Salvation Army calls out for donations

Sue Guinn Legg • Feb 23, 2012 at 11:48 AM

The Johnson City chapter of the Salvation Army is requesting donations to help replenish its new Super Family Thrift Store.

Going into the spring cleaning season, furniture and home furnishings are in particularly low supply at the South Roan Street store and the Salvation Army is asking area residents to remember the year-round feeding and sheltering programs its stores help provide when its time to haul away their junk.

“It helps our bottom line and provides more funds for our services,” Chris Walley, Salvation Army director of human services and public relations, said.

Free pickup for large-item donations may be arranged Monday through Friday by calling 926-2101. Smaller donations may be dropped off Monday through Saturday at the Salvation Army store and warehouse located in the former Food City building at 2506 S. Roan, or at the Salvation Army stores at 423 W. Walnut St. and 3101 W. Market St.

“There’s not a lot coming in. We think its seasonal. We’re just hoping we can encourage some people to do their spring cleaning a little early and give us a call,” Walley said.

To help thousands of unemployed women take the first step to financial stability, dressbarn stores in Johnson City and Kingsport will be collecting donations of good used office wear Wednesday through March 4.

Conducted nationally in partnership with the nonprofit Dress for Success program, dressbarn’s annual Send One Suit campaign will attempt to collect 60,000 articles of clothing this year to help women who lack the resources they need — slacks, skirts, blouses and blazers — to land the jobs they need.

Dressbarn’s Chief Marketing Officer Vivian Behrens said the company has helped more than 125,000 women across the country gain economic stability. Since the campaign’s inception 10 years ago, For those women, Behrens said, the donated garments are “more than just gestures of good will, they are lifelines” to financial security for themselves and for the families that depend on them. “It is our hope that now, more than ever, people will help us in our quest to turn second-hand suits into second chances,” she said.

All items donated will be given to the nonprofit Dress for Success organization for distribution to women across the country who are attempting to enter or re-enter the work force. In appreciation for their donations, contributors will receive a 15 percent discount on their next dressbarn purchase.

For more information about the drive, contact Eugenia Rainwater at the dressbarn stores at 3211 Peoples St. or 2626 E. Stone Drive in Kingsport, or call Rainwater at 610-0709 or 245-2757. For more information about Dress for Success, visit www.dressforsuccess.org.

On Monday, Riverfront Seafood Company in Kingsport will donate 20 percent of its lunch and dinner proceeds to Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center for adults and children with disabilities.

In addition to the direct support their meal will provide to Small Miracles, Riverfront diners also will have an opportunity to learn more about the nonprofit, Christian-based equestrian center Monday and how support for the program enhances the physical, emotional, social and cognitive growth of local residents with special needs through equine-assisted activities.

Small Miracles founder and director Mary Smith encouraged everyone to enjoy a meal with their friends, co-workers or family, schedule a lunch meeting, or take a night off from cooking and have dinner at the restaurant Monday.

“You’ll help make life-changing impacts on the lives of Small Miracles’ students,” she said.

More information about Small Miracles may be obtained by calling Smith at 384-0894 or emailing marypsmith@charter.net.

If there is a need or a charitable project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncitypress.com, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605-1717 or call 929-3111, ext. 335.

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