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Angel Tree shopping rushing to a close; Shopping for Others deadline extended

Sue Guinn Legg • Dec 5, 2018 at 7:46 PM

The Angel Tree shopping season is wrapping up for nearly 1,500 children in need in Washington, Carter and Unicoi counties.

Gifts for children adopted from the Angel Trees in Johnson City and Elizabethton are due back at the trees by 6 p.m. Friday.

At the end of the day on Wednesday, all but a few of the 1,494 children included in the Johnson City Salvation Army Angel Tree outreach had been adopted by area shoppers. Gifts for about 600 children had been returned to the trees and were being packed for distribution to the children’s families on Friday, Dec. 14, and Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Salvation Army Capt. Laura Cox encouraged all the Angel Tree shoppers to get their gifts in as soon as possible.

For those who cannot afford to adopt an Angel but wish to help, Cox said any donations of new winter clothing, coats, shoes or toys will help the Salvation Army provide gift packages for any forgotten Angel Tree children.

The extra gifts may be dropped off at the Salvation Army office at 204 W. Walnut St. in Johnson City or at any the Angel Tree location.

Those who wish to volunteer in the Dec. 18 distribution at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray may call Kylee Kilbourne at the Salvation Army office at 423-926-2101 for more information.

Coalition for Kids has extended its deadline for sponsors and volunteers to take part in this year’s Shopping for Others excursion for 129 of Johnson City’s neediest schoolchildren.

On Tuesday, about 25 percent, or approximately 32 of the 129 children who will be included in Tuesday night’s Shopping for Others excursion were still without financial sponsors.

The sponsorship gifts and Shopping for Others volunteers make it possible for each child to receive a $100 shopping voucher and an adult shopping coach to help them select a new outfit of winter clothing, new shoes and one toy for themselves and one gift to give to someone they love.

Cindy Young, community outreach director for the coalition, said the project helps meet the needs of low-income children who are not included in any other holiday gift giving outreach and also provides them with an opportunity to experience the joy of giving to others at Christmas.

This year’s Shopping for Others outing will take place rom 5:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Super Walmart on Browns Mill Road.

Those who would like to help may make donations of any amount online at coalitionforkids.org or at the Coalition for Kids office at 2423 Susannah St.

Volunteers who would like to help the children shop may download applications at coalitionforkids.org and return them to Young as soon as possible at the Coalition for Kids office, by email to [email protected] or by fax to 423-434-9998.

More information about the project may be obtained by contacting Young at 423-434-2031 ext. 806.

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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