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Operation Love plans to help needy kids with summer clothes

Sue Guinn Legg • Mar 7, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Operation Love, the new and growing group of Johnson City women bound by their desire to help their community, has launched the third in their series of two-month charitable drives, this one to outfit needy school kids for summer.

“Our current project is designed to put a little sunshine in our children’s summer by the donation of new summer shirts, shorts and flip-flops for boys and girls K-12,” volunteer Sandy Deacon said. “It was brought to our attention that many children in the summer programs have clothing needs that can be met by our donations. We hope you will help meet these needs by dropping off your donations.”

New shorts, tops and summer shoes of all sizes may be dropped off at the Atlantis shop downtown at 242 E. Main St., through April 30, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m.

Deacon reported support for Operation Love’s January and February drive for children’s hats, gloves and scarves, a follow-up to its November/December drive for children’s socks, was generous, with 86 hats, 54 pairs of gloves and 18 scarves received and distributed to Washington County and Johnson City schools for students who need them.

“We are deeply grateful for this outpouring of love. For those who missed out on this opportunity, we will be repeating the hats and gloves project in September and October to prepare for the cold weather next winter,” Deacon said.

The group has also selected a series of future projects to be repeated at the same time annually to make it easier for the community to know what project is in progress. Their May/June drive will be pet food for the city/county animal shelter. School supplies for local students in need will be collected in July and August. Cold-weather hats and gloves drive will run again in September and October and the children’s socks drive again in November and December. In January and February next year, Operation Love will collect toiletries for the local women’s shelter.

The group’s next meeting will be held March 20 at Atlantis at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and share ideas or to call Deacon at 434-2206 or Atlantis owner Kay McClain at 926-8884 for more information.

The Kingdom Heirs, the chart-topping Southern gospel group based at Dollywood, will be performing tonight in Greeneville to help the American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee help Greene County residents struck by disasters. The Changing Lives Concert will begin at 7 at First Baptist Church, 211 N. Main St. Tickets are $15 and will be available in limited supply at the door, or in advance at the church and at any Greeneville Heritage Community Bank location. Tickets may also be obtained by calling Anthony Morrison at the Red Cross office at 638-6441 or at 823-2756.

Prom season is coming soon to high schools everywhere, and if you’re a student who will be challenged by the cost of dressing up for the dance or you know one who will be, the Bristol YMCA is ready to help with recycled prom gowns starting at $25.

Located at 106 State St., the Y’s annual prom dress sale will be held today and Friday from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon. For more information or for assistance, call 968-9444.

If you missed last week’s column, Honor Flight of East Tennessee has a couple of weekends of fundraising lined up to help provide its April trip to Washington’s war memorials for local veterans of World War II.

Today and Saturday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Bob Evans restaurant in Boones Creek, there will be live entertainment by Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe impersonators Jimmy and Mary Fields and Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band. Look for Honor Flight volunteers in the parking lot to receive a voucher good for a donation of a portion of the proceeds from every purchase.

Next weekend, American Legion Post No. 24 will host benefit breakfasts for Honor Flight on Friday and Saturday morning, March 15 and 16, from 6-11 a.m. at the post, 409 E. Market St.

And Saturday night, March 16, there will be a benefit St. Patrick’s Day dinner and dance for Honor Flight at University Parkway Baptist Church. The Irish dinner will start at 6 and the dance with music by Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band will begin at 7. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door. Reservations will help greatly with dinner preparations and may be obtained by calling Honor Flight’s director Edie Lowry at 816-351-0811.

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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