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Chimes planners looking for help with yearly event

Chimes planners looking for help with yearly event

Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2008 10:40 pm

   Attention, shoppers. 
Chimes for Charity needs your help.

The annual children’s shopping tour — where less fortunate children from across Obion County will be treated to new winter clothing — is set for Sunday starting at 2 p.m. at Wal-Mart Supercenter in Union City.

Many volunteers will be needed for the event, according to organizers. The children chosen to receive clothing will arrive at the store with a list of their sizes and will need assistance in selecting items, but they will not be permitted to try on any of the clothing.

Each of the children will also receive a toy from Santa Claus after they shop for new clothes.

Chimes co-chairmen Clint Wilson and Catherine Nailling say Chimes could not do such projects without the support of the community and the many volunteers who are vital to the program’s success.

In addition to Sunday’s children’s shopping tour, Chimes also sponsors a Head Start shopping tour and — for the first time this year — a junior high shopping tour for those in need. Both of those shopping events are held separate from the children’s shopping tour.

Chimes for Charity will spend $41,000 alone on less fortunate children, with a total of 355 children to be treated to clothing and toys during the three shopping events. The remainder of the funds from Chimes’ $45,000 goal this year will be used to help fund 200 food baskets to be delivered on Christmas Eve morning to families and individuals in need across the county. Many volunteers will also be needed to pack and deliver the food baskets next month.

Chimes for Charity, sponsored by the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes, is currently in its 74th year of helping those in need. The organization depends on contributions from individuals, churches, businesses and organizations throughout the community to meet its goal each year.

Donations may be mailed to Chimes for Charity, P.O. Box 661, Union City, TN 38281.

Contributions of toys for Chimes may be dropped off at several designated locations in Union City. They include Van Heusen at VF Outlet at 601 Sherwood Drive; First Citizens Financial Plus at 501 South First St.; Union City Housing Authority’s Community Center at 1409 East Main St.; the Obion County Public Library at 1221 East Reelfoot Ave.; Advanced Gastroenterology/Dr. Kofi Nuako’s office at 1109 East Reelfoot Ave.; and Celebrations by Sheila at 125 East Main St.

For more information, call the Chimes office at 885-2098. The office is located at 303 Bill Burnett Circle in Union City.
Published in The Messenger 11.20.08

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