The Boys and Girls Club of Johnson City-Washington County is getting ready for a “Big Community Sale” coming up March 31 and is asking the community to join them in a large round of spring cleaning to help fund a passel of small work projects at the club’s building.
New or gently used items, including clothing and hangers, household furnishings, furniture, appliances, toys, books and other goods may be dropped off at the club at 2210 W. Market St. between 10 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday through the day of the sale. Those who wish to schedule a drop-off time may call the club at 461-4560 for assistance.
The club has been cleaning out its own storage areas for months and with the community’s help expects to have both of its gymnasiums loaded with items available for purchase from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. on March 31.
Tri-Cities area movie theaters will kick off a six-week Hunger Games food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank with tonight’s premiere showing of the much-anticipated movie by the same name. Donations of non-perishable food items for the food bank will be accepted through May 1 at Carmike Theaters in Johnson City, Marquee Cinemas in Kingsport and Tri-Cities 7 in Blountville.
Donations will help more than 36,000 people in Northeast Tennessee who are receiving food from agencies assisted by Second Harvest every month.
Because of the interest in the issue of hunger that the “Hunger Games” is generating, the film’s cast and producers have teamed up with the United Nations World Food Program and with the Feeding America network of Second Harvest food banks across the country to raise awareness that hunger is “the world’s greatest solvable problem,” affecting nearly a billion individuals worldwide and nearly 49 million people in the United States.
Locally, Second Harvest Executive Director Rhonda Chafin said while the need for food assistance in the region has increased 25 percent since last year, the food bank is on track to distribute about 1 million pounds less than in 2011 if local food donations do not increase.
To learn more about local hunger, participate in a virtual food drive or make a monetary donation to food bank, visit www.netfoodbank.org.
Good Samaritan Ministries’ Heaven Sent Family Outlet also is getting ready for spring and spent most of the day Tuesday setting up new displays and switching out its clothing for the upcoming season.
Located on the King Street side of the ministry at 100 N. Roan St., the thrift store plays a major role in Good Samaritan’s ability to help local residents in emergency need of assistance with rent, utilities, food, clothing and other essentials of daily living. Ministry supporters are urging everyone to come take a look at the store’s new spring setup and to add their donations to its wares.
The first weekend of spring will bring several opportunities to help local children with medical needs.
A benefit concert for Aaliyah “Jellybean” Outterbridge, a 2-year-old Johnson City girl who will travel to Vanderbilt University Medical Center next month to begin treatment for multiple benign tumors in her brain, will be held Friday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Encore lounge and grill at 1121 N. Roan St. Performers will include Aaliyah’s uncle, Adam McMillian, Adam’s band Damage Done and Five Cent Killers. Admission is $5.
Donations to help Aaliyah’s family with medical and travel expenses will be collected at the concert or may be earmarked for “Aaliyah’s Medical Expense” and made by mail to the Church of Jesus, 809 W. Main St., Johnson City, TN 37604.
The Bloomingdale Ruritan club will host a barbecue diner to help raise funds for the family of 9-year-old cancer patient Trinity Berry on Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. at Brookside Elementary School. Barbecue sandwiches, cole slaw, baked beans, drinks and dessert will be available for a $6 donation. Carry-outs will be available.
In the Telford community on Saturday, Mountain View Restaurant, 3241 U.S. Highway 11E, will be serving breakfast and lunch to help the family of 5-year old Weston Keeton as he awaits a heart and lung transplant at the Children’s Hospital in Philladelphia.
Breakfast will include bacon, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns and drinks, all for a $7 donation. Lunch will include spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert and drinks for $8.
If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at firstname.lastname@example.org, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605 1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335.