Brother's Keeper bowling for richer lives; Farm Bureau filling a Ford with food for the homeless

Sue Guinn Legg • Mar 21, 2018 at 9:42 PM

Brother’s Keeper, the faith-based, nonprofit program providing post-high school education, job training and social enrichment to adults with intellectual disabilities in the Johnson City area, is inviting everyone and their brother to go bowling.

The second annual Bowling for Brother’s Keeper Fun-Raiser will be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Holiday Lanes.

Why bowl? Because Brother’s Keeper meets an often overlooked and unrecognized need among young adults with extremely limited opportunities to learn and grow after they leave public schools, the event is as much about raising awareness as it is about raising funds for the program.

“We help them develop mentally, physically, socially and spiritually,” Brothers Keeper co-founder Cecile Huddleston said. “It is our mission to provide these adults in our community with a forum for lifelong learning and equip them to lead productive and meaningful lives.”

Bowling for Brother’s Keeper gives everyone a chance to be a part of the program and to help the program’s students develop the competence, confidence and character needed to meet their potential and achieve a more purposeful life.

Registration will be open for teams and individual bowlers through March 26. Every bowler who signs up will be challenged to raise a minimum of $100 in direct donations and/or bowler sponsorships from their families and friends. Prizes will be awarded and everyone gets a event T-shirt.

Every dollar raised will help Brother’s Keeper educate, empower and engage adults with intellectual disabilities in East Tennessee.

Event sponsors are welcome and invited to promote their company in a variety of sponsorship levels available for review at the Brother’s Keeper website at www.BrothersKeeperTN.org.

Registration forms are also available at the website and may be submitted by mail to Brother’s Keeper, P.O. Box 4101, Johnson City, TN 37602.

For more information about the event or the Brother’s Keeper program, call 423-268-4624 or email info@BrothersKeeperTN.org.

The Unicoi County Farm Bureau office is helping young Noell Farnor “Fill a Ford” with donated food items for her Little Hands Big Impact program for homeless people in the Tri-Cities area.

Donations of nutritious, easy-to-open food items for Noell and her family to share with people in the Tri-Cities who are homeless, may be dropped off at the Farm Bureau office at at 1005 Jackson Love Highway in Erwin during regular business hours Friday, March 23.

Suggested donations include snack packs of nuts, crackers, dried fruit and trail mix, granola and breakfast bars, fruit cups, pretzels, beef jerky, hard candy and other small prepackaged items.

With help from her mother, 10-year-old Noell, a fifth-grader at Temple Hill Elementary School, has been distribute the snack packs to people who are homeless at the Johnson City Farmers Market for the past several months.

Noell launched the Little Hands Big Impact distribution after witnessing homelessness for the for the first time near a restaurant in downtown Johnson City.

Her Fill a Ford drive is sponsored by the Unicoi County Farm Bureau Women. For more information on how to help, call 423-743-9136.

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 or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

Email Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncitypress.com. Follow her on Twitter @sueleggjcpress. Like her on Facebook at facebook.com/sueleggjcpress.

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