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Our Thrift Store Finds

This week our student volunteer, Anna, went to The Family Store to see what cool items she could find for herself. This is what she found!

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Thrifting with a Purpose

Have you ever experienced the thrill of going shopping at your favorite  thrift store? It is much like a treasure hunt; you go in, not knowing what you will find, but you search and search until you find the perfect item. Whether you find a new shirt, a lamp, or even a piece of furniture for your stylish living room, one can always find cool things at thrift stores.

Now what if your thrifting could do more? What if it could help a homeless mother get back on her feet, so that she can provide for her family? Or help a man struggling with addiction become sober? When you shop at The Family Store here in Chattanooga, you are doing that by helping aid the funding for numerous events and programs presented by The Salvation Army. The Family store carries clothing and shoes, but also items like electronics, games, books, household items, sports equipment, and even furniture. So you are sure to find what you need and want at an amazingly low price. If you want an even better deal you can come visit us on “Wacky Wednesday,” when you can enjoy 50% off of particular items.

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In addition to The Family Store, The Salvation Army Chattanooga also opened the “As Is” store in January. Here, those that enjoy venturing to yard sales can experience that vibe all year long. The products at this store are sold “as is,” and are insanely discounted! From furniture to home decor to stuffed animals, the As Is Store is sure to be a hit!

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Are you telling yourself that you already have too many things and you don’t know where you would put newly found treasures? Well, we have the solution! The Salvation Army Chattanooga not only provides two awesome thrifting experiences, but you can also donate gently used items to help those in need. We wouldn’t be able to do the most good without your donations, so clean out your closets and bring your used items to us. When you shop at or donate to The Family Store or the As Is Store you are changing lives.  One man’s old shirt could be another man’s new start; a donated lamp could easily brighten someone’s future.

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*Call about free pick-up service for large donations: 423-305-6925 . Donation drop boxes are located at 800 and 822 McCallie Avenue in downtown Chattanooga, as well as 4104 Ringgold Rd.

The Family Store is located at 4104 Ringgold Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37412. The hours are as listed: Monday – Friday: 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday: 9 am to 4 pm, Sunday: Closed.

The “As Is” Store is located at 5000 Covington Street, Chattanooga, TN. The hours are as listed: Monday – Friday: 9 am to 3 pm

 

 

 

 

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MLK Day of Service: The Street Store

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty states that each year approximately 3.5 million unique individuals experience homelessness in America with 4,000 of those individuals right here in Chattanooga. 600-700 of these individuals find shelter outside, wherever they can seek refuge from the weather conditions (http://community-kitchen.org/facts-homelessness, 2017). The Salvation Army’s Recreate Cafe, looks to be a safe haven for the homeless by providing coffee, snacks, internet, mail services, bible studies, and much more during the day while other shelters are closed.

For the last three years, The Salvation Army has partnered with Southern Adventist University to host the “Street Store,”on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The Street Store acts like a “pop up store” which have become increasingly popular. A pop up store is a short retail event that is “here today, gone tomorrow” and strives to leave a lasting impression on its customers. The event is held on the sidewalk outside of The Recreate Cafe and the purpose is to provide the homeless community with a fun and dignified “shopping” experience. The volunteers from Southern Adventist set up the Street Store with donated clothing and signs and act as personal shopper for the “customers” or homeless individuals; guiding them through the shopping process and helping design outfits. Once the individual is finished shopping, complimentary lunch is served.

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“The homeless look forward to this day, because it is not too often that they have     someone help them pick out the correct sizes, colors, and just have a fun time shopping with a friend,” said Kimberly George, Director of Development and Marketing.

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Like many of the activities held at The Recreate Cafe, the purpose is for the homeless to have a day of fun; to feel normal when they are faced with so much adversity daily. This last MLK Day, we had the privilege of serving nearly 100 homeless community members. They enjoyed the shopping, soup and sandwiches, and a gospel choir from Southern Adventist University, as well. It was a great day full of love and service, as two different populations came together and enjoyed each other’s company. As the students t-shirts read and in the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Salvation Army Year End Review: Best Photos of 2016!

Thank you to our generous community for helping the Greater Chattanooga Salvation Army keep its promise of “Doing the Most Good for people in need with donors’ contributions of money, time and resources.” 

The Salvation Army offers social services to meet the emergency and disaster-related needs of our less fortunate neighbors 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing spiritual outreach for all ages, offering character-building youth programs such as The School of Music and Arts, providing holiday assistance for families in need and much more.

This past year, The Salvation Army was fortunate enough to serve the community in a variety of ways. Our volunteer disaster response teams and staff answered the call to assist with food and pastoral care after the November tornadoes.  In partnership with the Nehemiah Project, students in eleven Chattanooga Title 1 schools received a backpack filled with school supplies.  Over 70 children were able to enjoy a week of fun, learning, and personal growth in a safe environment at our Camp Paradise Valley, located on Dale Hollow Lake in Kentucky.

In addition, The Chattanooga Salvation Army celebrated its 123st anniversary of life-changing ministry in our community this year!

Thanksgiving and Christmas 2016 were exciting opportunities to share the joy of the holidays.  Volunteers delivered over 600 meals to shut-ins on Thanksgiving Day.  Christmas was a wonderful opportunity to share the joy of Christ with 4,525 children and seniors who received gifts and food through our Angel Tree Program.  The Salvation Army and its volunteers also delivered Christmas gifts to low-income seniors, local nursing home residents and those incarcerated in our area.  On Christmas Eve, over 270 persons enjoyed a “Christmas Eve Brunch” and received backpacks filled with cold weather necessities and gifts at our ReCreate Café on McCallie Avenue.  Your prayers and financial support are the reasons we can share this exciting news!

=We are also excited by the prospect of new opportunities for ministry during 2017 because we are so encouraged by your faithfulness.  We hope the following photos will touch your hearts as they did ours, and affirm the great value of every coin and dollar you donated to our Red Kettles or through the mail this Christmas Season.  May our God richly bless you and your loved ones throughout this wonderful New Year!

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