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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.

Our Thrift Store Finds

This week our student volunteer, Anna, went to The Family Store to see what cool items she could find for herself. This is what she found!

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Thrifting with a Purpose

Have you ever experienced the thrill of going shopping at your favorite  thrift store? It is much like a treasure hunt; you go in, not knowing what you will find, but you search and search until you find the perfect item. Whether you find a new shirt, a lamp, or even a piece of furniture for your stylish living room, one can always find cool things at thrift stores.

Now what if your thrifting could do more? What if it could help a homeless mother get back on her feet, so that she can provide for her family? Or help a man struggling with addiction become sober? When you shop at The Family Store here in Chattanooga, you are doing that by helping aid the funding for numerous events and programs presented by The Salvation Army. The Family store carries clothing and shoes, but also items like electronics, games, books, household items, sports equipment, and even furniture. So you are sure to find what you need and want at an amazingly low price. If you want an even better deal you can come visit us on “Wacky Wednesday,” when you can enjoy 50% off of particular items.

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In addition to The Family Store, The Salvation Army Chattanooga also opened the “As Is” store in January. Here, those that enjoy venturing to yard sales can experience that vibe all year long. The products at this store are sold “as is,” and are insanely discounted! From furniture to home decor to stuffed animals, the As Is Store is sure to be a hit!

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Are you telling yourself that you already have too many things and you don’t know where you would put newly found treasures? Well, we have the solution! The Salvation Army Chattanooga not only provides two awesome thrifting experiences, but you can also donate gently used items to help those in need. We wouldn’t be able to do the most good without your donations, so clean out your closets and bring your used items to us. When you shop at or donate to The Family Store or the As Is Store you are changing lives.  One man’s old shirt could be another man’s new start; a donated lamp could easily brighten someone’s future.

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*Call about free pick-up service for large donations: 423-305-6925 . Donation drop boxes are located at 800 and 822 McCallie Avenue in downtown Chattanooga, as well as 4104 Ringgold Rd.

The Family Store is located at 4104 Ringgold Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37412. The hours are as listed: Monday – Friday: 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday: 9 am to 4 pm, Sunday: Closed.

The “As Is” Store is located at 5000 Covington Street, Chattanooga, TN. The hours are as listed: Monday – Friday: 9 am to 3 pm

 

 

 

 

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MLK Day of Service: The Street Store

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty states that each year approximately 3.5 million unique individuals experience homelessness in America with 4,000 of those individuals right here in Chattanooga. 600-700 of these individuals find shelter outside, wherever they can seek refuge from the weather conditions (http://community-kitchen.org/facts-homelessness, 2017). The Salvation Army’s Recreate Cafe, looks to be a safe haven for the homeless by providing coffee, snacks, internet, mail services, bible studies, and much more during the day while other shelters are closed.

For the last three years, The Salvation Army has partnered with Southern Adventist University to host the “Street Store,”on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The Street Store acts like a “pop up store” which have become increasingly popular. A pop up store is a short retail event that is “here today, gone tomorrow” and strives to leave a lasting impression on its customers. The event is held on the sidewalk outside of The Recreate Cafe and the purpose is to provide the homeless community with a fun and dignified “shopping” experience. The volunteers from Southern Adventist set up the Street Store with donated clothing and signs and act as personal shopper for the “customers” or homeless individuals; guiding them through the shopping process and helping design outfits. Once the individual is finished shopping, complimentary lunch is served.

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“The homeless look forward to this day, because it is not too often that they have     someone help them pick out the correct sizes, colors, and just have a fun time shopping with a friend,” said Kimberly George, Director of Development and Marketing.

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Like many of the activities held at The Recreate Cafe, the purpose is for the homeless to have a day of fun; to feel normal when they are faced with so much adversity daily. This last MLK Day, we had the privilege of serving nearly 100 homeless community members. They enjoyed the shopping, soup and sandwiches, and a gospel choir from Southern Adventist University, as well. It was a great day full of love and service, as two different populations came together and enjoyed each other’s company. As the students t-shirts read and in the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

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