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Chimes for Charity rings in giving season

Chimes for Charity rings in giving season

Posted: Friday, December 5, 2008 9:12 pm
By: Chris Menees Messenger Staff Reporter

 By CHRIS MENEES Messenger Staff Reporter Chimes for Charity has planned a really big show this year. Chimes’ annual telethon — a major fund raiser for the organization as it helps local families in need this Christmas — will be staged Monday through Thursday at Second Baptist Church in Union City. The radio and TV telethon will be presented 6-7:30 each night and will be broadcast live on AM radio station WENK 1240 and local television station WOBT. During the show, listeners and viewers will be asked to phone in pledges to benefit Chimes as they enjoy quality entertainment provided by local groups. The community may also choose to enjoy the entertainment in person each evening by being a part of the audience at Second Baptist Church, located at 831 North Everett Boulevard. Each night, three different school or church groups have been scheduled to provide entertainment for the program. Different guest speakers will also join emcee Jim Adcock during the telethon’s four-night run. The schedule released this week by Chimes secretary Lind-say Frilling includes: Monday — Entertainment will be provided by the Obion County Children’s Chorus from 6-6-30 p.m., Exchange Street Church of Christ from 6:30-7 and Immaculate Conception Preschool from 7-7:30. The invocation will be given by Dr. David Russell, pastor of Union City First United Methodist Church. Adcock, who was 1977 Jaycees president, will be joined by guests Matt Russell, 2008 Jaycees president; Arisa Moses, 2008 J’Cettes president; Robin Wood, a past Jaycees member; and Robert Wood, a past Jaycees president and past Chimes chairman. Tuesday — Union City Ele-mentary School’s Chorus Kids will provide entertainment from 6-6:30 p.m., followed by the Voices of UCES from 6:30-7 and Girl Scout Troop 67 from 7-7:30. After the invocation by the Rev. Jerry Leggett, associate pastor of Second Baptist Church, Adcock will welcome as his guests Union City Director of Schools Gary Houston; Bob Stephens, 1968 Jaycees president; and Jimmy White, 1989 Jaycees president. Wednesday — Second Baptist Church’s Preschool Choir will take the stage from 6-6:30 p.m., followed by the church’s K-5th Choir from 6:30-7 and Troy First Baptist Church’s Children’s Choir from 7-7:30. Second Baptist pastor the Rev. Eddie Mallonee will give the invocation and Adcock will share the microphone with guests Clint Wilson and Catherine Nailling, 2008 Chimes co-chairmen; and Larry Storie, 1982 Jaycees president. Thursday — Preschoolers will headline on the telethon’s final night, with Kare Bear Preschool to perform from 6-6:30 p.m., Pleasant Valley Preschool from 6:30-7 and First Friends from 7-7:30. The invocation will be given by the Rev. Andy Blackwell, pastor of Crosswind Church, and Adcock will welcome as his guests Obion County Director of Schools David Huss; Ron Green, chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee-Union City unit; and Steve Goodrich, a past Jaycees member. How to give Chimes, sponsored by the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes, is in its 74th year of helping less fortunate families across Obion County at Christmas. The program provides clothing for children through shopping tours, as well as toys for children and food for both individuals and families in need through a Christmas Eve food basket delivery. Monetary donations to Chimes for Charity may be mailed to P.O. Box 661, Union City, TN 38281. Several businesses in Union City are serving as drop-off locations for toys to be distributed by Chimes. 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 at 1109 East Reelfoot Ave.; and Celebration by Sheila at 125 East Main St. Chimes will also benefit from non-perishable food items and toys collected beginning next weekend at the annual Santa’s Village at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Ned McWherter Agricultural Com-plex. Santa’s Village will run from 6-9 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 12; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 13; and 1-5 p.m. Dec. 14. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 worth of non-perishable foods and/or toys, which will be distributed to several local organizations that help those in need at Christmas. Volunteers may work on behalf of the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes at Santa’s Village on Dec. 12 from 6-9 p.m. The more workers present, the more Chimes will benefit from items collected, according to a Chimes spokesman. ——— Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 12.5.08

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