KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Oct. 7, 2021 – The Salvation Army anticipates a 61% increase in requests for help in the community this Thanksgiving season due to the pandemic. They are challenged to meet the needs of 1,083 or more family members and neighbors in Knoxville this Thanksgiving.
Last year, The Salvation Army of Knoxville served 428 family members, but the pandemic and economic challenges have more than doubled that number. Families are now becoming one the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. Many will turn to The Salvation Army for help and hope this Thanksgiving and holiday season.
“The Salvation Army will be there for those in need, providing shelter, meals, food, and other critical assistance for all who might otherwise go without,” said The Salvation Army’s Major Cameron Henderson. “We are hopeful that the Knoxville community will pull through and help us provide these necessities to families during the holiday season.”
To donate to The Salvation Army of Knoxville this Thanksgiving, give online at https://www.salvationarmyknoxville.org/donate or call (865) 525-9401 or mail your gift to The Salvation Army at PO Box 669, Knoxville, TN 37901-0669.
To volunteer with The Salvation Army of Knoxville, please apply here. They are seeking volunteers to cook and help in their men’s shelter and women’s shelter. For the holiday season, they are seeking individuals and groups to serve as Red Kettle bell ringers, Red Kettle Coordinators, Christmas Drivers, and more.
If you or someone you know needs help this Thanksgiving season, go to https://www.salvationarmyknoxville.org/contact-us or call (865) 525-9401 to learn more.
About The Salvation Army of Knoxville
The Salvation Army provides services that range from providing shelter for the homeless, food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, outreach to the elderly and ill, and opportunities for children.
For more information on how you can volunteer your time, visit https://www.salvationarmyknoxville.org/.