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Salvation Army Year End Review: Best Photos of 2014!

Thank you to our generous community for helping the Greater Chattanooga Salvation Army keep its promise of “Doing the Most Good for people in need with donors’ contributions of money, time and resources.” 

The Salvation Army offers social services to meet the emergency and disaster-related needs of our less fortunate neighbors 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing spiritual outreach for all ages, offering character-building youth programs such as The School of Music and Arts, providing holiday assistance for families in need and much more.

This past year, The Salvation Army was fortunate enough to serve the community in a variety of ways. Our volunteer disaster response teams and staff answered the call to assist with the Jaycee Towers’ fire.  In partnership with the Nehemiah Project, students in eleven Chattanooga Title 1 schools received a backpack filled with school supplies and were offered Bibles.  Over 70 children were able to enjoy a week of fun, learning, and personal growth in a safe environment at our Camp Paradise Valley, located on Dale Hollow Lake in Kentucky.

In addition, The Chattanooga Salvation Army celebrated its 121st anniversary of life-changing ministry in our community this year!

Thanksgiving and Christmas 2014 were exciting opportunities to share the joy of the holidays.  Five hundred of our hungry neighbors attended our annual Thanksgiving Eve Festival and enjoyed a great cookout and games. Volunteers delivered over 600 meals to shut-ins on Thanksgiving Day.  Christmas was a wonderful opportunity to share the joy of Christ with 4,525 children and seniors who received gifts and food through our Angel Tree Program.  The Salvation Army and its volunteers also delivered Christmas gifts to low-income seniors, local nursing home residents and those incarcerated in our area.  On Christmas Eve, over 270 persons enjoyed a “Christmas Eve Brunch” and received backpacks filled with cold weather necessities and gifts at our ReCreate Café on McCallie Avenue.  Your prayers and financial support are the reasons we can share this exciting news!

We are also excited by the prospect of new opportunities for ministry during 2015 because we are so encouraged by your faithfulness.  We hope the following photos will touch your hearts as they did ours, and affirm the great value of every coin and dollar you donated to our Red Kettles or through the mail this Christmas Season.  May our God richly bless you and your loved ones throughout this wonderful New Year!

New soldier enrollment at the East Lake Corps

New soldier enrollment at the East Lake Corps

Serving lunch to residents displaced by the fire at the Jaycee Towers

Serving lunch to residents displaced by the fire at the Jaycee Towers

Lt. Monica serving lunch to residents displaced by the fire at the Jaycee Towers

Lt. Monica serving nutritious meals to residents displaced by the fire at the Jaycee Towers

Our Women's Auxiliary created Easter baskets for our homeless neighbors

Our Women’s Auxiliary created Easter baskets for our homeless neighbors

Majors Teresa & Al Newsome with the Easter Bunny at the Hunt to Can Hunger Event

Majors Teresa & Al Newsome with the Easter Bunny at the Hunt to Can Hunger Event

Kids enjoying our Vacation Bible School at the East Lake Corps

Kids enjoying our Vacation Bible School at the East Lake Corps

Lt. Monica, Capt. Glenis, Lt. Johnny and Capt. Robert at the Good Friday Service

Lt. Monica, Capt. Glenis, Lt. Johnny and Capt. Robert at the Good Friday Service

Capt. Winter preaching at the Annual Easter Sunrise Service

Capt. Winter preaching at the Annual Easter Sunrise Service at the Chattanooga National Cemetery

At our Annual Easter Sunrise Service

East Lake Youth perform ‘Ministry in Motion’ selection at the Annual Easter Sunrise Service

Honoring our volunteers during 'National Salvation Army Week'

Honoring our volunteers during ‘National Salvation Army Week.’  We couldn’t do all we do without them!

Volunteers delivering donuts to local firefighters on National Donut Day

Volunteers delivering donuts to honor our local firefighters on National Donut Day

Sgt. Ruthie delivering donuts delivering donuts to firefighters in Cleveland

Sgt. Ruthie delivering donuts to firefighters in Cleveland for National Donut Day

School of Music & Arts Summer Camp at the Citadel Corps

Neighborhood kids LOVE the School of Music & Arts Summer Camp at the Citadel Corps

Learning to play the guitar at The School of Music and Arts Summer Camp

Learning to play the guitar at The School of Music and Arts Summer Camp

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Summer Camper enjoying herself at Camp Paradise Valley

Summer Campers at Camp Paradise Valley

Summer Campers enjoy the outdoors and learning more about Christ at Camp Paradise Valley

Summer Campers at Camp Paradise Valley

Campers enjoy summer fun at Camp Paradise Valley

Stacey & Kim at our Flowers of Hope Program

Stacey & Kim, Salvation Army staff at our Flowers of Hope Program

Lansing & Rob at the Flowers of Hope Program

Advisory Board Member, Lansing, & Summer Student volunteer, Rob, enjoy delivering flowers with the Flowers of Hope Program

Volunteer arranging flowers at our Flowers of Hope Program

Volunteers love arranging flowers and getting them ready for delivery at our Flowers of Hope Program

Passing out cold water to help our neighbors 'beat the heat'

Passing out cold water to help our neighbors ‘beat the heat’

Capt. Aaron passing out water to help 'beat the heat'

Capt. Aaron passing out water to help ‘beat the heat’

Walmart 'Back to School' Shopping Event

Walmart ‘Back to School’ Shopping Event

Passing out backpacks as part of the Nehemiah Project

Passing out backpacks as part of the Nehemiah Project

Our special guest, Lt. Dakarai Darby, shares how The Salvation Army changed his life at the Annual Purse Auction

Our special guest, Lt. Dakarai Darby, shares how The Salvation Army changed his life while growing up in East Lake at the Annual Purse Auction

The Salvation Army served breakfast to our neighbors in Ringgold after an overnight tornado

The Salvation Army disaster teams are always ready to serve! Here they are serving breakfast to our neighbors in Ringgold after an overnight tornado

The ReCreate Cafe Arts Program 'Walk in my Shoes'

The ReCreate Cafe Arts Program ‘Walk in my Shoes,’ a production to better understand Homelessness

Christmas Kickoff at Hamilton Place

Angel Tree Sponsors at the Annual Christmas Kickoff at Hamilton Place

McCallie students collected 75 turkeys & sides for families in need at Thanksgiving

McCallie students collected 75 turkeys & all the “fixings” for families in need for Thanksgiving

Volunteers distributed 75 turkeys & sides to our neighbors in need for Thanksgiving

Volunteers distributed 75 turkeys & sides to our neighbors in need for Thanksgiving

Volunteers at the annual Thanksgiving Eve Festival

Volunteers at the annual Thanksgiving Eve Festival for the homeless

Allyson & Rob ringing the bell

Student Volunteers, Allyson & Rob ringing the bell

Matt found 36 100-hundred dollar bills from the Secret Santa

Matt, our East Lake Kettle Coordinator, found 36 100-hundred dollar bills from the Secret Santa

Dynamic Church members at the 'Love Gives Wheels' Event

Dynamic Church members collected over 400 bikes at the ‘Love Gives Wheels’ Event

Secret Santa struck again with 50 one-hundred dollar bills with this note

Secret Santa struck again with 50 one-hundred dollar bills with this note included in the Kettle

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David Karnes of WRCB-TV delivering gifts and Christmas joy at the Angel Tree Distribution

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Volunteers love spreading the love of Christ and handing out gifts at the Angel Tree Distribution

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Volunteers delivering a bike at Angel Tree Distribution

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Senior Christmas Party recipient enjoying her  gifts

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Seniors love our Senior Christmas Parties and their gifts

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Bell Ringers in Cleveland, TN making ringing the bell a family tradition

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WDEF’s morning anchors ringing the bell at Walmart – some of our biggest fans!

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Santa made an appearance at our Christmas Eve Brunch for the homeless

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