Helen Ross McNabb Center to spread Christmas cheer

For the fifth year in a row, Helen Ross McNabb Center will spread Christmas cheer by “Elf Shopping” at the Super Target in Turkey Creek. Elf Shopping, presented by Discovery, Inc. and Garza Law Firm, is a part of the Center’s Dear Santa program, which provides holiday gifts and experiences to children served by the Center.

Elf Shopping uses proceeds from the Beth Haynes 12 Days of Christmas Online Auction, presented by Garza Law Firm, to purchase gifts for children clients of the Center and their siblings. This year’s online auction launched December 1 and bidding continues until December 12. Through the auction, the Center is able to brighten the holiday season by providing support and assistance in emergency situations, in addition to purchasing gifts for the children of families in need.

Last year, more than 2,200 East Tennessee children in need were able to receive gifts from Dear Santa, presented by Discovery, Inc. Gifts were chosen based off a list the children sent to Santa, which could include toys and basic necessities. This Center tradition of providing holiday assistance to families in need has lasted for more than 20 years.

During Elf Shopping, community volunteers and staff will shop for gifts, which are then collected by case workers and delivered to the children. Local celebrities and mascots join in the fun and this year, Mayor Glenn Jacobs; Santa and Mrs. Claus; Smokies Baseball’s Homer the Hound; Captain America, Elsa, Batman and others will be in attendance.

Media are invited to attend this event on Tuesday, December 10 at the Super Target in Turkey Creek. Christmas Elves will be shopping from 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Volunteer positions for the event are already filled; however, those interested in donating may do so at mcnabbcenter.org/donatenow or select items off the Dear Santa 2019 Amazon Wish List. For more information, please contact Rebecca McKnight at (865) 329-9176 or rebecca.mcknight@mcnabb.org.
The Helen Ross McNabb Center is a premier not‐for‐profit provider of behavioral health services in East Tennessee. Since 1948, the Center has provided quality and compassionate care to children, adults and families experiencing mental illness, addiction and social challenges. As the Center celebrates more than 70 years of providing services to communities in East Tennessee, its mission remains clear and simple; “Improving the lives of the people we serve.” For more information, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org or call 1-800‐255-9711.