With temperatures dipping below freezing this weekend, The Salvation Army will be opening its doors for overnight cold weather shelter for the homeless on Saturday through Monday evening. =
The hours of the shelter are 6 p.m.-6 a.m. each day. The ReCreate Café, The Salvation Army Day Center, located at 800 McCallie Ave. is busy preparing to serve.
The Salvation Army is asking the community to donate monetarily due to low funding. They are also asking for donations of toiletry items (hotel sizes are best), coats, gloves, coffee, and snack cakes for the shelter, and new space heaters for low income residents.
"We want to keep people safe and protected from below freezing temperatures," said Major Al Newsome, Chattanooga Salvation Army Area commander. "Our social services offices have been inundated with phone calls for small heaters from low income residents trying to stay warm. We need the community’s help with Sharing the Warmth."
Monetary donations are also welcomed for those experiencing high utility bills from having to keep temperatures warmer in their homes. Donations of coats, gloves, coffee, snacks, new heaters or money are being accepted at The Salvation Army, 822 McCallie Ave. Monetary donations can also be made on line by visiting csarmy.org
or by calling 1-800-Sal-Army.
For additional information, call 423-756-1023.