Chattanooga’s Salvation Army helps “Beat The Heat!”

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – With temperatures now reaching into the 90’s every day, the Chattanooga Salvation Army has launched its annual “Beat the Heat” campaign.

The agency has opened its 4th avenue location which includes a swimming pool, to attract kids on these hot afternoons. The campaign seeks to give kids something to do in a safe environment. They’re also fed lunch and given access to inside activities.

Kimberly George with the Salvation Army said, “I don’t know how folks make it through the hot days of summer. It is so hot that it is life threatening. Often times we have folks who come to us. They receive water and they receive a fan and tell us just how important it is for them. How he gives them just that little extra of heat relief. And so I want to say a big thank you to those who always donate, to those who have donated already. But we still need your help. We are just getting started with the hot temperatures.”

Ace Hardware is selling box fans to the Salvation Army for 1$5 each.

The local branch is accepting donations toward that project, along with bottled water.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Monday through Thursday weather reports show the temperature exceeding 90 degrees! With the heat rising, The Salvation Army continues to provide a relief for the community.

Low income families and individuals with low income need help beating the heat. That is why The Salvation Army provides free fans, water, and utility assistance to anyone in need!

A hydration station will be set up at The Salvation Army Day Center and will be loaded with free ice cold water.

This station will be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day the temperature surpasses 90 degrees.

“The overwhelming need in our community happens to be refuge from the blistering sun on hot summer days. Here at The Salvation Army 614 Corps located at 800 McCallie Avenue we provide, water station outside and a place to escape the heat during the day” says Lieutenant James Harvin. “We need the communities help in this effort so that our homeless population can Beat the Heat. Come volunteer your time. Monetary donations are appreciated as well.”

Nobody should have to feel overwhelmed by this summer’s heat. No child should ever feel thirsty.

The Salvation Army needs your help to make sure everyone gets a cool summer. Any donation, big or small, helps The Salvation Army BEAT THE HEAT! The Salvation Army asks for new boxed fans, bottled water and monetary donations.

If you or someone you know is in need of a fan, please call 423-756-1023.

Monetary gifts should be marked “Beat the Heat” and mailed to (822 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403), and are accepted online on, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

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