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Tornado Relief Concert

posted May 4, 2011, 12:12 PM by Mark DeWitte   [ updated May 14, 2011, 10:47 AM by Blaine Jones ]

The Clouds Creek Band in cooperation with People Loving People / Four Square Inc. is organizing a benefit singing for the victims of the recent tornadoes in our area. 

A date of Friday, May 27 at 6pm has been set for the concert to take place at the Hope Community Church on Highway 11W just northeast of Rogersville featuring many local bands. 

Scheduled to perform are The Benny Wilson Band; Clouds Creek Band; the Bulls Gap Band; the Groove Machine; the Hope Church Praise Band; the Christ Fellowship Praise Band and possibly others. 

“Steve Gray of the Clouds Creek Band called me last week and it was obvious we had both been thinking of ways to help our neighbors.  We put the wheels in motion to get this going and whatever comes of it we will give God all the Glory” said Dr. Blaine Jones of the People Loving People organization. 

“Many folks have stepped forward to help in this event.  Currently our plans are to take cash/check donations, donations of personal hygiene items, towels,wash clothes, hair products, combs, brushes, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, diapers, wipes, laundry detergents, clothing, toys, non-perishable items, flashlights, batteries, water and anything else they could possibly use.   We will load it up and transport it to them.  We are also preparing a silent auction to raise more funds for involved victims support,” Jones went on to say.  The latest update of requests as of Thursday, May 12 included large items for homes such as used dressers, couches, refrigerators, ovens, etc.  If you would like to donate a large item, call Dr. Blaine Jones to make arrangements at 423-272-3150.

The People Loving People organization is a non – profit, 501(c)3 corporation.  Their primary event is the free Thanksgiving Dinner in Rogersville each year. 

“We know there will be many people who would like to attend the concert but on such short notice may have other plans.  They can send their donation to People Loving People, P.O. Box 35, Rogersville, TN  37857 and in the memo portion of their check write ‘tornado’ and all those proceeds will be given for the tornado relief."

“These folks are our neighbors and but by the grace of God it could be them organizing a relief effort for their neighbors in Hawkins County.  It is the least we could do besides offering our prayers,” Gray, of the Clouds Creek Band, stated.  “We want to use our talents to provide some benefit, some relief for those involved.” 

Prior to the concert anyone wanting to make a donation of hygiene products, rakes, brooms, Gatorade, canned goods, food or other supplies may do so at the downtown locations of CompuPlus Technology Solutions and The Looking Glass Hair Salon, both located at 301 East Main Street in Rogersville.

“What better way to kickoff the Memorial Day weekend than to help our neighbors who are going through a difficult time.  We hope everyone who can will join in and help us to help them in anyway they possibly can,” Jones went on to say.  “Church groups or other social organizations are invited to help us as well”. 

Jerry Sullivan will have his world famous barbecue sandwich plates available for sale just before the concert begins!!

For those who would like to donate an item for the silent auction, contact Melissa Jones at 423-293-4272. 

For more information contact Dr. Blaine Jones at 423-272-3150.


Hope Church is located just east of Rogersville on Highway 11W.  Take 11W toward Kingsport, and you will see the building on the right hand side at the intersection of Surgoinsville's Main Street (old 11W) and the four-lane.  If you need further directions, just leave us a comment on the "Contact Us" page and we'll be happy to help.

Thanksgiving Dinner

posted May 4, 2011, 12:04 PM by Mark DeWitte   [ updated Oct 19, 2020, 12:10 PM by Blaine Jones ]

The most visible project that People Loving People performs is the annual free Thanksgiving Dinner.  This has been ongoing for sixteen years and in 2019 we fed over 3500 meals in upper East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. 

A branch of the 501(c)3 non profit Four Square, Inc. organization, People Loving People utilizes hundreds of volunteers and thousands of dollars of donations to pull off the annual Thanksgiving Dinner. 

In 2019  we served over:  1600 pounds of turkey; 600 pounds of ham; 1500 hundred pounds of green beans and corn; 700 pounds of mashed potatoes; 600 pounds of sweet potatoes; 300 pounds of cranberry sauce; over 3000 servings of dressing; 20 gallons of turkey gravy and 15 gallons of ham gravy; over 3000 rolls; 1000 slices of pumpkin pie and hundreds of desserts. 

Any left over food was picked up by Of One Accord to be used in their Community Food Program and reports were that over 200 more meals were served using what they received!

 If you are interested in working on the Thanksgiving Day dinner call 423-754-7160 to make arrangements.  Masks and gloves will be required for all food handlers, masks for everyone else.

If you would like to arrange transportation to the meal or want to have a meal delivered to your home, please call 423-754-7610

If you would like to make a donation to help support this ambitious endeavor you may send your contribution to Four Square, Inc., c/o People Loving People, P.O. Box 35, Rogersville, TN  37857.  In the memo portion of your check please write ‘Thanksgiving’. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Blaine Jones at 423-272-3150.

Thanksgiving Day Information

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