Salvation Army - Chattanooga, TN

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November 30, 2012

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

Chattanooga, TN – The Chattanooga and Cleveland Salvation Army Angel Tree Program Deadline to adopt an Angel for this Christmas 2012 was this Sunday, December 2. However, with 1,238 Angels still needing to be adopted, the deadline has been extended to December 9! 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.

The local Salvation Army registered 4,763 Angels this year, a 39% increase from three years ago. There have been 3,525 Angels adopted so far, but the deadline to adopt and return gifts is just over a week away. Angels Trees are located at Hamilton Place, Northgate and Bradley Square Malls.

"We are asking the community to really be generous during these last few days of Angel Tree so all the Angels will be adopted and have a wonderful Christmas," said Major Teresa Newsome, Associate Area Commander. "We also need for those who have adopted Angels to return these gifts as soon as they possibly can."

Red Kettles collections are also sluggish. "As of today we have collected a total of $130,161.50 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 $400,000.00 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, Chattanooga, TN 37403 , 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