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Sound off: Help others, count your blessings this Thanksgiving

November 21st, 2011 4:22 pm by Staff Report

With only a few more days left until Thanksgiving, it’s important to remember some of the groups who feed the needy are themselves in need of a helping hand this holiday season.
Soup kitchens, food banks and local charities are seeing more struggling families turning to them for help. This has placed an added burden on food programs that are working hard to keep up with demand. That includes the more than 200 emergency pantries and programs across Northeast Tennessee that feed families in our community. All of these agencies rely on Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee to help meet that need.
Second Harvest distributes surplus food and grocery products to the Salvation Army, Good Samaritan and other charities that feed the hungry in Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties. Second Harvest pantries and food kitchens assist East Tennesseans who struggle daily to get enough to eat.
Requests for food assistance in the Upstate have increased dramatically in the past few years. You can help fill the shelves of local food pantries by donating to Second Harvest.
The food bank is currently engaged in its Thanksgiving fundraising campaign. You can help by sending a contribution to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, P.O. Box 3327, Johnson City, TN 37602-3327.
Some of us who don’t worry about going to bed hungry often take for granted the blessings we enjoy each day. Yes, it’s easy to forget to count these blessings in times of personal turmoil, but it is just as easy to overlook them when things are going our way.
Maybe we should do as the old hymn suggests — name our blessings one by one. We make lists of items to pick up at the grocery store, of errands to run and even Christmas presents to buy. Why shouldn’t we make a list of the things we are thankful for?
We want to hear what you are thankful for this year. You can “Sound off” on this topic by telling us what you are thankful for this holiday season.
Send your comments to Mailbag, P.O. Box 1717 Johnson City, TN 37605-1717, or Please include your name, telephone number and address for verification.
We will print your responses on the Opinion pages in the coming weeks.

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