The Salvation Army Launches Beat The Heat Campaign; Collection Event Is June 25
Monday, June 21, 2021
The Salvation Army is kicking off its annual Beat The Heat campaign. Each year, the campaign provides assistance to those in need with free box fans, bottled water, groceries, help with higher utility bills associated with air conditioning and access to air-conditioned locations for individuals facing homelessness.
“It is vital that those experiencing homelessness have ample access to water and shelter during hot summer days and our families in housing have resources to keep them cool,” said Major Mark Smith of the Chattanooga Area Command.
“Heat exhaustion and heatstroke can be serious conditions, and we want to make sure that all of our neighbors have the resources they need to stay safe and healthy.”
The Salvation Army has reopened its day shelter so the homeless can find relief from sweltering conditions. The ReCreate Café, 800 McCallie Ave., is complete with water, snacks, other cool refreshments and an air-conditioned interior. In Cleveland, water, showers and laundry services are available at 437 Inman St.
On Friday, June 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Salvation Army will host a collection event at 800 McCallie Ave. to officially start the Beat The Heat campaign. The organization is requesting new box fans, bottled water, other hydrating drinks like Gatorade and nutritious prepackaged snacks like granola bars. A mobile kitchen, known as a canteen, will be present to provide donors with refreshments.
Additionally, through an ongoing partnership with Elder’s Ace Hardware, a donation of $13 to The Salvation Army can purchase a high-quality box fan for a disadvantaged family. With an anticipated need of 400 fans, alongside the continuous necessity of bottled water and food items, The Salvation Army will be accepting donations for Beat The Heat for the entire summer.
Monetary donations can also be made online at csarmy.org/beattheheat or by mailing donations in envelopes marked “Beat the Heat” to 822 McCallie Ave. in Chattanooga or 437 Inman St. in Cleveland.
If you or someone you know is in need of a fan, call 423-305-6200 for assistance in Chattanooga or 423-308-3467 in Cleveland. To learn more about The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga, visit csarmy.org or call 423-756-1023.