Salvation Army - Chattanooga, TN

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December 12, 2012

Santa Comes Early for The Salvation Army of Chattanooga's Angel Tree Program - 316 Bicycles from Three Corporate Donors After Need Was Made Known

Chattanooga, TN – Timing could not be better for two local companies and one local church to donate 316 bicycles to The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program! Southern Champion Tray has donated 130 bicycles. The Dynamic Church of East Brainerd, after doing a 24 hour bike drive, collected 150 bikes and The Insurity Group on Lee Highway donated 36 bicycles. The Salvation Army welcomes all of these donations Thursday, December 13, beginning at 9:30 am at The Angel Tree Warehouse located at 5001 Covington Street , Chattanooga, TN. "What a huge blessing these donations will be to 316 children of the Angel Tree program," says Major Teresa Newsome of The Salvation Army. "For many children this will be their first bike!"

The local Salvation Army registered 4,763 Angels this year, a 39% increase from three years ago. At this time busy "elves" are matching up each Angel by proper number and family. We thank them too for working many long hours.

"We thank these companies and Dynamic Church for rising up to the challenge of providing bicycles for children in need," said Major Teresa Newsome, Associate Area Commander. "If anyone else would like to rise to the challenge we still have time. Gifts will begin being distributed until Monday, December 17th."

Monetary donations are still needed to meet this year's red kettle goal of $400,000.00. 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