This holiday season, the Salvation Army is calling on the community’s charitable inclinations to ensure that 75 Chattanooga families in need enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
The organization has partnered with the McCallie School to collect all the necessary ingredients, including turkeys or hens, cranberry sauce, dressing, green beans, peas, potatoes and yams packed into baskets.
The families were identified through the Salvation Army’s social services. The collection itself is a new addition to the existing options for Thanksgiving meals.
The organization also hosts a Thanksgiving Eve Carnival at the McCallie Avenue location, complete with games, live entertainment, hamburgers, hot dogs and chili, both for the homeless and families in need. On the holiday, staff and volunteers serve dinner to residents and deliver meals to the homebound.
Between the two events, the Salvation Army feeds 500 to 700 people in the greater Chattanooga area.
The partnership with the McCallie School allows the local chapter to take the Thanksgiving holiday one step further with an intimate family experience.
“What’s new is that we are able to provide them with their own meal so that they can have that tradition around their own table in their own home,” said Kimberly George, director of marketing and development for the Salvation Army.
The baskets will be picked up Friday, Nov. 16, at 12:30 p.m. at the McCallie School campus, located at 500 Dodds Ave. Donations from the general public are welcome.