360 Project to combat homelessness and poverty; Drive on for Project Thanksgiving food boxes

Sue Guinn Legg • Updated Oct 11, 2017 at 9:08 PM

Good Samaritan Ministries is reaching out to community members to complete the circle of support needed to combat homelessness and poverty in Northeast Tennessee.

The ministry will share the details of its 360 Project at a fundraising dinner to begin at 6 tonight at Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church.

In addition to the dinner, the benefit will include live entertainment by The Stemwinder Band, The Bluegrass Band and Tri-Cities Theater Bristol. Chris McIntosh and Anna Zook will serve as the dinner’s masters of ceremony. And Good Samaritan Ministries Executive Director Aaron Murphy will present a message titled “Good Samaritan Ministries 360, I Am a Link.”

In a nutshell, Murphy said the 360 Project is a “complete the circle” initiative to combat poverty and change lives in Northeast Tennessee. “When you partner with Good Sam, lives are changed, mouths are fed and poverty gets a smack in the face,” he said.

The project’s circular logo includes the ministry logo to connect the project with Good Samaritan, human hands representing those who will grab onto the ministry’s mission, connect to the needs of our neighbors and join together to complete the task at hand.

“There are 360 degrees in a circle. The circles represent unity, wholeness, continuous effort and humanity,” Murphy said. “Project partners are needed to complete the circle and the missing link is you.”

Tickets to tonight’s dinner are $50 per person and still available at the ministry at 100 N. Roan St. and at the door tonight at the church. All proceeds will go to Good Samaritan’s services to assist people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in five area counties.

For those who cannot attend, Murphy said there are four ways community members can help Good Samaritan complete its 360 Project circle: “Pray for us daily. Advocate (or) tell someone about Good Samaritan Ministries. Volunteer your free time. And give $1 or more a day to help change lives and smack poverty in the face.”

Donations to Good Samaritan’s 360 Project can be made online a www.goodsamjc.org or by mail to P.O. Box 2441, Johnson City, TN 37605.

WCQR radio’s 10th annual Project Thanksgiving drive to help Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee distribute turkeys and holiday food boxes to thousands of area families in need is underway.

The drive for $25 sponsorship donations to provide all the makings the Thanksgiving meal to a local family in need kicked off last week and will run through Nov. 9.

Last year the project included more than 6,200 households in eight counties of Northeast Tennessee and this year’s goal is to meet or exceed that number.

Over the next four weeks, the food bank and WCQR will be requesting donations earmarked for “Project Thanksgiving” be made online at www.netfoodbank.org, by calling the food bank 423-279-0430, or by mail to Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, 1020 Jericho Drive, Kingsport, TN 37663.

People in need of a Thanksgiving box should contact their local food pantry or call Second Harvest at 423-279-0430 for a referral. A list of pantries to distribute the Project Thanksgiving food boxes will also be posted on the food bank’s website at www.netfoodbank.org.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538 or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

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