If you visit The Salvation Army warehouse on Covington Street in Rossville, one of your first impressions will be the number of boxes throughout the facility, each representing a family in need. The next will be the cold. Like most warehouses, there is no heat for the volunteers who sort Angel Tree gifts in December. In the midst of the boxes and volunteers, you’ll see Ruth Cote, a Salvation Army volunteer for over 35 years, and her worn, red gloves.
The gloves are clean but stained from over 20 years of Angel Tree volunteer work at the warehouse. She proudly shows off the neat mending that’s kept them helpful in the hard work of moving toys three to four times throughout the warehouse to ensure gifts are ready the day families visit.
Rather than mend the little gloves, if you ask Ruth why she hasn’t replaced them, you’ll get a smile as she responds, “People know me for my red gloves. They will see me and ask, ‘Hey, where are your red gloves?’” The truth is that the gloves have become sentimental, reminding Ruth of why she gives her time and energy each Christmas season. “Growing up, I lived in the country with my Grandmother,” Ruth begins. “At Christmas, we didn’t get what we wanted, but we got something. When I see these families, I see where they’re struggling and I just want to help them.”
Ms. Cote goes on to say that she doesn’t so much see the adults, but “I see the children. It’s the children that breaks my heart.” And so Ruth and her red gloves continue to lift thousands and thousands of bags of toys and clothing items each Christmas season.
Join Ruth and other volunteers as they distribute Angel Tree gifts on Dec. 18 and 19, at The Salvation Army warehouse at 5001 Covington Street by emailing Alissa Best at Alissa.firstname.lastname@example.org. Or make a gift to ensure all angels are cared for by donating to CSArmy.org, or by mail to 822 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, Tn. 37403
Salvation Army Red Kettle Stolen Today in Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN – The Salvation Army red kettle at Food City located at 6951 Lee Hwy on the corner of Shallowford Road was stolen at about 2:00 PM by a man who looked to be donating. The suspect quickly jumped into a car and sped off. The bell ringer stated the suspect got his wallet out to donate and then quickly grabbed the red kettle and jumped into the passenger side of a vehicle.
According to Captain Nathan Jones, the red kettle probably had close to $200.00 in it. “It hurts my heart that someone would steal from The Salvation Army when we so willingly give assistance for free,” says Captain Jones. “We will pray for the robber regardless and pray that God will more than make up the money in the other kettles.”
The red kettles will be visible now through December 23 where folks can continue to donate. This year some red kettles will have credit card options as well.
To donate online visit here.
For more information, contact Kimberly George at 423-756-1023 .
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.
There’s a movement going on that’s affecting all of us in the Greater Chattanooga Area and it is growing more powerful every year. I believe they call it, paying it forward.
Maybe you’ve noticed it too. Someone does something nice for another person – buys a cup of coffee for the next person in line…pays a compliment to a firefighter out in public…or even goes out of thei way to hold a door open for a woman and her baby.
There’s an immediate chain reaction. That’s the greatest benefit of doing good things for others – you’re not just helping someone in need, you’re spreading joy and inspiration to everyone who is affected by your simple act of kindness. It is possible to see the positive effects of paying it forward every single day here at The Salvation Army.
The most wonderful part of this work is knowing that many who are lifted by an act of kindness through The Salvation Army will, in turn, pay it forward someday. Some of the people we help return to volunteer, donating and becoming a positive influence on the loved ones in their lives. It becomes a cycle of success.
Thank you for all the times you pay it forward! God bless you for doing the most good.
To see current volunteer opportunities please click HERE!
October 10, 2017
Sacramento, CA – The Salvation Army has already deployed multiple teams to provide meal services at evacuation centers due to the large wildfires in Napa and Sonoma County.
The Salvation Army Napa Corps is currently serving at Crosswalk Church (2590 1st St., Napa).
There are several teams from The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Suisun City staffing the Napa Valley College gym (2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway, Napa), Napa County Fairgrounds (1435 N Oak St, Calistoga) and Solano Community College (4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield).
The Salvation Army Santa Rosa Corps is already at the Finley Community Center (2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa). More than 700 breakfast meals were served this morning.
Another team from the San Rafael Corps will provide dinner at the Veterans Memorial Building (1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa).
Monetary donations are only needed at this time. The Salvation Army uses 100% of disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations. To give, visit www.gosalarmy.org.
In-kind donations are not currently being accepted outside the disaster area. However, these gifts are vitally important to your local Salvation Army. To give items locally, visit www.SATruck.com or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.
My name is Brittany Fisher, and I am a student volunteer this summer for The Salvation Army. Currently, the campaign “Beat the Heat” is underway where The Salvation Army provides free fans, water, and utility assistance for those in need. Whenever the temperatures exceed 90 degrees, The Salvation Army’s Day Center has a water cooler ready from 9 am- 5 pm for the downtown homeless population.
I walked over to the Day Center today and helped set up the water cooler. We filled it with ice and water, made a sign, and set out the table. Before we were even fully ready, a woman was already there in need of water.
Her name is Joyce and beside her is her dog Kiko. After Lieutenant James Harvin gave her water, we all talked about our day. Joyce went into detail about her life and the struggles she faces day-to-day with sleeping, eating, and just over all safety challenges. Her dog Kiko, she says, is why she feels safe at night. He protects her and has saved her from a couple of pretty scary nights.
Joyce has many struggles, but dehydration should not be one of them. The joy I saw in Joyce’s eyes when she and her dog had a moment to drink cold water, breathe, and relax was extremely overwhelming.
Sometimes we take for granted the little things. I know I do, however meeting Joyce today made me realize how much the campaign “Beat the Heat” is needed. The Salvation Army needs your help with volunteering or a monetary donation to make sure we can keep beating the heat and provide Joyce and Kiko, and many more, some relief!