Salvation Army - Chattanooga, TN

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March 14, 2013

The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga Celebrates 120 Years of Serving Chattanooga!

Chattanooga, TNSaturday, 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 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!

Chattanooga Salvation Army History Facts:

Today, the local Salvation Army offers church and community center programs for all ages in Brainerd, East Lake, Cleveland and houses its Family Store in East Ridge .

Other local Salvation Army programs include:

A convert from an earlier Salvation Army mission in the area was quoted in the March 18, 1893 Chattanooga Times, "Yes, sir, I tell you there are dozens of men and women in Chattanooga whom have been inestimably benefitted by the Salvation Army. It is a body of common people working among the common people."

The Greater Chattanooga Salvation Army still strives to fulfill Adjutant Smith's words of March 17, 1893 – doing the most good!

For more information, please contact Kimberly George, Director of Marketing & Development at 423-503-1801  or 423-756-1023 .

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.

For more information, go to SalvationArmyUSA.org