The Salvation Army loves serving the son of God. Other sons, not so much.
The Johnson City Salvation Army… turned away a homeless family with a teenage son on a cold night earlier this month, all because of the boy’s age.
Tim Lejeune says on one of the coldest nights of the year [temperature 18ºF], despite the organization’s white flag waving outside the shelter [a symbol that all are welcome], the Salvation Army turned his family away, because his son is 15 years old.
“They said he’s too old to stay on the women’s side, because of the women running around in their pajamas, and they said he’s too young to stay on the men’s side in case some pervert wants to do whatever,” Lejeune said.
Lejeune says his wife, their 15 year-old son, 16 year-old daughter and five year-old son, all down on their luck, have been living in their car for the last several weeks.
Thanks to the charitable offer of a local motel, the Lejeunes found free temporary lodging, and police officers who’d heard of the family’s predicament pooled their own money to buy groceries for them.