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Honor Flight dishing up a hearty pre-parade breakfast; Salvation Army bells ringing for local folks in need

Sue Guinn Legg • Nov 28, 2018 at 9:43 PM

Twice a year, Honor Flight of Northeast Tennessee treats about 40 local veterans to a VIP tour of national war memorials in Washington, D.C.

To help give more veterans a chance to make the trip, Central Church of Christ on East Oakland Avenue is inviting the community to stop in for a hearty benefit breakfast Saturday morning before the Johnson City’s annual Christmas Parade.

Pancakes, tenderloin, bacon, sausage, eggs, hash brown casserole, biscuits and gravy, fruit, juice, coffee, tea and milk will be served from 8 a.m. to noon at the church at 2722 E. Oakland, all for a donation to show the men and women who have served our country how much they are appreciated.

Honor Flight NET founder Edie Lowry said the big benefit breakfasts at the church are Honor Flight’s largest fundraisers. The hash brown casserole has become renown among most everyone who’s attended. And veterans who have made the trip, and those signed up to go, are often there to share a few stories of their service.

It’s a good breakfast, a grand opportunity to honor to Northeast Tennessee veterans and this Saturday it will be a great way to fortify yourself and your family before heading downtown for the parade.

Honor Flight’s biannual trips to Washington, with escorts, meals, overnight accommodations and VIP treatment all along the way, are completely free to any veteran who would like to see the national monuments built in honor of their service overseas and also here at home.

Veteran sponsorships are $400 and cover all costs for one veteran. If there is a veteran in your life you would like to honor, a sponsored seat on the Honor Flight tour bus makes a fantastic Christmas gift.

More information about the local Honor Flight organization can be found online at honorflightnetn.org  and on the Honor Flight of Northeast Tennessee page on Facebook, or may be obtained by contacting Lowry at 423-330-6189 or [email protected]

Tis the season to be out shopping and there to greet us all will be the familiar ringing of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle bells.

More than a friendly welcome, the sound of the bells is a reminder of the year-round delivery of Salvation Army services, including more than 150,000 hot meals served each year to people in the Tri-Cities area who are without and more than 30,000 warm nights of shelter for those who are out in the cold.

Donations collected in the Red Kettle Campaign each Christmas are by far the largest source of funding for those services. And volunteers who ring the bells help the Salvation Army defer the cost of wages that would otherwise go into the effort.

For those looking to experience the true giving spirit of the season, volunteer bell-ringing slots are available through Christmas Eve at shoppings centers across the Tri-Cities and can be arranged by calling the Salvation Army at 423-926-2101 in Johnson City, 423-246-6671 in Kingsport and 423-764-6156 in Bristol.

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, [email protected] or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

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