Media release: On Friday, Jan. 12, The Salvation Army will close it’s family store at 200 Golden Circle in Calhoun.
In preparation of closing, The Salvation Army is having special sales there through Friday.
“This is strictly a financial decision for our organization,” says Maj. Douglas McClure. “We are grateful for all the support, the fabulous donors and the wonderful customers. At this time, we can no longer afford to keep this location open. Our Murray County and Whitfield County locations are more widely known and established.”
The store had been struggling financially at this location. The revenue generated from the Family Store operations helps funds various programs of The Salvation Army. From summer camp, Transitional Housing, Pathway of Hope and serving basic human needs, the income generated from family store sales has changed countless lives.
Said McClure: “A few years ago, the people of Gordon County area depended on The Salvation Army in a time of disaster. The money to fund those disaster operations primarily comes from sales in the Family Stores and private donations. The Salvation Army does not receive federal funding for disaster operations.”
The Salvation Army also provides thousands of pieces of clothing to people at no cost through it’s Social Services programs. All of the programs and services come from people donating items to the Family Store and stopping by to discover “treasures” that need a new home.
The Salvation Army will continue providing some social services to Gordon County as funding allows. Residents in need can call our financial assistance hotline, 706-278-9697, on the first and third Mondays of the month or the main office at 706-278-3966. There also are other wonderful and supportive organizations in the Gordon County area that help those in need.