The Salvation Army’s Echelon Chapter to Host Men’s Health Event for the Homeless

Chattanooga, TN - On Saturday, April 12th, from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., The Salvation Army of Chattanooga’s Echelon Chapter, a community of young professionals, will be hosting an event for the homeless men in our area. The event, titled Bacon and Boxers, will be a bacon-themed lunch and health outreach aimed at providing our homeless male neighbors with underwear and socks, which are two of the most in demand, but least donated items.

"Fresh underwear and socks are two basic necessities that we want to ensure our homeless neighbors have access to," said Alissa Miller, Echelon Service Co-Chair. "The local community has been generous with donations of items for this event, and we are excited that our chapter, along with our partners in the community, will be able to play a role in meeting this need." 

The members of Echelon make it their mission to support, fundraise, and help communicate the needs of The Salvation Army in order to aid those experiencing homelessness. Donations of men’s undergarments and socks are still needed in order to make this event a success! Anyone who would like to contribute to this cause can visit The Salvation Army Chattanooga’s Amazon Wishlist or deliver items to 822 McCallie Ave. 

"We may overlook the importance of underwear, but the men of our homeless community would love the luxury," said Lt. James Harvin, officer of the 614 Corps and Day Shelter on McCallie Avenue. "We would like to invite the community to come along side The Salvation Army in this endeavor to bless our transient neighbors with boxers, socks, and other health necessities."

For more information on this event, contact The Salvation Army at 423.756.1023 or email 

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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Thomas Black