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Salvation Army in desperate need of donations

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The shelves at the Salvation Army are rarely this empty. The organization says it is dangerously close to not being able to provide for those in need.

"They couldn't even put a box together for one family for all three meals," said Kimberly George, Director of Marketing for the Salvation Army of Chattanooga.

"We've been hoping that it would pick up," explained George.

"After school gets back in session usually folks start becoming more charitable, they start thinking about us, schools start doing more drives."

The Salvation Army relies on local businesses, churches, and schools to hold food drives to help stock the pantry.

George says more drives are needed help the dozens of families across six counties that rely on the pantry each week.

"We have already started collecting for Thanksgiving, but we can't even make it through October," said George.

"We are just asking the public to give, to be generous, to do the most good," she added.

Wednesday, one local church answered that desperate plea.

Lookout Mountain Presbyterian was halfway through a canned food drive, donating what it had to get the pantry by.

Chattanooga resident Cherie Brown also answered the call, dropping off bags of food she purchased at Walmart.

"Sometimes we may need something and we pray that Christians that are in the area or other people in the area would be able to help us," explained Brown.

Still, the 800 pounds of food taken in Wednesday will likely only last a week.

That's why the pantry remains desperate for canned goods or monetary donations to buy them.

"We need them all so we can feed our neighbors," said George.

How to help

If your church, business or school would like to do a donation drive, please contact Jennifer Fisher at 423-756-1023.

All monetary donations can be mailed to The Salvation Army, 822 McCallie, Chattanooga, TN, 37403.

For more information contact Kimberly George at 423-756-1023 or

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