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.