September Volunteer of the Month – Greg

September 14, 2017 Leave a comment

Greg, our September 2017 Volunteer of the Month, has a heart for others and after moving to Knoxville from Jacksonville, Fla., he found himself seeking an opportunity to help those in need. Having previously mentored individuals seeking a lifestyle change, he realized the mission of The Salvation Army and the work at the Knoxville Area Command aligned with his desire to make a difference in the lives of others.

Greg finds that the pace and requirements in the kitchen fit his style of volunteering. He is willing to help out with whatever needs to be done. He likes seeing the smile on resident’s faces as they receive their meal and feels good knowing he has done something to cheer up their day.

The Knoxville Area Command is proud to honor Greg with the September 2017 Volunteer of the Month award. His attitude and desire to serve others are exactly what helps push our mission forward each day.



2017 Angel Tree & Silver Bell Adoption Info

September 13, 2017 Leave a comment


The Salvation Army’s
Angel Tree, Silver Bell & Adopt-A-Family Program
The A, B, C’s of the Adoption Process

Up to Eight…
Individuals or companies wishing to adopt less than eight Angels (children) or Silver Bells (seniors) may select them off a tree at any of the following Walmart stores:

  • 10900 Parkside Dr., Knoxville 37934
  • 8445 Walbrook Dr., Knoxville 37923
  • 6777 Clinton Hwy., Knoxville 37912
  • 7550 Norris Fwy., Knoxville 37938
  • 7420 Chapman Hwy., Knoxville 37920
  • 2510 University Commons Way, Knoxville 37919
  • 1030 Hunters Crossing, Alcoa 37701
  • 2410 US Highway 411 S, Maryville 37801

More than Eight…
Individuals or companies adopting eight or more, may complete the Christmas 2017 Community Sponsor Form and send it via email or fax to Major Dawn Worthy at or (865) 524-7748.  A confirmation of receipt will be sent.

Requests are filled in the order they are received.  Angels, Silver Bells and Adopt-A-Families may be available as early as October 12th, depending on the number of applicants that apply each day.

Gifts are due December 8th
Every Angel Tree, Silver Bell and Adopt-A-Family tag has the wish list for the child(ren) or senior listed on the tag.  All applicants have been screened by caseworkers and will present income and expense verification, including bills for cell phone and cable TV. This not only ensures that the client is in need, but also allows The Salvation Army to see if further assistance can be provided.

The donor adopting the Angel or Silver Bell should not feel that they must purchase everything on the wish list.  The items listed are simply suggestions.  It is our hope that each child or senior will receive at least two gifts.  The items must be new and all gifts for children must be unwrapped.  The donor may include gift wrap for the parent should they choose to do so.

Each tag has a code that identifies the child or senior.  All gifts for that person should be placed in a large trash bag and the tag should be securely attached to the bag.  The code may be marked on the bag itself, but not on the gifts.  Nothing says, “Your family received assistance” more than a code on the gift itself.  Our goal is for the parent to receive items to in turn give to their children as gifts from them on Christmas morning.

Gifts should be returned to The Salvation Army at 409 N. Broadway in Knoxville or any of the Walmart stores listed above by Friday, December 12, 2017.

Distribution begins December 15th so it is very important that all gifts are returned by December 12th.  This allows The Salvation Army to log and process the gifts.

The Salvation Army may be able to pick up gifts for adoptions of eight or more.  Please contact Major David Worthy at (865) 971-4901 to arrange for a pick up.

December 15th & December 19th
Angel Tree ad Silver Bell gifts will be distributed to nearly 2,000 children and seniors this year and many volunteers are needed.  Although it would be fun to have a party for the children, the gifts are distributed to the parents for the purpose of giving the parent gifts to be able to present the child with gifts on Christmas morning.  We do not want the gifts to be from The Salvation Army, but from the parent.  To volunteer for this distribution, please contact Hannah Hankins at (865) 971-4937.

Silver Bell Christmas Party – We feel that many seniors are often lonely during the holidays, so our distribution for seniors ages 62 and up is going to be a PARTY!  We hope to have Santa deliver the gifts at the end of the party.  If you would like to volunteer for this special event or know of a volunteer Santa, please contact Hannah Hankins at (865) 971-4937.

Quite often, donors get busy and forget to drop off their gifts or Angels just aren’t adopted because they’re older ages.  Forgotten Angels and Forgotten Silver Bells will be available with more generic gift suggestions.  These will fill a need for a child or senior who wasn’t adopted during the holiday season.

If your company, church or employee party would like to conduct a toy drive, we would love and welcome your donation!  We especially need toys for children ages 10-14.  Suggestions:  curling irons, make-up kits, fishing poles, basketballs, new Xbox360 games, new PS4 games, unique board games, action figures, Barbies, Legos or other building toys.

Angel Tree was created by The Salvation Army in 1979 by Majors Charlie & Shirley White, who are retired officers now living in Tennessee.  The name was given by permission of Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship, who owns the Angel Tree title.  The Prison Fellowship and The Salvation Army are the only programs that should use the Angel Tree name.  We are honored to have the opportunity to work with this and so many other good organizations, businesses and individuals during the Christmas season!

The Salvation Army couldn’t do what we do without great people in the community like YOU!  Thank you for all that you do to help the needy in our area.  We appreciate your generosity!

Download the Christmas Assistance ABCs of Adoption

Download Christmas 2017 Community Sponsor Form

2018 Angel Tree Registration Flyer

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August Volunteers of the Month – Richard & Judy

August 16, 2017 Leave a comment

Richard and Judy are our August 2017 Volunteers of the Month. Richard began is journey with The Salvation Army by helping retrieve kettles during our annual Red Kettle Campaign and his wife, Judy started by helping in our soup kitchen. Today, Richard heads up the Knoxville Corps Youth Basketball team and Judy continues to help out in the soup kitchen and with some administrative duties during kettle season.

This couple adds something special to the Knoxville Area Command’s volunteer program. They each have a heart to serve the Lord and diligently show that passion through the giving of their time.

One of Judy’s favorite memories is her first day of serving in the soup kitchen during Sunday brunch. This is a time with a couple hundred individuals of the homeless population walk through our doors for could be their only hot meal of the day.

“It was a blessing to see them smile and know that they could sit down and enjoy their meal,” she said.

The Knoxville Area Command is so thankful to have dedicated and humble volunteers like Richard and Judy. Without their service it wouldn’t be possible to do the most good in the Knoxville community.


July Volunteer of the Month – Jay

Jay P.  is our July 2017 Volunteer of the Month. Jay began his journey as a volunteer with The Salvation Army’s Knoxville Area Command in May 2016 by serving in the soup kitchen. As Christmas rolled around, it was clear he was a perfect candidate to help with some administrative responsibilities for the Red Kettle Campaign.

“Volunteering is a huge part of my life and The Salvation Army’s mission and purpose align with what I believe in. I wanted to do what I can to help people,” Jay says.

Jay particularly loves the interactions with “some of the most selfless people he knows” as he puts it. He sees the drive in kitchen staffers, Kevin and Kerry as well as Holly, Amy and other dedicated volunteers.

One of Jay’s favorite memories of volunteering with The Salvation Army is working with Holly. Holly is a regular volunteer in our kitchen and food pantry (and our June Volunteer of the Month).  Having grown up in poverty, he can relate to many of our residents’ situations, but sees their strong spirits as they seek to make a life transformation through the programs at The Salvation Army.

Jay is an ideal volunteer thanks to his positive attitude and willingness to help us do the most good in the Knoxville community. Thanks for all you do, Jay!

Jay Patel Picture

June Volunteer of the Month – Holly

Our June 2017 Volunteer of the Month award goes to Holly! Holly has been volunteering with The Salvation Army since May 2015.

Without Holly, many tasks in the soup kitchen and Emergency Assistance food pantry wouldn’t get done. She is a key player when it comes to serving the community on Sunday mornings and helping to get our food pantry clients served throughout the week.

Holly has a regular schedule but you can often find her volunteering with us on her “off days” packing sack lunches for residents, helping to unload our food delivery trucks or even filling the salt and pepper shakers! It’s because she loves volunteering here, “The people are friendly and easy to work with,” said Holly.

Volunteer Manager, Hannah Hankins, added, “Holly is one of our most important volunteers. I can always count on her to be here when scheduled and I love seeing her through the week too. She’s also great at answering questions for other volunteers that may be learning the ropes.”

The Salvation Army Knoxville Area Command is excited to award Holly with the June 2017 Volunteer of the Month Award.


May Volunteers of the Month – The Three Amigos

We are excited to award the May 2017 Volunteer of the Month to The Three Amigos, also known as Jim, Steve and Melissa. They come every Thursday to serve dinner in our soup kitchen without missing a beat – unless it’s for their coveted golf trip twice a year.

The trio got started about 19 years ago when Steve saw an ad in his church bulletin for soup kitchen volunteers at The Salvation Army. He brought along two friends, one being Jim. Through the years the third amigo has varied. Melissa currently fills this spot and keeps everyone in line. One thing remains the same, their faithfulness to serving and helping the Knoxville Area Command to do the most good in the community.

When asked about a favorite memory while serving, Steve is quick to say, “The kitchen rarely runs out of food, no matter how many people come through the line. The Lord always provides.” In response, Hannah, the volunteer manager, says the same about The Three Amigos, “The Lord has provided these hands to serve in the soup kitchen and we are so thankful for them. Their regular service paired with a positive and willing attitude is what I seek in volunteers.”

The Knoxville Area Command looks forward to having The Three Amigos serve in the soup kitchen for at least 19 more years.


(From left to right) Hannah Hankins, Special Events and Volunteer Manager; Jim M; Major Mary Bratcher, Associate Area Commander; Steve M (not pictured: Melissa R.)