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Santa’s Village sets record for donations

Santa’s Village sets record for donations

Posted: Tuesday, December 23, 2008 9:27 pm

 Food donations at the recent 24th annual Santa’s Village event at Ned McWherter Agricultural Complex at the University of Tennessee at Martin set a record with a value of $46,839.77. Attendance at the four-day event was 12,767 — the fifth largest in the event’s history. “Due to the economic times, we are pleased to see the record-setting value of food since the number of families being reached is also at its highest. The toy value is currently being finalized and we hope to have that figure by the first of next week,” Martin Parks and Recreation Department director Brian Moore said. Co-sponsored by Martin Department of Parks and Recreation, C.E. Weldon Public Library and UT Martin, the event featured 26,000 square feet of lights, holiday displays and continuous entertainment. Admission was the donation of $5 of food items or toys. Santa’s Village gets off to a good start each year with food provided by Weakley County schools, via the WCMT can caravan. WCMT also reported a record-setting year by bringing in 15,600 canned goods. “On behalf of the City of Martin Parks and Recreation Department, the C.E. Weldon Public Library and the University of Tennessee at Martin, we once again would like to extend our thanks to the volunteers who implement Santa’s Village and the visitors who have donated food and toys to help people in the area have a good Christmas,” Moore said. Service agencies receiving food and toys collected at Santa’s Village this year include Chimes for Charity, the Obion County chapter of the American Red Cross, Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council, We Care Ministries, Santa’s Helpers and the Department of Children’s Services. Co-sponsors for the event are Martin Parks and Recreation, the C.E. Weldon Public Library and UT Martin. Additional sponsors of the event include University Plaza, Hamilton-Ryker, First State, MTD Products, Tyson Foods, Volunteer Community Hospital, Southern Source and McDonald’s. Published in The Messenger 12.23.08

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