Chimes for Charity organizers busy preparing for 2008 event
Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2008 9:29 pm
By CHRIS MENEES
Messenger Staff Reporter
Christmas is still eight weeks away, but Chimes for Charity is already planning ahead.
Chimes, sponsored by the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes, is gearing up for its 74th year of helping less fortunate families and individuals across Obion County at Christmas.
The Chimes office will open Tuesday in its new location at 303 Bill Burnett Circle in an office adjacent to the Obion County Courthouse, with food basket applications to be accepted there through Nov. 19. The office will be open 9 a.m.-noon Mondays through Fridays, according to 2008 Chimes for Charity co-chairmen Clint Wilson and Catherine Nailling.
Anyone who would like to submit the name of a family or an individual in need of a food basket may also call the Chimes office at 885-2098. Ms. Nailling said applications are needed from all across Obion County.
As in years past, Chimes for Charity will rely on donations from individuals, businesses, churches and organizations throughout the community to meet this year’s goal of $45,000 — all of which will be used to provide food, clothing and toys to those in need.
Wilson said $41,000 of the funds will be spent on children alone in the form of the annual shopping tours for clothing and the distribution of toys, with a total of 355 children to benefit from Head Start, children’s and junior high shopping events.
Chimes plans to deliver 200 food baskets to those in need on Christmas Eve this year. They will include baskets for less fortunate families as well as scaled-down baskets packed specifically for singles who are in need.
“We couldn’t do it without the many volunteers and the support of (local businesses, organizations, churches and school system personnel),” Ms. Nailling said. “It takes more than just the (Chimes for Charity) board.”
“There are a lot of behind-the-scenes people,” Wilson added. “We need volunteers. We’d be in a mess without them.”
While Wilson and Ms. Nailling are spearheading this year’s Chimes campaign as co-chairmen, Lindsay Frilling is serving as Chimes secretary. They are being aided by Jaycees and J’Cettes members who serve as chairmen of the many individual events that are planned.
Chimes’ board members include Arisa Moses, Ms. Nailling, Mrs. Frilling, Michelle King, Kristi Townes, Wilson, Stephen Turner, Justin Shaw, Dwight Thomason, Matt Russell and at-large members Mandy Henson and Randy Thetford.
Wilson and Ms. Nailling said Chimes is fortunate to have excellent board members and Jaycees and J’Cettes members — along with countless community volunteers — who are willing to lend a hand to help those in need across Obion County.
Funds for Chimes will be raised through a variety of upcoming events, with the first — Cropping for Chimes, an all-day scrapbooking and card-making event — to be held Saturday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Eddie Cox Senior Citizens Center in Union City. The cost to crop all day is $35, which includes two meals, goody bags, workspace and door prizes. Anyone who can’t stay all day can sign up for classes or still come by to shop with the vendors.
Chimes will benefit from a karaoke contest on Nov. 8 and a Winter Wonderland Beauty Pageant on Nov. 16 in the garden center at Wal-Mart in Union City.
Amid the hustle and bustle of Chimes, the Jaycees will host Union City’s annual Christmas parade on Dec. 1. Line-up will be at 6 p.m. at the corner of North First and Cheatham streets and the parade will begin at 7. No pre-registration is necessary.
The annual Chimes for Charity radio/TV telethon will be staged Dec. 8-11 at Second Baptist Church on Everett Boulevard in Union City. It will be broadcast on AM radio station WENK-1240 and local television station WOBT from 6-7:30 nightly. Guest speakers will be featured on each program, with radio personality Jim Adcock to serve as emcee for the entire telethon this year, Ms. Nailling said. Local church groups, school groups and preschools will provide entertainment each night and listeners or viewers will be asked to phone in pledges as they enjoy the programs.
Chimes also receives a big boost each year from the annual Santa’s Village at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Ag Pavilion, with many canned goods and toys donated to the local charitable effort. This year, Chimes will benefit from Santa’s Village from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 12, during which time volunteers may work on behalf of the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes. The more workers who are present, the more Chimes will benefit from donated non-perishable goods, according to Wilson and Ms. Nailling.
Additional fundraising events to benefit Chimes will likely be announced in the weeks ahead.
In addition to monetary support, Chimes will also be in need of dozens of volunteers to help with the annual children’s shopping tour and food basket sorting, packing and delivery as Christmas approaches.
The children’s shopping tour — a favorite event for many volunteers — is set for Nov. 23 beginning at 2 p.m. at Wal-Mart in Union City. Each child will be treated to warm winter clothing, courtesy of Chimes, and will receive a toy from Santa. Many volunteers will be needed to help the children make clothing selections.
The children’s shopping tour will be preceded by a Head Start shopping tour on Nov. 19.
A third shopping event specifically for junior high youth has been added this year, according to Ms. Nailling. It will be held Dec. 1 and members of the Alpha Delta Kappa teacher sorority of Obion County will volunteer to shop for 60 area junior high students.
The sorting of items for food baskets will begin at 1 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Obion County School System’s bus garage in Troy, followed by basket packing Dec. 23 starting at 2 p.m. at the bus garage.
The food baskets will be delivered early Christmas Eve morning on routes across Obion County. Ms. Nailling said any group or family that would like to take a route and help deliver food baskets is asked to call the Chimes office at 885-2098. Volunteering to take a route will help cut down the number of buses, vans and other large vehicles needed for delivery.
In addition, any business that would be interested in being a drop-off location for canned goods, non-perishable food items or toys is asked to contact the Chimes office.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.