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It's never too early to help with Christmas Box

Staff Report • Oct 23, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Registration for the 33rd annual Johnson City Press Christmas Box drive is under way. It might seem to some that we are rushing things a bit with Halloween still eight days away, but past experience has taught us to ignore the calendar when it comes to beginning work on this important program.We know there are many here in Northeast Tennessee who are struggling to make ends meet. That’s why we expect more than 1,900 households to sign up for this year’s Christmas Box.The Christmas Box is a partnership with the Johnson City Salvation Army’s Angel Tree shopping adoption program for families in need of assistance with gifts of clothing and toys for their children. Registration for both projects began Monday for residents in Washington and Unicoi counties, and will continue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday at the Appalachian Fair in Gray.Carter County residents will be registered between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 28-29 at the National Guard Armory, 128 Judge Don Lewis Boulevard, Elizabethton.Those registering should bring a photo ID, identification for everyone in their household over age 12, proof of birth dates for all children age 12 and under, proof of home address, such as a utility bill, proof of income and a food stamp letter if they receive that assistance.The Christmas Box is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and all contributions are tax deductible. All monetary gifts go directly to the purchase of food.Donations may be mailed to the Johnson City Press Christmas Box of Northeast Tennessee, P.O. Box 1387, Johnson City, TN 37605. For more information about the Christmas Box and how to help, call Ron Tipton at the Johnson City Press at 929-3111, ext. 302.

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