Salvation Army - Chattanooga, TN

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December 6, 2013

Greater Chattanooga Area Salvation Army Angel Tree Adoptions Alert: Sponsorship Deadline Needing to be Extended by One More Week!

Chattanooga, TN – The Chattanooga and Cleveland Salvation Army Angel Tree Program Deadline to adopt an Angel for this Christmas 2013 was extended to this Sunday, December 8. However, with 933 Angels still needing to be adopted, the deadline has been extended again to Friday, December 13! "This is the first time we have had to have double extension," states Major Algerome Newsome, Salvation Army Area Commander. The Salvation Army Angel Tree provides Christmas assistance for needy children, their families and senior citizens who would not otherwise receive gifts including necessities like food and warm clothing.

There are currently 4,512 Angels that have been adopted so far. The Salvation Army requests these gifts be returned by December 13th as well.

Love Gives Wheels, a 36 hour bike drive to collect a goal of 500 bikes for Angel Tree children is going on today through tomorrow, December 7, at 5:00 PM at the Walmart on Gunbarrel Rd . Stop by and support The Dynamic Church and this bike drive. Special guests including Sean Kelly of The New York Yankees, BJ Coleman, former Green Bay Packer Quarterback, and local media will join Pastor Wesley Odum on the 40 feet plus scissor lift to raise awareness and help reach the 500 bike goal.

Red Kettles collections are also sluggish. "As of today we have collected a total of $163,424.37 which is far from where we need to be by December 24th," states Major Al Newsome, Area Commander for The Salvation Army. "Our goal is $450,000.00 for this year's Red Kettle Campaign."

Monetary donations are needed to purchase gifts for children and seniors. Donations can be placed in any of the Red Kettles, mailed to 822 McCallie Avenue , given online at www.csarmy.org  or by calling 1-800-Sal-Army .

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