant Food of Maryland has reduced the number of hours and days that the group’s bell ringers will be able to be in front of the grocery stores.
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November 15, 2010 | 6:29 PM | By Anna
Sadly, Giant Food isnвЂ™t feeling very charitable, this year.
The well-known red kettle.
This is unfortunate; ever since I was a little girl, I have associated red kettles and ringing bells with the holiday season. I won’t be hearing or seeing such things at my local Giant:
Ken Forsythe, spokesman for the Salvation Army National Capital Area Command, says that Giant Food of Maryland has reduced the number of hours and days that the group’s bell ringers will be able to be in front of the grocery stores.
The reduction of hours could have a huge impact on the Salvation Army’s ability to raise money, according to Forsythe.
“The Salvation Army has been partners with Giant Food stores for probably several decades or better,” says Forsythe.
He says that an estimated 45 percent of the funds raised during last year’s Red Kettle Drive came from bell ringers in front of Giant stores. [WTOP]
The Salvation Army will only be allowed to collect funds for one week in November and another in December. A spokesperson for Giant said something perfunctory about serving customers and being committed to the community. Apparently, the red kettles “hinder” the shopping experience. That’s a confusing reason to stop a decades-old tradition, though. If Giant were truly interested in the “experience” their stores provide, they’d focus on customer service, cleaner stores and courteous employees…but getting rid of a red kettle is probably easier and faster.
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November 4, 2010 | 2:25 PM | By Anna
Why You Need a Car to Volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters
Two readers wrote to Prince of Petworth to ask about doing some good:
I recently upgraded my kitchen pots and pans, and want to get rid of my old ones. TheyвЂ™re a decent brand (Calphalon) and are about 4 years old…Assuming theyвЂ™d be accepted, does anyone have a recommendation of a good charity? I currently live near the U-street corridor, and while IвЂ™d prefer to donate to an organization that serves my immediate community, IвЂ™m not opposed to other suggestions.вЂќ
Below that request, another reader wondered about volunteer opportunities in D.C. If some of you have similar questions, the comments section is full of great ideas and answers. I know so many people who are open to giving their time to help others but feel unsure of how to start. This suggestion caught my eye:
Big Brothers Big Sisters for the DC area also has an urgent need for male volunteers. (Particularly those that qualify as minority, but IвЂ™m not sure theyвЂ™re that picky.) You do need to own or be able to use a car on a regular basis to do BBBS, though. (Zipcar membership counts.)
That comment surprised me. I was unaware that to volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, you had to have access to a car. I was less surprised about the need for diverse mentors. I couldn’t stop thinking about the “car”-requirement; I wondered if it prevented people from getting involved, since most of my friends in D.C. do not drive.
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October 12, 2010 | 2:34 PM | By Anna
Bare Shelves at SERVE
Bread for the World
I know that this blog focuses on Race and Class in the District, but as my boss once pointed out, a lot of the people who work in the city live outside of it. With that in mind, I wanted to pass along this plea for assistance, from SERVE, the largest food bank in Prince William county:
SERVE is in immediate need of canned vegetables, pasta, canned tomatoes, and pasta sauce or any other non-perishable food item. Our shelves are currently bare! We are providing food assistance over 500 families per month and will need enough to get us through the next two months. Donated items can be brought to the SERVE Food Distribution Center (10056 Dean Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110) Monday thru Friday from 9am to 5pm. On Wednesdays, we have extended hours until 7:30pm.
That’s from an email I was sent, earlier today. I spoke to someone at SERVE who said their extended hours on Wednesday end at 8pm. Even if you don’t live or work near this facility, you might know someone who does, who’d be willing to help. As soon as I read this, I thought of the boxes of oatmeal and pasta cluttering my kitchen (huzzah for Costco); it’s a good reminder that pantries in the District are probably in need, as well.
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