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Salvation Army fires up emergency warming shelters Thursday

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - As the temperatures plummet, concern rises for the area's homeless.
The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga is doing what it can to help and is asking the community to assist them in that goal.

"This is the first year we've had to kick off the campaign so early," says Salvation Army's Kimberly George of the charity's annual "Share your Warmth" project, which according to Captain Aaron Goldfarb, is in greater demand due to nearby supporting charities that can't open due to financial constraints.


"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.

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