Variety of Eastern Tennessee
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Variety sponsors a number of important programs for children in Eastern Tennessee, some of which are highlighted below. If you'd like more information on any of these programs, please call us at 865-925-9906 or email us at

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Variety of Eastern Tennessee - Latoya and her TricycleWe have learned that what special-needs kids want most is to be active members of their communities. Disabled children need what many of us take for granted: access. As a fundamental part of Variety's national initiative, Kids on the Go! will allow children with physical challenges the freedom to explore the world by providing grants to local individuals and organizations for mobility equipment.

Kids on the Go!Through Variety's Kids on the Go!, we intend to foster independence in special-needs children by supplying them with prosthetic limbs, walkers, wheelchairs, specially-designed adaptive bikes and other devices, including home and vehicular ramps. We are slowly expanding this program to target areas in which disabled, disadvantaged children have few or no other options to obtain the mobility equipment they so desperately need. Variety Kids on the Go! will introduce these children to horizons they had only been able to imagine.

Variety of Eastern Tennessee - Hanna on her special bike
Pictured above: Hanna on her special Bike

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red boxspacerVARIETY ZOO DAY

Variety Zoo DayVariety is overjoyed to provide our annual Zoo Day as the finale of Emerald Youth Foundation's summer camp. Variety seeks to provide area kids with educational activities, and the zoo is an ideal place to learn and make memories. Zoo Day started in 2004 and offers hundreds of area youth the opportunity to enjoy an educational experience at no cost. In 2019, more than 225 Emerald Youth Foundation Members attended. We provide each youth in attendance with free admission, lunch and Variety t-shirt.

“We are so thankful for this opportunity to provide such a fun experience for kids in the city. Summer is such a great time for memorable experiences and our friends at Variety of Eastern TN go above and beyond make it happen.” said Kent Stanger, Director of Area Ministries of Emerald Youth Foundation.

It's a wonderful way for Knoxville children to enjoy an outing together at one of the country's most fun and respected zoos.

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We also give a special holiday party each year for 600 children at Regal's Knoxville Center. We serve everyone breakfast, give out gifts, show a movie and take Polaroids of the children with Santa.

Variety of Eastern Tennessee Holiday Party
Pictured above: Santa and Mrs. Claus at Variety of Eastern Tennessee's Holiday Party

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