Angel Tree gifts, Christmas Box food go out this week

Sue Guinn Legg • Updated Dec 16, 2019 at 9:07 AM

The annual Salvation Army Angel Tree and Johnson City Christmas Box distribution of gifts and food for low-income children, families and seniors will roll out this week at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray and the National Guard Armory in Elizabethton.

The Carter County distributions will be held Wednesday at the armory located off Tenn. Highway 91 at 128 Judge Don Lewis Road. The sister holiday distributions to residents of Washington and Unicoi counties will be conducted jointly Friday at the fairgrounds. 

For those who wish to help, volunteers and donations to help support both projects are still being welcomed.

Salvation Army Lt. Bethtany Yocum reported on Thursday that community groups, churches, businesses and individual shoppers had adopted and returned gifts for all but 150 of the 1,572 children registered for the Angel Tree in the three-county area. A local company that wishes to remain anonymous was preparing to shop for the remaining angels.

On Monday, Yocum and the Washington County Detention Center Community Service Crew that annually carries out the lion’s share of labor for both the Angel Tree and the Christmas Box will assemble the last of the children’s gift boxes and make a final check to ensure all 1,572 boxes are complete.

Outfits of winter clothing, shoes, coats and toys not included in any of the boxes will be then purchased by the Salvation Army to completely fill the list of needed Angel Tree gifts for each child.

Yocum said community members may still assist in the gift giving by making a cash donation for the purchase of items needed to supplement incomplete Angel Tree gift boxes. Donations earmarked for the Angel Tree may be dropped off or made by mail to the Johnson City Salvation Army, 204 W. Walnut St., Johnson City, TN 37604.

For more information about the Angel Tree distribution contact the Salvation Army at 423-926-2101.

The Johnson City Press Christmas Box distribution this year will provide holiday food to more than 1,050 households in the three-county area, including the families of each of the Angel Tree children and several hundred area seniors.

Families of three or more people will receive a ham, 10 pounds of potatoes, three pounds of onions and more than 40 canned and packaged food items, including all the makings of a holiday meal and several additional meals for a family.

Seniors who live alone and small household of one or two people will receive a $35 grocery shopping gift certificate.

For those who would like to help, a $35 donation will provide the food box or a grocery gift certificate for one household.

Donations are tax deductible and 100 percent of all Christmas Box donations are used to purchase food. Donations may be made online at jcpchristmasbox.com or by mail to P.O. Box 1387, Johnson City, TN 37605.

More information about the Christmas Box can be found at the website or at the Johnson City Press Christmas Box page on Facebook, or may be obtained by contacting Senior Reporter Sue Guinn Legg at [email protected] or 423-722-0538.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story erroneously listed the distribution dates.

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