Coalition for Kids is in need of sponsors to help up to 150 of its neediest children take part in its annual “Shopping for Others” Christmas shopping excursion planned for Dec. 2 at both Johnson City Walmart stores.
Amanda Beattie, director of programing for the citywide nonprofit after-school program for at-risk children, said while up to 150 Johnson City schoolchildren are in need of the project’s assistance this Christmas season, the coalition currently has sponsorships for only 40 children.
The project provides each child with $100 and one to two adult volunteers to help them select an outfit of clothing, a winter coat if they do not have one, one toy for them and one gift for another member of their family.
For children whose families cannot afford to buy Christmas gifts, Beattie said the project helps meet some of the child’s needs at Christmas while teaching them to shop wisely with the money they have and allowing them to experience the joy of giving to others at Christmas.
Shopping for others, Beattie said, is “something these kids rarely get to do because the do not have money” and it’s often what they enjoy most about the excursion.
“Walmart has been wonderful to host this for our kids every year and their employees really go all out to make it special for them. We just really need sponsors.”
For anyone who wishes to help, donations to Coalition for Kids earmarked for Shopping for Others may be made by mail to P.O. Box 3156, Johnson City, TN 37601, or online at www.coalitionforkids.org.
More information about the project may be obtained by emailing Ian Crowe at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the coalition at 434-2031.