The Salvation Army Celebrates 120 Years of Serving Greater Chattanooga!
Saturday, March 16th is the 120th birthday of The Salvation Army officially beginning its life-changing ministries in Greater Chattanooga. To celebrate, The Salvation Army will have a birthday party at Hamilton Place Mall, Saturday, beginning at 10:00 AM and continuing throughout the day. Birthday Cookie Cake will be available for a $5 donation, free coffee and musicians will perform on the mall’s center stage.
On March 16, 1893, District Officer J. C. Smith arrived in the Scenic City. The next day he greeted Chattanoogans with these timely words, “We (come) with peace, charity and goodwill toward everyone, and we trust we shall succeed in doing good.”
After all these years, The Salvation Army is serving in 127 countries, and its Red Shield is one of the most recognized “brands” in America. Moreover, the words of Adjutant Smith’s introductory remarks still ring true today in Chattanooga and around the globe for The Salvation Army’s promise is “Doing the Most Good for people in need with donors’ contributions of money, time and resources.”
On the occasion of its 120 birthday, the Greater Chattanooga Salvation Army wishes to express its sincere gratitude to our friends whose kind wishes, prayers, gifts and “shoe leather” co-labor have blessed us and selflessly served the needs of our less fortunate neighbors through two World Wars, The Great Depression, the Korean, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan wars, fires, floods and tornado outbreaks. Together, the community and The Salvation Army have been providing shelter, food, clothing, furniture, disaster relief, Christmas assistance, physical, spiritual and emotional care for 120 years! For more information about the life-changing ministries of The Salvation Army, visit www.csarmy.org.