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TUESDAY, February 14, 2017  Issue No. 19

COMMUNITY TELEVISION . . . Goodwill Industries Knoxville discussed shopping for Valentine's Day and their new program “Back on Track” on Community Television of Knoxville last month. United Way interviewed Volunteer East Tennessee about their role in recovery from the recent wildfires that devastated the region. Ijams discussed their upcoming events and different gardening techniques. The Asian Cultural Center demonstrated some sushi making techniques and talked about their upcoming sushi making class. Knox County Community Action Committee discussed their upcoming events including the "March for Meals" and their annual Pancake Breakfast. To find out more about Community Television of Knoxville, visit this link.

BILL'S BLANKETS . . . Bill's Blankets is a non-profit organization that focuses on giving blankets and clothing away to the homeless. The organization was started in memory of Dottie Justice-Spilman’s brother, who died in 2010. Dottie is now the president of the organization. Several times throughout the year Bill’s Blankets passes out clothing near the bridge at the end of Broadway. January 29th was their most recent donation event. Stay up to date on future Bill’s Blankets events and discover how to become a volunteer by visiting this link.

PAY IT FORWARD . . . Brothers Steve Bryant and Ballard Hall grew up with the Emerald Youth Foundation. It is what led them to become the men they are today - providing them with a sense of community and helping to keep them from falling in with the wrong people. Today, the brothers own and operate a concrete business.  They recently decided to “pay it forward” by completely redoing the floor at the Emerald Youth Foundation building.  Reaching out to youth in our community and providing a healthy and inclusive environment encourages youth at the Emerald Youth Foundation to become a successful part of Knoxville’s community. Learn more about Emerald Youth Foundation, by visiting this link.
MALAYAN TIGER . . . Zoo Knoxville recently greeted a new resident. Arya, a three-year-old Malayan tiger, arrived from California in late January. After a short quarantine period to ensure she is healthy, she will be moved to the new Tiger Forest at Zoo Knoxville to be with the other tigers. She will receive her first introduction to the public in April when the new exhibit opens. Malayan tigers are on the current list of critically endangered animals.  Zoo Knoxville is part of a national plan to save these creatures from extinction, and they hope to welcome baby tigers in the future. To learn more about the tigers or Zoo Knoxville, visit this link.
BLUE PLATE SPECIAL . . . Rennovations at the Knoxville Visitor Center have prompted the "WDVX Blue Plate Special" to take the show “on the road”. The hour-long live show will be held at alternative local venues until they can return to their regular home. For more than a decade, the "WDVX Blue Plate Special" has featured everything from bluegrass to country and beyond. In addition to playing for a live audience, they have been regularly broadcast on the nonprofit WDVX Radio Station. Upcoming venues include the Knoxville Museum of Art and the Clayton Center for the Arts. For more information about the "WDVX Blue Plate Special" visit this link.

PULL FOR OUR VETERANS . . . In 2012, the members of the Trap & Skeet Club of the Oak Ridge Sportsmen's Association held a fun shoot to raise money for the "Wounded Warrior Project". The event was such a success that a 501(c)(3) non-profit company was formed in 2015. Pull for Our Veterans is organized to raise funds for veterans and their families. Each year, the group selects a couple of organizations that will be the focus of fund raising efforts. Recently, Pull for Our Veterans presented $19,308.50 each to Honor Air Knoxville and the Fisher House Foundation. Find out more about Pull for Our Veterans, visit this link.

SWEETS TO THE SWEET . . . Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like a delicious treat. That treat is even sweeter when it helps underserved workers gain access to affordable health care. InterFaith Health Clinic held its eighth-annual "Sweets to the Sweet" fundraiser today (February 14). Each recipient of a valentine received a gourmet miniature Bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes along with an attractive Valentine’s Day card informing the recipient that one patient visit will be provided in their honor. The $50 donation for each delivery covers the average cost of one primary care patient visit. Volunteer drivers are always needed for this event so mark your calendar for next year! Find out more about the InterFaith Health Clinic at this link.

OPERATION KIBBLE . . . Recently, the organization known as Knoxville Pays It Forward partnered with the Knoxville/Knox County CAC Office on Aging to assist seniors on a fixed income with the cost of feeding their pets. The fourth annual "Operation Kibble" wrapped up in early February. Participating local restaurants asked customers to donate a small bag of pet food at the restaurant which was then donated to the Office on Aging “Placing Animals with Seniors” (PAWS) program, matching qualifying seniors with homeless, adoptable animals. Find out more about Knoxville Pays it Forward at this link and more about PAWS at this link.

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