Salvation Army fires up emergency warming shelters Thursday
As the temperatures plummet the concern for the area's homeless rises. Channel 3's Vince Lennon tells us what the Salvation Army is doing to help and how you can help.
"They're not able to do that until December 15th so the Salvation Army is willing and able to open up their doors," says Goldfarb, who oversees transforming the ReCreate Café into a temporary nighttime dorm, that could house as many as 100 clients.
But to do that, they're asking the community to come forward and pitch in.
Since sounding the call for help a few hours ago, the Salvation Army has gotten a number of donations from folks, whether its sweaters, bedding, blankets, all these items are in the hopes of keeping the less than fortunate warm this winter.
"We need toiletries, coats. hats and scarves gloves, we need backpacks," lists Goldfarb, who adds they don't currently need any additional blankets.
The Share Your Warmth campaign coincides with other holiday themed appeals from Salvation Army such as the Angel Tree and the Red Kettle Campaign.
"We don't normally have all three happening at the same time, the emergency shelter, kettles and Angel Tree and so we'll invite the community to continue to adopt the angels," says Goldfarb.
George says you can always volunteer your time if short on a financial donation.
"Both of those can be done at www.csarmy.org, you can find out how you can volunteer, whether it's to help us in our cold weather shelter, to ring a bell or adopt an angel from our angel tree," says George.
The overnight emergency shelter opens both Thursday & Friday evenings at 6:00 p.m.
The center is located at 800 McCallie Avenue in downtown Chattanooga.