Kick off the holiday season by giving

Johnson City Press • Oct 26, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Halloween is just a few days away, and Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here sooner than you think.

One good way to kick off this holiday season is by helping Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee to fill its pantry. Second Harvest provides services to more than 200 food pantries, soup kitchens, children’s homes and other nonprofit charities across the region.

The need for food assistance is the greatest around the holidays, and this year is no exception. Call Second Harvest at 279-0430, or go to netfoodbank.org today to learn how you can take action against hunger.

Local residents also can get into the holiday spirit by making a contribution to the 37th annual Johnson City Press Christmas Box drive. The Christmas Box provides food boxes complete with turkeys, hams, all the trimmings and a few extra staples to low-income families in Washington, Carter and Unicoi counties.

Salvation Army Capt. Laura Cox said 2,026 children, 1,088 households and 4,393 people were registered for help from the Angel Tree and Christmas Box during the recent two-week signup period.

Please help us in this worthy cause by mailing a tax deductible contribution today to the Johnson City Press Christmas Box of Northeast Tennessee, P.O. Box 1387, Johnson City, TN 37605, or online at jcpchristmasbox.com.

Finally, don’t forget to make a contribution to the United Way of Washington County this holiday season. A donation to United Way’s $1.8 million annual campaign is a good way to stretch your philanthropic dollar since the organization helps to support a number of worthy community agencies, including Adult Day Services, the American Red Cross and Girls Inc.

Donations to the campaign may be made by mail to to United Way of Washington County, P.O. Box 4039, Johnson City, TN 37602-4039. You can also donate online at unitedwayofwashingtoncountytn.org.

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