Good Neighbor

Sue Guinn Legg • Jul 10, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Good Samaritan Ministries is in need of schools supplies for 1,300 children to be included in its Back to School distribution picnic coming up July 27 at Cardinal Park.The distribution will include children served by the ministry’s Summer Food program for 600 low-income families who qualify for free and reduced-priced school meals, children whose parents are incarcerated, children served by the state’s Relative Care Givers in-home social work program and others who will come to the ministry in need of back-to-school supplies and clothing as the new year school year approaches.Each child will receive a backpack loaded with school supplies and three outfits of clothing, socks and underwear, a picnic supper and free admission to the Cardinals game against the Elizabethton Twins.The ministry has purchased backpacks for all of the children and is spreading word of its desperate need of school supplies of all kinds to fill them.Much of the clothing for the distribution is already in hand, including many individual donations and an $8,000 shipment made possible by the Stein Mart Dignity U Wear program. New shoes for several hundred children have also been provided, compliments of the generous folks of Our Saviour Lutheran Church.In addition to school supplies, the ministry remains in great need of boys’ jeans, socks and underwear, sizes 8 and 10, and volunteers to help pack backpacks with supplies and clothing now through the week of the distribution.To cover the outstanding cost of the distribution, a $35 donation to Good Samaritan Ministries earmarked for Back to School will cover the entire cost of one fully loaded backpack and new school clothing for one child.“It’s not much to make a child’s life really bright,” Ministry Director Sarah Wells said. “When they go back to school and they look nice and their clothes are new like the other children they feel good and they look forward to going back.”Donations of school supplies and new clothing may be dropped off at the ministry at 100 N. Roan St. Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsorships and other tax-deductible monetary donations to Good Samaritan Ministries earmarked for Back to School may be made at online at www.goodsamjc.org or by mail to P.O. Box 2441, Johnson City, TN 37605.Volunteers and corporate sponsors are also needed for the picnic and anyone interested in helping is invited to call the ministry at 928-1958 for information.Logan’s Roadhouse is joining the fundraising to help Honor Flight of Northeast Tennessee send its next charter bus load of World War II veterans on a complimentary tour of the nation’s war memorials.Tuesday from 4 p.m. to closing at the steak house at 3112 Browns Mill Road, every diner who tells their server they’re there to “Raise the Steaks for Honor Flight” will be designating a percentage of their pre-tax dining check for donation to Honor Flight. All donations will be used to help cover the cost of transportation, lodging and meals for 26 local veterans lined up for a three-day Honor Flight visit to Washington in October.Others who wish to help may make donations by mail to Honor Flight of Northeast Tennessee, 1005 Opekiska Ext., Erwin, TN 37658. More information about Honor Flight, including how to secure a trip for a local war veteran, can be found online at www.honorflightnetn.com, at the Honor Flight of Northeast Facebook page or by contacting Edie Lowry at 330-6189.Churches, families and friends in the Harmony community are coming together to help the family of Jimmy Johnson, a 7-seven-old neighbor with autism and related medical issues that will require his family to make a couple of trips to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for treatment.Their “Just for Jimmy” community benefit will be held Saturday night from 5 to 8 at the home of Jimmy’s cousins, B.J. and Cathy Lewis, at 669 Harmony Road, Jonesborough.The night will include barbecue, hot dogs and all the fixings, live music by groups including Harlan County Grass and Sunny Side, and plenty of fellowships with members of no less than five Washington County churches who are working together to help the family.For those who can’t attend, donations to help Jimmy’s parents, Shawn and Kathy Lewis, with the cost of his upcoming trips to Vanderbilt and other expenses related to his treatment may be made payable to Harmony Baptist Church and earmarked for the “Jimmy Johnson Benefit,” by mail to the church at 1162 Harmony Road, Jonesborough, TN, 37659.For more information about how to help, call Steve Lewis at 753-5242.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. Follow Sue Guinn Legg on Twitter @sueleggjcpress. Like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sueleggjcpress.

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