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February 7 2019

The Salvation Army's Echelon Promotes Fruit Drive for Homeless Neighbors

Chattanooga, TN – Echelon, a chapter of early to mid-career professionals supporting The Salvation Army, recently launched an online calendar to allow people to sign up to supply bags of fruit for homeless neighbors to help with malnutrition among these marginalized neighbors. The community is invited to participate.

According to Lt. James Harvin, officer over the 614 Corps and Day Shelter on McCallie Avenue, the problem can be severe with some homeless neighbors exhibiting symptoms of scurvy, a disease resulting from a lack of vitamin C that can result in gum and skin diseases, personality changes and problems healing. “Our community has always been generous to help with food drives, but this problem is more than hunger,” says Tripp Thurston, president of Echelon. He goes on to explain that fresh fruit is rarely donated. “It’s understandable that people would give food that has a longer shelf life, but our homeless neighbors also need fresh fruit and vegetables in order to thrive,” Thurston adds.

The challenge has been in how to organize contributions so that the Day Shelter has a steady supply of fresh fruit in the right quantity. The answer for Echelon is in the free google appointment calendar,, that allows people to sign up for a day and time. “By signing up to bring bags of fruit, we’re assured that every donation will be used and the fruit we serve is fresh,” says Harvin. To participate, visit For anyone using one of the new grocery delivery services, simply type in the address, 800 McCallie Avenue, and specify they deliver to ReCreate Café.

“This is a great project for church and school groups, and for companies looking for opportunities to make an impact on our community,” says Thurston.

About The Salvation Army Echelon

Echelon is a community of young professionals engaged in networking, events, fundraising and service projects to benefit The Salvation Army. Whether it’s serving a meal, distributing Angel Tree gifts, ringing bells or hosting a fundraiser to support a life-changing program, Echelon members are serving together and making a real difference. The chapter is grateful to their corporate sponsors: Henderson, Hutcherson, McCullough, CPAs, and Pinnacle Financial Partners. Young adults interested in learning more about this group are invited to “Meet and Greet” events promoted through the group’s Facebook events page.

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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