Chattanooga, TN (May 29, 2013) - The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga is on the scene at the Brainerd Recreation Center located on North Moore Road to serve evacuees from the overnight Patten Towers fire. This morning, The Salvation Army served breakfast to over 300 individuals and is preparing to serve lunch and dinner today and all three meals tomorrow. Salvation Army personnel and volunteers are en route from Winchester, TN to help serve the Patten Towers residents.
One anxiety-filled Patten Towers resident, a regular at The Salvation Army's ReCreate Cafe, came to the serving canteen and said, "Captain Winter, now that I know you're here, I know that everything is going to be alright."
The American Red Cross reports more than 240 residents are being sheltered. The Salvation Army is serving with the American Red Cross to meet the needs of the evacuees. It is uncertain how long residents will be displaced, and The Salvation Army is preparing to serve as long as needed.
Donations are needed to aid with disaster services and can be made by visiting www.csarmy.org or by calling 1-800-Sal-Army. Monetary donations can also be mailed to 822 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403.
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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 133 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 www.salvationarmyusa.org.About The Salvation Army