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Coalition for Kids in last minute need of 28 volunteers; Youth Villages searching for Holiday Heroes

Sue Guinn Legg • Updated Dec 6, 2017 at 10:47 PM

Interested in a holiday volunteer opportunity that can add a lot of meaning to your Christmas? How’s your schedule look for Tuesday evening?

Coalition for Kids’ annual Shopping for Others project has received $100 sponsorships for each of 150 of its neediest children and is searching for 28 more volunteers to match each of those children with an adult shopping assistant for a grand night out at Walmart on Browns Mill Road.

Designed to meet the children’s needs as well an opportunity for them to experience the joy of giving at Christmas, Shopping for Others allows each child to select a pair of shoes, a coat, a new outfit of clothing, one toy for themselves and one gift for someone they love.

A creative way to ensure the children get the things they truly need at Christmas as well as the blessing of giving to others, the big night out starts at 6.

Coalition Community Outreach Director Cindy Young expressed some happy amazement Wednesday that the need for $100 sponsorships for each of 150 children was met before the need for shopping assistance began.

And with only a few days remaining until the big night, Young set an absolute deadline for adult volunteers to sign up at 6 p.m. today by calling her at the coalition at 423-434-2031.

The nonprofit Youth Villages organization is also search for Holiday Heroes for a total 100 children in the Johnson City with special need at Christmas.

The Holiday Heroes project helps meet the needs of children served by Youth Villages who have experienced a life-impacting trauma or have a history of emotional health issues.

Those who wish to be a Holiday Hero for a local child or children in special need — individuals, families, businesses, church groups or entire congregations — may request the children’s Christmas wish lists to shop from or by making a sponsorship donation that will allow Youth Villages staff members to do the shopping.

Those who wish to give may select “East Tennessee” at the www.youthvillages.org/holidayheroes web page or may make donations at Youth Villages’ Johnson City office at 3915 Bristol Highway, Suite 101.

While a $100 donation will cover a child’s complete holiday wish list, Youth Villages welcomes Holiday Heroe donations any amount. The deadline to give is Dec. 15.

More information about the Youth Villages and Holiday Heroes may be obtained by calling Betsy Lambert at 423-283-6509 or by email to Elizabeth.lambert@youthvillages.org.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538 or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

Email Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncitypress.com. Follow her on Twitter @sueleggjcpress. Like her on Facebook at facebook.com/sueleggjcpress.

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