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Paying It Forward

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!

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Salvation Army Providing Meals at Napa and Santa Rosa Wildfire Scenes

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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.

 

Napa Fire

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).

 

Sonoma Fire

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).

 

Donation Information

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.

Beat the Heat: Joyce and Kiko

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!

 

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.

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