Blake Leeper, with Miss Kingsport 2013 Autumn Brown, also lending support for the fundraiser
"It's our service to help whenever we can," says Teddy Gaines, former DB, UT and NFL player, who is now an assistant coach on ETSU's revived football program. "The Kitchen of Hope is always helping people and I'm just like all of my buddies here.. just trying to help them raise money anyway I can, They were old pipes and you can't predict when they're gonna go. Repairs cost money, and all of us were just happy to help encourage people to come out and contribute to the repair cost. It's necessary."
New Vision Youth directorJohnnie Mae Swagerty says, the plumbing repairs have been extensive.
As of January 1st, the Pancake Breakfast raised a total of $7,010 dollars, midway through the $6,000 to $8,000 dollar repair bill. Swagerty says, the generosity of the people of Kingsport never goes unnoticed, and the total eclipsed the $7,000 dollar mark as January 1st approached. By the Grace of God, it is still climbing.
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