Christmas Box, Angel Tree Helps A Struggling Single Father With Christmas | News

Thanks to the Johnson City Press Christmas Box and Salvation Army Angel Tree programs, a local father no longer has to decide between paying the rent and making Christmas magical for his young children.

The single dad of three – all under the age of 4 – works two jobs to make sure his kids have a roof over their heads and food in their wombs, but after paying all of his bills, what he had left of sufficient income to buy Christmas presents or food for a festive meal was simply not possible.

“He works hard and takes care of all of those basic needs, and the kids have what they need, but he just didn’t have the extra income it would take to buy Christmas for three kids,” said the Captain Bethany Yocum with the Salvation Army.

In fact, Yocum said members of the organization sat down with the father to help him look at his finances and found that after paying child care expenses, car insurance, rent and similar necessary expenses, he had less than $ 80 left at the end of each month.

Yocum said the father was thrilled to hear he could enroll in The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, which would allow him to provide Christmas presents to his children through community donations. He was also excited to hear that, thanks to Johnson City Press’s Christmas Box Program, he would also receive a Christmas box full of food that he could use to cook a traditional Christmas dinner for his children.

“For him, it was a great blessing and a great relief to know that he won’t have to decide, ‘Am I going to buy Christmas presents or am I going to pay for my car insurance?'” Said Yocum. “Am I going to do the grocery shopping for a Christmas dinner or am I going to buy my child that toy that she really wants?” “”

The Christmas Box program is funded by community donations. Donations to the Christmas Box program are tax deductible and 100% of donations go towards filling the boxes.

Donations can be made online at or can be mailed to:

Johnson City Press – Christmas Box, PO Box 3434, Johnson City, TN 37604.

Make all checks payable to Johnson City Press Christmas Box of Northeast TN Inc.


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