Salvation Army - Chattanooga, TN

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January 15, 2015

Southern Adventist University Partners with Salvation Army for "Street Store" Service Project on MLK Day

Chattanooga, TNWhat: Southern is hosting a "Street Store" in partnership with The Salvation Army. Street Stores are sidewalk pop-up shops that offers free clothes to the homeless, providing them with a dignified shopping experience as they try on and select their own garments. Approximately 50 Southern students, along with Salvation Army staff, will be volunteering at the event to assist with clothes and hand out free lunches for the "shoppers." To watch a video about Street Stores, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDw0JtwQU8A

When: Monday, January 19 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where: Chattanooga's Street Store will take place on the sidewalk in front of the Salvation Army (800 McCallie Avenue , Chattanooga). If it rains, the store will move inside The Salvation Army.

The Need: Chattanooga Community Kitchen's website states: "According to information gathered for the city's Blueprint to End Chronic Homelessness, more than 4,094 individuals experience homelessness each year in Chattanooga, with over 1,000 homeless children in public schools. Each night, an estimated 400-500 individuals sleep outside or in shelters."

The History: 2015 marks the 22nd year Southern Adventist University has sent out students on Community Service Day to serve around the greater Chattanooga area. On Monday, Southern will send out students again to various locations and hopes to exceed the roughly 1,000 students that volunteered last year.

"Our goal is to keep our neighbors safe and warm in their homes," said Major Algerome Newsome. "Everyone who shares the warmth through their gifts is showing their deep concern for those in danger of the frigid, life-threatening weather."

Staff Contact: Dora Desamour, director for Southern's Christian Service department 423.236.2205 / dorad@southern.edu

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