We would like to say “thank you” to every one who has helped to make this year’s Christmas Box program a success. We can’t say enough about the volunteers who have helped to sort and deliver Christmas Boxes. Your dedication is a reflection of the true meaning of this season.
And words alone can’t convey the deep appreciation we have for all the kind people who sent us a donation this year. Every penny counts in these tough times, and we could use a few more.
As Press staff writer Sue Guinn Legg reported in Tuesday’s paper, contributions to the Christmas Box are not coming in at the level they were last year.
“Our contributions have been lagging this year,” said Art Powers, publisher of the Johnson City Press and president of the Christmas Box board of directors. “Right now we are about $20,000 behind. We need the help of the community.”
More than 1,700 area families will receive food for the holidays from the Johnson City Christmas Box program and 2,719 children in Washington, Carter and Unicoi counties up to age 12 will receive toys from the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree project.
A $35 donation combined with the help of Second Harvest Food Bank and contributions from Moody Dunbar food processors can buy enough food to cover a Christmas meal for an entire family. The box contains enough for several additional meals.
It’s not too late to make a tax-exempt contribution to the Christmas Box this year. Donations may be sent to the Johnson City Press Christmas Box of Northeast Tennessee, P.O. Box 1387, Johnson City, TN 37605. The newspaper covers all administrative costs of the project so 100 percent of all monetary gifts go to the purchase of food.
For more information on the Angel Tree project, call the Salvation Army at 926-2101.
For more information about the Christmas Box, call the Johnson City Press at 929-3111.