October is a busy time of the year. And although the calendar says fall, it is a month when we begin planning for the next season.
That’s particularly true for the Johnson City Press Christmas Box. Well before the first handful of candy is distributed on Halloween night, work will have already begun for the 31st annual Christmas Box drive.
Actually, the sign-up for the Christmas Box and Angel Tree began this week for low-income residents in Washington and Unicoi counties. Carter County families and seniors can register at Oak Street Baptist Church, 804 Oak St., Elizabethton. from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday; from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday; and from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 1.
As Press staff writer Sue Legg Guinn reported last week, the cost of this year’s Christmas Box distribution is estimated to be $53,000. Letters to past contributors of the project were mailed out this week, and we are asking those who have supported the Christmas Box in the past to continue their generosity.
We are also asking for help from those of you who have never given to the Christmas Box. This is a good year to begin a new tradition of giving.
Donations may be mailed to the Johnson City Press Christmas Box of Northeast Tennessee, P.O. Box 1387, Johnson City, TN 37605.
We have a daunting task before us this year, one that we must undertake without the help of our good friend and Press coworker, John Castle, who died in March. For many years Castle was not only the face, but the heart and soul of the Christmas Box program. He did what was needed to be done. If it was filling a food box — he filled it. If it was delivering a box — he delivered it.
With John’s help, and with the help of so many others like him, we were able to serve a record 1,900 area families last Christmas. The need this year is just as great, and we can use all the volunteers we can get to help assemble and distribute food boxes.
For more information about the Christmas Box and how to help, call Ron Tipton at the Press at 929-3111, ext. 302.