A few days ahead of Friday’s wrapup of the Johnson City Salvation Army’s Angel Tree shopping season, Century 21 Legacy agents teamed up for a large round of shopping Tuesday morning at the Walmart store on West Market Street.
Led by Louie Leach, broker for the Century 21 Legacy office in Johnson City, about 20 agents put their hearts into filling Angel Tree packages for 100 children.
For each child, the agents rounded out new shoes and coats, an outfit of winter clothing, a couple of toys and other items wished for or needed on their Angel Tree applications.
Funds for the shopping came from the agents’ own Leaving a Legacy Fund built from a portion of the commissions on each of their home sales and a match from the Century 21 Legacy office.
Leach said the office has been making the Angel Tree shopping trip each year for the past four years, but had never before had such a large turnout of helpers.
“This is awesome,” he said as the Salvation Army delivery truck packed with their presents prepared to pull away.
The deadline to turn in gifts for a total of 1,573 children included in the Johnson City Salvation Army Angel Tree is 5 p.m. Friday. Lt. Bethany Yocum, who is coordinating the effort, said shopping tags for approximately 250 of children were still out on the trees on Tuesday and available to shoppers at The Mall at Johnson City and at the Walmart stores on West Market, Browns Mill Road and in Elizabethton.
Gift packages may be turned in at the Angel Trees or, preferably, at the Johnson City Salvation Army office at 204 W. Walnut St. Yocum asked shoppers to remember to place the Angel Tree tag for the child they shopped for inside their gift bag and tie the bag shut.
To Century 21 Legacy agents, the Carter County Car Club, which last week broke its own record shopping for 105 Angel Tree children, and other groups that “take a heavy load’ of Angel Tree children, Yocum expressed deep gratitude. “The reality is we would not be able to serve all the children who are on the Angel Tree without these groups,” she said.
“Without them, it would be very difficult for us so we are very appreciative for them helping make Christmas possible for children across the community.”
Others who wish to help or in need of more information can call the Salvation Army at 423-926-2101.