Salvation Army - Chattanooga, TN


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February 12, 2016

Salvation Army to host 2nd Annual Mardi "Bra" Party!

Chattanooga, TN –According to a Huffington Post article, "homeless women typically know where to find a safe place to sleep or a hot meal to eat, but when it comes to taking care of their feminine hygiene needs, they often have nowhere to turn." The Salvation Army realizes that most shelters are typically run by men and the majority of guests are men. Feminine hygiene items and bras are rarely donated because they are pricey and often forgotten. This is very challenging for homeless women. The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary became aware of this need and created the idea of a "Mardi Bra Party," a party where bras, panties, and feminine hygiene items could be handed out to the female homeless guests. The Second Annual Mardi Bra Party will be held on Mardi Gras, February 12, at 1:00 PM at The Salvation Army ReCreat Café, located at 800 McCallie Avenue . To date, fifty-three homeless women have RSVP’d for the party.

"We are still collecting items for the party," states Major Teresa Newsome, Associate Area Commander of the Greater Chattanooga Area. "Even after the Mardi Bra Party we will continue to collect these items since they are needed year-round."

If your church, business or school would like to do a donation drive, please contact Matthew Dodgins at 423-756-1023 . Monetary donations can be made online at , by calling 1-800-Sal-Army  or by mail to The Salvation Army, 822 McCallie Ave , Chattanooga, TN 37403. For additional information contact Kimberly George at 423-756-1023  or by email to .

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.

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