WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On November 13-15, The Salvation Army's historic red kettles will be used by Washington Gas to help raise funds for the Washington Area Fuel Fund (WAFF), a program designed to help families who need fuel resources during the winter.
"When people see red kettles, they know funds are being raised for a good cause. This year, we want them to know that WAFF is very important for individuals and families who do not have the funds necessary to heat their homes," said Ernie Holz, The Salvation Army's administrator of the Washington Area Fuel Fund.
Thirty kettles will be located in Giant, Safeway, and Wal-Mart store locations in the District of Columbia; Montgomery and Prince George's counties, Maryland; Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William counties, and the city of Alexandria, Virginia.
Established in 1983, WAFF pays for all types of fuel to heat the homes of individuals and families in need. Since its launch, more than $17.8 million has been distributed to help nearly 216,000 Washington metropolitan area residents.
"Having fuel to heat our home is something people may not think about. WAFF was established to address that need among families who may face winter without heat," said Roberta Willis Sims, Vice President, Corporate Relations at Washington Gas. "It is because of the generous pledges and support of the donors that WAFF continues to do such great work."
The Salvation Army administers funds raised to support WAFF and Washington Gas pays all administrative costs so 100 percent of every dollar raised during the drive will go toward helping a family in need. WAFF funds are available to residents in the District of Columbia; Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George's, and St. Mary's counties in Maryland; Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church, in Virginia. Residents must have received help from federal, state or local government agencies prior to seeking assistance from the Washington Area Fuel Fund.
WAFF assistance is available annually beginning January 1 through May 31.
Residents who would like more information and/or need assistance may contact The Salvation Army office in the city or county where they reside.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is a truly international organization active today in 111 countries. The Salvation Army began work in Washington, D.C., in 1885. Best known for its service at times of disasters and its efforts at Christmas, the organization's vast work in the Washington metro area also includes operation of neighborhood community centers, residential drug treatment facilities, emergency shelters and transitional housing, workforce development programs, summer camps, meals and other help for the homeless, day care for children, and providing day to day emergency assistance and counseling to anyone in need.
About Washington Gas
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Washington Gas is a wholly-owned subsidiary of WGL Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: WGL - News). The parent company holds a group of energy-related retail businesses that focus primarily on retail energy-marketing and commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning services.
Additional information about WGL Holdings is available on its Web site, http://www.wglholdings.com/. Go to http://www.washingtongas.com/ for more information about Washington Gas Light Co.