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Celebrating Easter

Once again, the time has come for us, as Christians, to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter is this Sunday,  April 16, and The Salvation Army Chattanooga has events this weekend to help everyone celebrate this joyous time. This is a time of peace, love, and hope and we hope to see you this weekend!

On Saturday we will be having Easter Egg Hunts at two locations: The Citadel Corps and The East Lake Corps. The East Lake festivities is from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., with the East egg hunt starting at 10 a.m. Then The Citadel festivities will begin an hour later, at 11 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m with the Easter egg hunt being at 1 p.m. Both events are free and open for all children under the age of 12. Salvation Army barrels will also be available for any non-perishable food donations that our community so desperately needs.

Then on Sunday, we have our traditional Easter Sunrise Service at the National Cemetery at 1200 Bailey Avenue beside the flag pole overlooking beautiful downtown Chattanooga. All are invited to come and worship our Savior as the sun rises over Chattanooga.  The Service will begin at 7:08 a.m.

               I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not                            remain in darkness.  – John 12:46

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Help us Celebrate our Birthday Today!

It is a happy day for The Salvation Army Chattanooga and our friends!

One longtime friend who believes in the value of our work has stepped forward with an amazing $20,000 Matching Gift – hoping to inspire you and others in our area to give as generously as possible and help match the Gift dollar for dollar. That would mean $40,000 to help care for neighbors in need, right here in Chattanooga!

This couldn’t have come at a better time because more people are coming to us for help. So I’m asking you to consider opening your heart once again and giving a generous tax-deductible contribution to The Salvation Army here in The Greater Chattanooga Area.

I am asking for people like Stan, Miranda,  and Sue.

Like many others, Stan was recently laid off from work. He struggled to get by on his meager unemployment check as he frantically searched for employment. Humbly, he turned to us after learning his electricity was going to be turned off. Thanks to friends like you, we were able to help with his utilities. The next day, Stan stopped by to let us know he had gotten a job and to offer hugs of gratitude.

Miranda was just 18 when her daughter Janelle was born. And though like was challenging at times, Miranda took great pride in being able to provide for her little girl. But when Miranda fractured her leg and became unable to work for an extended period, she got behind on rent and soon lost her apartment.

Through the support of caring people like you, Miranda and her daughter received safe shelter, food and loving support until she was well enough to return to work. “I owe my life to The Salvation Army,” she says. “Now Janelle and I have a real home of our own.”

I’m also coming to you for the sake of people like Sue. Her reliance upon alcohol had taken over her life and had led to the loss of her dream job as a paramedic. But thanks to friends like you, that’s not the end of Sue’s story…

“Because of a new start at The Salvation Army, I regained self-esteem, which has led to my being a productive member of our community,” she says. “I recently celebrated seven years of continued sobriety, and I have now enjoyed employment with the same company for almost six years.”

There is no question… the Stans, Mirandas, and Sues in the Greater Chattanooga Area are worth it – worth every penny we invest , every hour we labor, every tear we shed, every prayer we offer up to heaven.

But we simply can’t continue responding to every need unless the caring citizens of our community continue giving us their valuable support.

That’s why the Matching Gift is such a great opportunity. As caring friends like you match the Gift, we’ll have $40,000 to help keep all our efforts going strong…”doing the most good” just like we’ve been doing for well over a century.

So I urge you to donate today – so your contribution can be matched dollar for dollar though the Matching Gift.

May God Bless you!

Major Robert Lyle, Area Commander

P.S. I visit our ministry sites regularly. And when I look into the eyes of those we help, I see need… but also great hope. Please do all you can today to help us match the $20,000 Matching Gift for the sake of suffering neighbors. Thank you!

Please visit us online at http://www.csarmy.org to give today.

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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