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Angel Tree children need unsung heroes

Johnson City Press • Dec 1, 2017 at 12:00 AM

There are many unsung heroes among us who give their money and talents to help those in need. Some deliver hot meals to the homebound or provide transportation to seniors who need to get to a doctor’s appointment.

Unsung heroes are also blood donors, foster care parents and volunteers at the local animal shelter. These unsung heroes were the first to give when hurricanes struck Texas and Puerto Rico earlier this year.

You, too, can become an unsung hero today by helping the Johnson City Salvation Army bring Christmas joy to more than 400 of the 2,052 Angel Tree children who are still without gifts. As Press staff writer Sue Guinn Legg noted in her Good Neighbor column earlier this week, paper ornaments with the first name, age and Christmas needs and wishes of each child are available at Angel Trees located at The Mall at Johnson City, Walmart stores in Johnson City and Elizabethton and Barberitos Southwestern Grille.

Gifts for the children are due back at tree by Friday, Dec. 8, and scheduled for distribution in Carter County on Dec. 13 and in Washington and Unicoi counties on Dec.15.

Meanwhile, the Youth Villages organization is on a quest to find “Holiday Heroes” for more than 100 children in the Johnson City area who are also in need of help this Christmas season.

The Holiday Heroes program helps meet the needs of children served by nonprofit Youth Villages, who have experienced trauma or have a history of emotional or behavioral health issues. To become a Holiday Hero, go online “East Tennessee” at www.youthvillages.org/holidayheroes or visit the Youth Villages Johnson City office at 3915 Bristol Highway, Suite 101.

More information about the Youth Villages and Holiday Heroes may be obtained by calling Betsy Lambert at 283-6509 or by email to Elizabeth.lambert@youthvillages.org.

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