“Each year, we take in slightly used or new donated items. We then sort, hang, organize, etc., and open it to families in need,” said Tammy Street, founder of the event.
“We take everything from clothing, coats, shoes and toys, to housewares, bedding, books ... the list goes on. We have a new section where the kids get to ‘shop’ for their mom, dad, or special someone. Our volunteers then gift wrap it, so they will have something to put under the tree. This makes them feel special.”
Street said the community can help by getting the word out to folks in need, and by donating new or slightly used items.
Thanks for Giving Day is sponsored each year by CrossCountry Mortgage and friends, and contributions and donations can be dropped off at CrossCountry Mortgage, 505 E. Center St., Kingsport, now through Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or at the Farmers Market downtown across from Food City, Dec. 10 through 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
People can also get involved by volunteering to help sort donated items.
At Thanks for Giving on Dec. 15, Santa Claus will be there, and each child will get a new toy. Coffee, cookies, and hot chocolate will also be given to people at the event. Street said if the sponsors receive enough monetary donations, they would like to give each family a turkey for Christmas dinner.
Street said the event has grown tremendously in recent years, and this year she expects to help more than 1,500 people.
“Please keep in mind that everything is donated, and everything is completely free to those that need a little extra to get them through the winter and holidays,” Street said.
Thanks For Giving Day will be held Dec. 15, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Farmers Market, 300 Clinchfield St., downtown Kingsport, across from Food City.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Street at (423) 292-6454.