More Love Art on the Walls for One Acre Cafe; Seasons of Hope registering teens for Secret Santa

Sue Guinn Legg • Updated Oct 10, 2019 at 9:55 PM

Local artist Chasidy Hathorn has teamed up with One Acre Café to help the nonprofit diner, where everyone eats regardless of their ability to pay, fill more bellies and more hearts.

Through the end of October, paintings form Hathorn’s More Love collection — a one-artist nonprofit movement that’s all about sharing the love — will be on display and also on sale at the cafe at 603 W. Walnut St.

Hathorn says her More Love paintings began with one little heart she designed for friend to carry along with her as a pretty reminder to never give up even when life gets hard. She later encouraged that friend to pass the tiny heart painting to the next person who needed a lift and to encourage that person to pass it on as well as a way to keep spreading the love.

Since then, Hathorn’s original 2-inch More Love painting have inspired canvas as large as 9 feet by 12 feet and all sizes in between that she donates to nonprofit organizations that strive to make their communities a better place for everyone

“When I had the opportunity to bring the More Love paintings to One Acre Café, I knew it was a perfect fit because we both share a love for nourishing people, friends and our local community, just in different ways. It’s all about spreading more love,” she said.

The centerpiece of this month’s “Art On the Walls” at One Acre Cafe, a selection of Hathorn’s More Love paintings will be on display and up for sale at the nonprofit cafe through October, along with Hathorn’s signature More Love micro-paintings for customers interested in joining the movement. Prices range from $35 to $800 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to One Acre Cafe’s mission to “nourish the body, replenish the spirit and grow the community so that all might be fed.”

Hathorn said, “It feeds my soul to know that my paintings will not only help someone who just needs a little lift, but with this month’s Art On the Walls, the More Love paintings can help One Acre Café continue to feed people regardless of their means.” For those who wish to be a part of the More Love movement, she recommends, “Go have some lunch and buy a painting or two.”

Seasons of Hope, the local nonprofit organization that focusses on the needs of low-income teens and working families  who do not fit the eligibility requirements of other seasonal assistance programs, is gearing up for its largest outreach of the year.

Applications for Seasons of Hope’s Secret Santa Project will be accepted starting at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct, 13, and 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at ​the Summit Leadership offices at 3104 Hanover Road in Johnson City.

The program provides Christmas gifts and food with a concentration on “the working poor, grandparents raising grandkids, and teenagers.”

Executive Director Katy Keen said, “We will only be taking a limited amount of families this year, and we do check with area agencies and your kids’ school (to see) if they are getting help for Christmas already.” Families with younger children registered for gifts from the Salvation Army Angel Tree are invited to register their teens for Secret Santa, she said.

The program is open to residents of Sullivan, Washington, Carter, Unicoi and Hawkins counties. Applicants should bring a photo ID, Social Security cards for their entire family, DHS letters or proof of income, custody papers and children's clothing sizes and wishes. Applicants should also be prepared to write a letter to Santa explaining why they need help this year.

More information about Seasons of Hope, its core programs and how to help can be found at seasonsofhopetn.com and on the Seasons of Hope Tennessee page on Facebook, or may be obtained by calling 423-724-7398.

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.