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Sale gives chance to help Haiti

July 1st, 2011 9:06 am by Sue Guinn Legg

The 600 members of Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ in Elizabethton have cleared out their closets, yard buildings and garages and assembled a huge collection of donations to be sold in three-day yard sale to help earthquake victims in Haiti.
The sale will be held today, Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 each morning at the church pavilion located at 478 Okolona Road in Johnson City. Fresh baked goods and concessions, including homemade cakes, ice slushies, chilli and cheese nachos, hot dogs and more, will be available throughout the sale.
All proceeds will go the church’s outreach to the community of Leorgane, Haiti, a town located about 30 miles south of the capital of Port-au-Prince and home of the Operation Love the Children of Haiti orphanage that serves more than 100 children, including many who lost their homes and parents in catastrophic 2010 earthquake that left much of region in ruins.
“Our minister (the Rev. Darryl Ward) went to Haiti to minister to the people and the devastation he saw was so great he came back reported what he had seen to our whole church. And our whole church said, ‘we’re going to do something,’ ” volunteer Joy Chontos said. Contacted Wednesday afternoon at the pavilion, Chontos said, “The pavilion is full. You name it, we’ve got it.”
For those who can’t make the sale, more information about the church’s outreach to Haiti can be obtained by calling the church library at 543-6811 Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
More information about the sale can be obtained by calling 865-604-4076. And more information about Operation Love the Children of Haiti is available online at

Tickets are on sale for The Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center’s annual Polynesian Beach Party coming up Aug. 6 at on the grounds of The Crumley House in Limestone
This year’s evening of fun, laughter and fundraising for The Crumley House’s residential and outpatient rehabilitation programs will feature food by James J. Allen, executive chef of Blackthorne Grille at The Ridges Country Club, dancing in the moonlight to the sounds of The Spirit of Soul Dance Band, and a live auction with witty and well-known auctioneer Jim Woods.
The party will begin at 6 p.m. at The Crumley House at 300 Urbana Road, Limestone. Tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased from any Crumley House board member, online at or by calling 257-3644, ext. 7, or 483-8764.

McAlister’s Deli is in search of Tea Town USA, an online competition that could win a $7,500 donation for the American Cancer Society should Johnson City come up as the winner.
Located at 2111 N. Roan St., Suite 15, McAlister’s is using its website, its sizable “Tea Freaks” Facebook fan base and in-restaurant promotions to allow its guests to vote and to add extra points to Johnson City’s bid for the Tea Town title.
Participants may claim two extra points per day for Johnson City by checking in at the restaurant through a Smartphone or by uploading a snapshot to the deli’s weekly photo challenge.
At the end of the competition, McAlister’s will donate cash prizes of up to $7,500 to nonprofit organizations chosen by the top 10 point-winning towns.
In conjunction with the competition, McAliser’s has declared July 28 “Free Tea Day” at the deli and will be serving free 32-ounce glasses of McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea with no purchase necessary.
More information about the competition is available online at

Haggle Shop Antiques in downtown Kingsport will celebrate its 47th year of doing business Saturday by hosting an all-day Treasure Sale for Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center, the nonprofit riding facility for children and adults with physical, mental and emotional challenges.
The shop is located at 147 Broad St. at the corner Broad and Market streets. Treasure Sale hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds form the sale of the Haggle Shop’s new and gently used furniture, clothing, toys, household furnishing and more will go to Small Miracles.
For more information about the sale, call the shop at 230-1090. For more information about Small Miracles, visit or call Mary Smith at 384-0894 or e-mail

If there is a need or a charitable project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, large or small, contact Sue Guinn Legg at, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605 1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335.

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