Clothing needed by agency

Sue Guinn Legg • Sep 27, 2012 at 4:58 PM

The seasons are changing. The daytime highs and low humidity are glorious. Nights and mornings have gotten much cooler. People are switching out the wardrobes. And the Salvation Army Family Thrift Store is running very low on good used clothing.

Located at 2506 S. Roan St. in the former Food City shopping center, the store’s discount prices on used clothes and household furnishings are meant not only for bargain shoppers but for the many individuals and families in the area who cannot afford retail prices.

Proceeds from the store provide support for Salvation Army programs and services, including its emergency shelter and kitchen on Ashe Street. For people who have lost all they possess to a fire, flood or other disaster and for those in need who, for many reasons, may have no money to shop with, donations to the store go out for free.

For anyone making room in their closet who may wish to share the items they no longer need, donations may be dropped off at the store Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Or, pickup is free and may be arranged by calling the Salvation Army at 926-2101.

There are a couple of Tri-Cites area children in need of organ transplants and many concerned friends and neighbors who are trying to help their families with the expense.

For young Piper Smith, a second-grader at Lake Ridge Elementary School who will be receiving a kidney transplant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, the Kosher Pickle Deli and The Rhythm Brewers Band are the latest to join in the efforts to help. The deli and the band will be doing what they do best to help Piper’s family with the cost of her transplant on Saturday from 1-2 p.m. at the Kosher Pickle, 3900 Bristol Highway. The restaurant is in the shopping center directly behind The Motor Mile Shell station.

Admission is free and donations will be collected. Tax-deductible donations to help the family may also be made to Children’s Organ Transplant Association, online at www.COTAforPiperS.com, or by mail to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, 2501 W. COTA Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403. Checks may be made payable to COTA and earmarked for Piper Smith.

For Weston Keeton, a 6-year-old Blountville boy in need of a heart and lung transplant who has been at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia for more than year, Bloomingdale Baptist Church in Kingsport is organizing its second “Westonfest” and inviting area crafters and vendors to join in. The benefit will be held rain or shine on Oct. 20 from noon to 7 p.m. in the Christian Activity Center behind the church at 3220 Bloomingdale Road.

From noon to 4, there will be baked goods, hand-crafted items and exclusive products from local vendors of Pampered Chef kitchen wares, Thirty-One purses, Avon and Beauty Control available for purchase and free children’s activities, including a bounce house and colorful, clip-in hair extensions. From 4-7 p.m., the church will be serving a benefit supper of spaghetti, salad, bread, drinks and desserts. The cost of the meal is $6 and carry outs will be available.

What’s needed are additional artisans and vendors who would like to sell their goods at the benefit and more volunteers to help set up. Vendor slots are $30 and all proceeds will go to the Keeton family to help with the cost of Weston’s transplant and care.

Organizer Ginger Little said, “What we want to do is give people and families a chance to do some shopping, have some fun, have some fellowship and help Weston too. It’s a great cause. ... He’s a very sick little boy. He needs a heart and a lung. And their medical bills are going to be well over $1 million.”

To join in the benefit or for more information, call Ginger or Greg Little at 288-1741 or email little_37660@yahoo.com.

Donations to help the Keeton family may be made online at www.cotaforwestonk.com or by mail to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403. Checks may be made payable to COTA and earmarked for “Weston K.”

If there is a need or a 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 929-3111, ext. 335.

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