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Chimes for Charity reports success; supporters lauded

Chimes for Charity reports success; supporters lauded

Posted: Monday, January 11, 2010 8:59 pm

 The community’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed. Due to generous support from across Obion County and beyond, Chimes for Charity was able to provide food and clothing to hundreds of less fortunate families in the days leading up to Christmas. Chimes secretary Lindsay Frilling said the organization appreciates anyone involved in the 2009 Chimes campaign — such as the many individual volunteers, businesses, churches, civic groups and bus drivers. “We were able to provide food baskets to 225 families, shop for over 250 children and give gift cards to area nursing homes. We met our $45,000 goal due to the graciousness of the people of Obion County and surrounding areas,” Mrs. Frilling said. A major boost came from Chimes’ annual telethon in early December. Anyone who made a pledge during the telethon is asked to honor their commitment by sending the donation to Chimes for Charity, P.O. Box 661, Union City, TN 38281. Chimes also benefited from numerous canned food drives and toy collections in the community, as well as from the collection of non-perishable food items and toys during Santa’s Village at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Ag Pavilion. Dozens of volunteers sorted and packed items for food baskets that were delivered early Christmas Eve to less fortunate individuals and families. In November, more than 250 less fortunate children were treated to new winter clothing during shopping tours, where volunteers once again stepped forward to assist the children with their selections. The three local nursing homes benefited from Chimes’ generosity in December when they were presented with gift cards in order to purchase something for their residents’ enjoyment. Chimes for Charity — sponsored by the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes — provides food, clothing and toys to less fortunate families throughout Obion County at Christmas. The 75-year-old program depends on contributions from the community in order to fund its various projects. Published in The Messenger 1.11.10

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