The congregation at Unaka Avenue Baptist Church is seeking help for a church member in need.
Fifty-six-year-old Kim Miller, a military veteran and U.S. Postal Service employee, is battling pulmonary fibrosis and is in need of a double lung transplant to save his life. In May, Miller became a transplant candidate on the waiting list at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Miller, his family and the church have begun the tough work of raising money to pay the costs of the procedure that will not be covered by insurance and to help with travel expenses and lodging during the three months he must stay in Nashville for follow-up care after the transplant.
His friends at church noted “an illness like this can not only devastate a family emotionally and financially but in every aspect of their life. They not only need our monetary help, but they need our prayers and support as they embark on this scary and difficult venture.”
The church requests that anyone who wishes to help make donations at any Bank of Tennessee location earmarked for “Unaka Avenue Baptist Church (UABC) Kim Miller lung transplant fund.” Donations earmarked for the fund may also be made by mail to Bank of Tennessee, P.O. Box 4980, Johnson City, TN 37602-4980.
The church also is selling “Funtastic Peel-off Coupon Booklets” for Washington County restaurants and businesses to help Miller and his family. The booklets may be ordered and more information about Miller’s need may be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the church at 926-5951.
Good Samaritan Ministries has set off on a new fundraising initiative to help make up for the lingering decline in charitable donations that began with onset of the economic crisis nearly three years ago and the growth in the local need for help with food, utilities and housing that came with the crisis.
In June, the ministry launched a new monthly concert series held on the second Saturday of each month at the downtown “amphitheater” adjacent to the Johnson City Public Library. This Saturday, Good Samaritan will expand the benefit into an all-day affair, beginning with a morning “Go for the Good” 5K run and family fun walk.
On-site registration for the benefit will open at 7:30 a.m. The race and fun walk will start at 8:30 at the Good Samaritan building at 100 N. Roan St. The course is USATF certified and times will be managed by the State of Franklin Track Club.
The morning run/walk will be followed by an afternoon flea market and block party at the amphitheater and an evening concert and cookout featuring country and bluegrass artist Trey Hensley. Homemade concessions will be available for purchase throughout the day. Admission to the concert will be a suggested $2 donation.
Good Samaritan also is in the midst of its summer food ministry for area families who struggle to feed their children. The Summer Food program includes three monthly distributions of enough food items, paper products and cleaning supplies to provide for a family of four for about two weeks. About 600 children and their families are included in the monthly distribution, each of them referred to the ministry by area schools, churches or other local service agencies.
The program also includes a back-to-school distribution through which Good Samaritan attempts to provide each child with a new outfit of clothing, a new pair of shoes and backpack loaded with basic school supplies. This year’s back to school party is scheduled for July 29.
Donations of food, clothing and school supplies are needed to help meet the need and may be dropped off Monday through Friday at the Good Samaritan building downtown. Volunteers who wish to help with the food distributions or back-to-school party are needed and may call 928-1958 for information.
Sponsorships for the Summer Food program and school distribution are each $35 per family or child.
Sponsorships or other monetary contributions for both projects be made online at www.goodsamjc.org or by mail to Good Samaritan Ministries, P.O. Box 2441, Johnson City, TN 37605.
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 email@example.com, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605 1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335.