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10 Ways You Can Make A Difference This Christmas Season!

The Christmas Season is quickly approaching, and we need your help to make this another joyful Christmas for our neighbors in need. Last year was a busy year for us, and we expect this year to be even busier.  A “Merry Christmas” was provided for 5,445 Angels, which included 73,717 toys and gifts!  We simply could not do this without you, our loyal friends.  Please see below for ways that you can help this holiday season.

1) Adopt an Angel 

Through The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, necessities and Christmas gifts are provided for disadvantaged children from infants to age 12 and for senior citizens who are 60 years and older.  Each tree is adorned with angel tags containing an angel’s age, gender, clothing sizes and gift wishes. Angel-Tree bright

Community members select an “angel,” purchase items for that child or senior based on the information on the tag, and then return the gifts to the location where the angel was chosen.  You can adopt your angel at Hamilton Place, Northgate or Bradley Square Malls starting November 8.  You can also become a Corporate Angel Tree Partner.  Click here to learn more.

kettle pic2) Ring a Bell

Funds raised through The Salvation Army’s Red Kettles ensure that thousands of individuals and families enjoy the wonderful Christmas that they would not otherwise have.  We provide food, clothing, other necessities, and, yes, toys for the children.  Sign up individually or as a group.  Various locations are available. Click here to sign up for a shift.   You can also host an Online Red Kettle. 

3) Stuff a Stocking/ Fill a Backpack senior pic

Fill a stocking for a senior or fill backpacks for homeless women and men in our community. Come by The Salvation Army located at 822 McCallie Avenue.  Sign out as many stockings and backpacks that you can fill and bring them back filled with Christmas cheer to The Salvation Army by November 24.  Click here to learn more.

4) Serve/Deliver a Holiday Meal

Volunteers are needed to assist with The Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving Eve Festival on Wednesday, November 26, 2014.  Volunteers will assist with setting up, preparing, serving and cleaning up after the meal.  Click here to sign up. 

Professional Thanksgiving Photos 2011 019Help brighten someone’s Thanksgiving by packing and delivering a traditional meal with all the trimmings!  Volunteers are needed to drive and deliver meals on Thanksgiving morning to home-bound individuals in the Chattanooga Area.  Click here to sign up.

Help The Salvation Army serve Chattanooga’s hungry this Christmas Eve!  Volunteers are needed to set up, serve and clean up after the Christmas Eve Brunch for the homeless.  Click here to sign up.

5) Become a Saturday Elf 

D39The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to work in our Angel Tree warehouse to help sort and pack gift boxes for children and seniors in our Angel Tree Program! Experience holiday joy, knowing that because of your time and energy, children and seniors will have a brighter Christmas morning.  Click here to sign up.

6) Distribute Christmas Gifts 

Distribute gifts to families in need at the Christmas Distribution Center.  Individuals and groups are needed December 15-17.  Click here to sign up for a shift.

2014 Jingle Bell Jog logo7) Participate in the 5th Annual Jingle Bell Jog

The Salvation Army of Cleveland will host the 5th Annual Jingle Bell Jog on Saturday, November 22 at Tinsley Park in Cleveland, TN.  The 5k run and 1 mile walk begin at 10 am.  All the funds raised will benefit The Salvation Army’s Youth Programs.  Click here to register for this event.

8) Host a Donation Drive

Donation Drives allow individuals and organizations to donate goods to assist those with a need, while knowing that their contributions are going toward a good cause.  Many people enjoy giving such items, since they are able to see the tangible benefit of their contribution.  All gifts are distributed through our social service programs or to our clients via special events.  We currently need new toys to supplement our Angel Tree Program, nonperishable food for our Food Pantry, travel-size toiletry items, and cold weather items for our homeless day shelter and more.  Click here for more information.

9) Purchase a 2014 Christmas Greeting Card Chalk Drawing_Boy Kettle

This year, send your loved ones a joyful reminder of Salvation Army Christmas time Red Kettles & Ringing Bells, and join us in ‘doing the most good’ for those in need in our community.  Gorgeous, original art by our friends Suzy and Curtis Baggett recall Christmas joys and remind us of the Seasonal need.  Boxes of greeting cards and postcards as well as gift-size prints are now available.  Each purchase benefits the work of The Salvation Army in Greater Chattanooga and is a lovely way to purchase a unique gift for your family and friends.  Click here to learn more.

1000x1000_Cents510) Donate

By entrusting us with your donations, you are helping provide the basic necessities of life for children, women and men. A gift of any amount is appreciated and helps us do the most good.  You can donate online, by telephone at 1-800 Sal-Army (725-2769) or by mail at PO Box 3359, Chattanooga, TN 37404.  You can also make donations at our Red Kettles starting November 8 through Christmas Eve.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s Christmas programs, please visit http://www.csarmy.org or call 423-756-1023.

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