Benefit to aid eating disorders facility

Sue Guinn Legg • Feb 6, 2014 at 9:11 AM

A Place of Healing, a new Johnson City-based nonprofit service center for people throughout the Tri-Cities with eating disorders, will host its first public event tonight — a benefit storytelling session to be held at Shakti in the Mountains at 409 E. Unaka Ave.“Everybody knows Somebody,” an evening of inspirational stories by students and instructors from the storytelling program at East Tennessee State University, will be held from 7-9 p.m.The benefit will also include a silent auction and refreshments catered by Earth Fare. Doors will open at 6:30 for a free viewing of a large selection of auction items donated for the benefit. Admission to the storytelling is $20 per person.Proceeds will help the center raise awareness that eating disorders are a serious illness, help those in need access treatment and make critically needed educational materials available to individuals and the local medical, educational and business communities.The first of its kind in the Tri-Cities region, the center began work in January to fill the void in local resources. Open Tuesdays from 3-5 p.m. and other times by appointment, the center is located at 509 E. Watauga Ave. and includes a reading library. Treatment referrals are available.For more information about the center’s resources, visit www.healingtn.org or call Laryn Hurley at 815-9511 or lhurleylmt@yahoo.com. Good Samaritan Ministries has lost a piece of equipment essential to its charitable operations. On Wednesday, the ministry learned its much used and increasingly failing 26-foot delivery truck is beyond repair. The truck played a critical role in the ministry’s day-to-day work, picking up and delivering donations of food, clothing, household furnishings and more for local families and individuals in need.Adam Hoover with the Good Samaritan staff said, “Our ministry cannot afford to not have a vehicle like this. Every day we don’t have a box truck, food is not picked up, furniture is not delivered and families in our community are not adequately served.”While a donated delivery truck would be ideal, monetary donations to help the ministry purchase or lease a replacement vehicle are urgently needed.Those who wish to help may make tax-deductible donations earmarked for “Operations” online at www.goodsamjc.org or by mail to Good Samaritan Ministries, P.O. Box 2441. Johnson City, TN 37605-2441.For more information about the need, call 928-0288 or email sarah@goodsamjc.org. If you’re aiming for a Valentine’s weekend dinner date to show your sweetheart just how sweet you are, Honor Flight of Northeast Tennessee is inviting everyone to twist the night away Feb. 15 at the Johnson City Veterans of Foreign Wars post.A 1950s style sock hop and spaghetti supper is planned to help the nonprofit Honor Flight organization treat its next bus load of local World War II veterans to a complimentary trip Washington to tour of the nation’s war memorials.The dinner dance with Jerry Pierce and the Nightlife Band will be held from 4-8 p.m. Fun ’50s attire and comfortable dancing shoes are encouraged but not required. It’s a nonalcoholic event and children are welcome. Admission will be by donation. The VFW is located at 2518 Jim Funkhouser Road.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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