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Select Seven turkey giveaway set for Dec. 19; Seasons of Hope filling Secret Santa family wishes

Sue Guinn Legg • Dec 11, 2019 at 11:55 PM

Select Seven Credit Union is spreading the news of its 5th Annual Community Turkey Giveaway for people in need.

Set for Thursday, Dec. 19, 200 frozen turkeys will be handed out at the Select Seven office at 333 E. Main St. office in downtown Johnson City.

One turkey will be given per family while quantities last. The turkeys will be available not just to Select Seven members but to anyone who lives, works or attends church or school in the company’s seven-county service area of Washington, Carter, Sullivan, Hawkins and Unicoi counties in Tennessee, and Scott and Washington counties in Virginia.

Select Seven President and CEO Kevin Jones said, knowing how much everyone loves football the company decided to calculate how many turkeys it would take to line a football field.

“We estimate each turkey is between 16 and 18 inches long, so that’s about 200 turkeys from goal line to goal line. That’s how many we’re going to give away.” The company estimates the turkeys will provided over 3,300 meals.

Jones said, “We realize this time of year can be tough financially for many families and we’re excited to give families a free turkey to help with their holiday dinner. We hope the turkeys will go to families that are in need. We believe in the credit union philosophy of ‘people helping people.’”

Established in 1949, Select Seven Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative with four local area branches and more than $60 million in assets. For more information visit www.selectsevencu.org or call 423-282-0671.

Seasons of Hope is looking for help filling Christmas wishes for its Secret Santa families.

In an open letter to Seasons of Hope friends and supporters on Monday, Executive Director Katy Keen explained what sets the Secret Santa project apart from many other Christmas programs.

Over the past nine years, she said, the Secret Santa project has evolved to fill needs that are not being met by other holiday programs for teens, grandparents raising grandkids and working families that do not qualify for other holiday assistance.

“We help those who are working and just don’t have enough for Christmas but keep the bills paid; the disabled who can’t work and those who are trying to better their lives,” Keen said. “We try to help those not getting help elsewhere,” cross referencing their applications with schools, the Salvation Army, Charity Check and others.

And for the first time this year, she said, Seasons of Hope has asked an adult member of each of its Secret Santa families to invest two hours of volunteer time giving back to the community that has helped them.

Each family receives a Christmas dinner, a blessing bag for the family, gifts and clothing for their children and teens and a family wish that this year range from new tires to new pots and pans. “We want to make the entire family a happier holiday,” Keen wrote.

On Monday, approximately half the Secret Santa families had been sponsored and Keen said any donation and every volunteer hour will help. “You don’t have to sponsor an entire family, pick a kid or teen or a family wish to sponsor. Every little bit helps us out.”

Secret Santa family wishes still outstanding on Monday included an oil change, new tires, new pots and pans, a set of silverware, pillows, queen-size sheets, towels, a date night, haircuts and a family night at the movies.

Donations to the project can be made by texting SeasonsOfHope to 44-321; by mail to Seasons of Hope, P.O. Box 5633, Johnson City, TN 37602; or via PayPal at seasonsofhopetn.org. To learn more about the project contact Katy Keen at 423-724-7398 or [email protected]

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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