Do Something BIG Bringing Hope Through Mentoring: Big Brothers Big Sisters
Have you ever wondered how you can do something BIG to make a difference in the life of a child in need? Sometimes just having someone to talk with can turn a path of hopelessness into one of survival. That’s one of the compelling premises behind the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Tri-Cities. Spending 2 to 4 hours a month with an at-risk youth can help them improve in school, their behavior and their self-esteem.
Our local Big Brothers Big Sisters office is part of one of the oldest and largest youth mentoring organizations in the United States. It’s a system that has been proven to work and transforms the lives of children who might not otherwise ever get the support they need to grow and successfully meet life’s challenges.
Child-volunteer matches are made based on in-depth and comprehensive interviewing with parents, children and potential volunteers. Stringent safeguards are in place to assure that all parties are safe. Volunteer and parent engagement and training also play a big role.
Anyone wanting to find out more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Tri-Cities should contact the office by calling 423-247-3240, or visiting TennesseeBig.org.3, 2016. Free. Info: www.folkheritage.org or (828)258-6101 x345.
Food for Fines & Pet Food for Fines
The Washington County Libraries are accepting donations of food for area food banks during the month of November in lieu of collecting fines for overdue materials. The Jonesborough Library will be donating their collections to the Jonesborough Area Ministerial Association’s Food Pantry (JAMA). The Gray Library is collecting for the Gray Community Chest Food Pantry.
The foods needed are assorted canned food items (fruit, vegetables, meat, etc.), dried beans, cereal, peanut butter, rice and pasta, cereals, boxed dinners. Also included are baby formula and baby food. Remember though, we cannot accept glass containers, perishable food, or out-of-date items.
Both libraries are also doing a Pet Food for Fines drive. Donations will go to Good Samaritan Ministries Pet Food Pantry. We can accept canned cat/dog food, cat litter, bagged food (small bags preferred), treats, and potty- pads. No open packages please!
For each qualified item donated, $1.00 in fines will be forgiven. Payment for lost or damaged library materials and processing fees are not included in the program.
Even if you do not have fines, please donate! There are many in our communities that depend on these services.
Good Samaritan Ministries is a local, non- profit organization that provides for the emergency needs for the homeless and low income individuals and families in eight counties. We are restocking our food pantry weekly to meet the needs of the less fortunate. Items such as canned foods, beans, mac & cheese, peanut butter, soups, flip top canned snacks, etc. are needed now. We are beginning reservations for Christmas and Thanksgiving food boxes and really need your help and support for that mission. Can you help today? Please call Good Samaritan Ministries at 928-0288, drop off at 100 N. Roan Street, Johnson City or learn more at www.goodsamjc.org. Help us feed the homeless and hungry.
Give blood with the American Red Cross before the holiday season and help save lives
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to help stock the shelves before the busy holiday season.
Many regular donors delay giving between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day because of holiday activities. This often causes a drop in donated blood available for patients. Therefore, more donations are needed in the weeks leading up to the holidays to help ensure the blood supply is sufficient through the winter months.
For blood donor Katie Osorio, giving a little bit of time is worth it because she’s giving someone a chance at life. “Someone’s mother, brother, sister, father or the love of someone’s life has been given back to their loved ones all because I gave something that I could. It takes so little from me and gives a world back to another.”
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to save time when donating.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Elizabethton: 11/14/2016: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Oak Street Baptist Church, 804 Oak St.
Mountain City: 11/8/2016: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Johnson County EMS Rescue, 203 Vandilla St.
Erwin: 11/11/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., First Christian Church, 307 S. Main Ave.
Johnson City: 11/8/2016: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., East Tennessee State – Culp Center, Culp Center, ETSU
11/9/2016: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., East Tennessee State – Culp Center, Culp Center, ETSU
Senior Services to offer Friday Night Dances
Citizens are invited to put on their dancing shoes and join Senior Services the first and third Friday of each month to dance the night away. Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will host Friday Night Dances from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person; Silver Sneakers® discount is available for eligible members. (Pricing may vary for special events.) Schedule is as follows:
• Friday, Nov. 18: Eddie Skelton Band
• Friday, Dec. 16: Jerry Pierce Band
• Friday, Dec. 16: Christmas Dance with Kids Our Age
Please register in person at the MPCC Senior Services desk. For more information, call (423)434-6237.
BLOOD PRESSURE READINGS
Free blood pressure readings daily, Mon-Fri a by an RN, 8-11 am. Memorial Park Community Center, Johnson City.