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Enjoy the parade and share holiday spirit

Staff Report • Dec 10, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Fire trucks, marching bands and Santa Claus will be featured in Johnson City’s Christmas Parade later today. The parade, which gets under way at 4 p.m., begins on West State of Franklin Road at University Parkway.

The parade will move east toward downtown, turning onto Buffalo Street before traveling through the 200 and 300 blocks of East Main Street. The parade will end at the intersection of East Main and Legion streets.

There is nothing better than a parade to get people into the spirit of the season.

Another good way to kick off the holidays is to lend a helping hand to those who are less fortunate. ’Tis the season for giving, and a number of worthy groups and programs in our community need your help.

One good way to start this holiday season is by helping the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee to fill its pantry. Second Harvest provides services to food pantries, soup kitchens, children’s homes and other nonprofit charities across the region.

The need for food assistance is the greatest around the holidays, and this year is no exception. Second Harvest is sending out pleas for donations in preparation for what is expected to be a busy holiday season for the food bank.

For more information on how to help, call 477-4053, or go to www.netfoodbank.org.

Local residents also can get into the holiday spirit by making a contribution to the Johnson City Press Christmas Box drive. The program will once again be partnering with the Salvation Army Angel Tree and Marines Toys for Tots campaigns to provide food boxes complete with hams, turkeys, all the trimmings and a few extra staples to low-income families in Washington, Carter and Unicoi counties.

The Christmas Box is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation and donations are tax deductible. For those who wish to help, donations may be mailed to Johnson City Press Christmas Box, P.O. Box 1387, Johnson City, TN 37605.

Finally, don’t forget to make a contribution to the Johnson City Area United Way this holiday season. A donation to United Way is a good way to stretch your philanthropic dollar since the organization helps to support a number of worthy community agencies, including Adult Day Services, Girls Inc. and the Salvation Army.

You can help make this holiday season special for many this year by sending a donation to the Johnson City Area United Way, 926 W. Oakland Ave., Suite 214, Johnson City, TN 37602.

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