Make giving a priority this Christmas

Published 10:55 am Wednesday, November 22, 2023

The Elizabethton and Carter County community is filled with opportunities to give to those in need during the holiday. There are numerous organizations in the community which collect both monetary donations, food and clothing gifts to distribute to those in need. However, one of the simplest – and most effective – ways to give is through the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, which is already underway, bringing with it the sounds of ringing bells and joyful hearts.
Giving is simple: when you see a kettle ringer, just reach into your pocket and drop a dollar or two, some change.
The total will add up over the next month and allow the Salvation Army’s local chapter, which is in Johnson City, to truly make a difference.
The Salvation Army provides Thanksgiving and Christmas meals as well as meals all during the year to the homeless and those in need. It also provides a place for the homeless to come in out of the cold on winter nights as well as donating clothing to those in need. The Salvation Army is there every day of the year for those in need.
As important as money is to the Red Kettle campaign, another important aspect of the campaign is volunteers. The Salvation Army is always in need of volunteers during the holidays.
That’s what it’s really all about during the holidays.
Also, the Salvation Army has an Angel Tree program, which will provide presents for children to open on Christmas Day. The Angel Tree program is a beautiful opportunity to make a child’s dream come true.
Every donation to the Salvation Army this Christmas brings warmth, gifts, and a shelter.
Also, there are various other opportunities to give this Christmas through organizations such as Hale Community Ministry, ARM, Food for the Multitude, and various church ministries, which are in the business of feeding and clothing those in need all year long.
We encourage you to consider helping those in need, and a good place to start is a generous donation to a local worthy organization, such as those mentioned.
Eric Sevareid, a well-known newscaster, was known for saying “Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.”
The greatness of the Christmas season is the generosity it stirs in all of us. It’s an excellent time of the year to volunteer, give, help, and do good things for others.
We all understand that it is better to give than to receive. Give as you can to help those in need.

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