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The Salvation Army Thanks The Dynamic Church During National Volunteer Week!

National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, gives The Salvation Army the opportunity to thank its volunteers who serve passionately, willingly and selflessly on the front lines each day.

One of the super groups that serve alongside us is the Dynamic Church.

The Dynamic Church began volunteering with The Salvation Army in the fall of 2012 with the “Nehemiah Project,” which provides backpacks and school supplies to children in the inner-city schools in Chattanooga.  They helped pack the backpacks and then helped us distribute them to over 3,000 students.

After that project, the Dynamic Church wanted to get even more involved, and they asked what our biggest need for the Angel Tree Program was.

Dynamic Church Pastor, Wesley Odum and Salvation Army Officer, Captain Robert Viera

Dynamic Church Pastor, Wesley Odum and Salvation Army Officer, Captain Robert Viera at “Love Gives Wheels” in 2012

Well, we can never fill all of the bike requests, so they took that on as their main project.   In 2012, they created the event “Love Gives Wheels,” a 24-hour bike drive.  The cool part of the event was that the pastor and members of the church ‘lived’ on a fork lift at the Gunbarrel Walmart for 24 hours.  The event was a huge success with 150 bicycles collected the first year!

In the spring of 2013, along with the Hamilton Place YMCA, Dynamic Church hosted the “Hunt to Can Hunger” Easter egg hunt that collects nonperishable food items for The Salvation Army’s food pantry.

Collecting food at "Hunt to Can Hunger" 2013

Collecting food at “Hunt to Can Hunger” 2013

There was a hunt for 12,000 Easter eggs, pictures with the Easter bunny, face-painting, bouncy houses and over 1,700 pounds of food were collected for our food pantry – the biggest drive to date at the time!

Since that first year, The Dynamic Church has continued to stay involved with The Salvation Army.  Again, they participated in the “Nehemiah Project” in 2013 and plan to help again this fall with packing and delivery.  They hosted “Love Gives Wheels” again in 2013, and with the help of donors and other organizations, they collected a whopping 500 bicycles for local children in need at Christmas!  The Dynamic Church also volunteered at our Angel Tree Distribution and led our Angel Tree recipients in prayer.

These friends are also hosting the second annual “Hunt to Can Hunger” scheduled for Friday, April 18 at the Hamilton Place YMCA.  Volunteers are still needed for this event.  Please click here to sign up.  You’ll be glad you did.

We can’t thank the Dynamic Church enough for all that they have done and continue to do for our community.  Their time and skills are priceless gifts that have the power to transform lives in our community.

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Packing bags for the “Nehemiah Project” in 2012

Dynamic Church distributing backpacks in 2012

Dynamic Church distributing backpacks in 2012

"Love Gives Wheels" 2012

“Love Gives Wheels” 2012

Angel Tree Distribution 2012

Angel Tree Distribution 2012

"Hunt to Can Hunger" 2013

“Hunt to Can Hunger” 2013

"Nehemiah Project" 2013

Delivering backpacks for the “Nehemiah Project” 2013

"Love Gives Wheels" 2013

“Love Gives Wheels” 2013

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“Love Gives Wheels” 2013

Angel Tree Distribution 2013

Angel Tree Distribution 2013

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