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Chattanooga holiday pub crawl to benefit Salvation Army

Organizers say at least 1500 Santa's participated in this year's pub crawl in Downtown Chattanooga. Courtesy: WTVC

Downtown Chattanooga felt the season's greetings from hundreds of Santa's, with a beer or two in their hands.

The 2016 Santa Clause Pub Crawl took to the streets Saturday night in support of the area Salvation Army. Participants were asked to bring either a toy donation, or donate cash in order to receive their red wristband to participate.

"We're excited that folks are willing to do the most good and donate toys all while they're out having fun," said Kimberly George of the Salvation Army.

The first stop of the crawl was at Clyde's on Main Street. Manager Peter Melloy looks forward to the event every year.

"People come out in waves and have fun and do some donations," he said. "Then they get to go out in the city"

Chattanooga resident Ryan McCormack loves the event; he enjoys the season of giving because his family always made it important.

"We all stopped by and got some toys and brought them to the tent." McCormack said.

The Salvation Army says before the event, their numbers were lower than previous years. For those unable to participate or donate on Saturday night, the opportunity is still available any other day at the various Chattanooga Salvation Army locations.

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