|For 77 years, annual event rings ‘Chimes for Charity’ |
|Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 9:12 pm |
| By CHRIS MENEES |
Charity begins at home — with Chimes for Charity.
Chimes is gearing up for its 77th year of helping less fortunate families under the sponsorship of the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes.
This year’s goal for donations from the community is $50,000, the same as last year, according to Chimes co-chairmen Don Parks and Emily Hall. Those funds will be used to provide food and clothing to those in need at Christmas.
The Chimes office will open Oct. 31 in Union City and application for the 225 food baskets to be delivered on Christmas Eve morning may be made by calling the office at 885-2098.
The office will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays starting next week. After hours, messages may be left on an answering machine.
Families’ or individuals’ names may be submitted for food basket appli-cations. The deadline for applications is Nov. 11.
Any local business interested in being a drop-off location for canned goods, non-perishable items or toys for Chimes for Charity is also asked to call the Chimes office or email Chimes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chimes depends on monetary support from the community to fund programs that include children’s shopping tours for clothing, toys for children and the Christmas Eve food basket delivery. Contributions may be mailed to Chimes for Charity, P.O. Box 661, Union City, TN 38281.
Donations received prior to Dec. 1 will be recognized Dec. 5-8 during Chimes’ annual radio/TV telethon program, which provides a major financial boost to the fundraising effort.
In a letter seeking support from the community, Parks and Mrs. Hall said the community has always made Chimes a success and enabled the program to continue through the generosity of merchants, civic organizations, chur-ches and individuals.
“You have made this continuation possible through your generosity. We are asking that you once again help the underprivileged families and individuals served by Chimes for Charity to make their holiday season a little brighter this Christmas,” according to their letter.
“We depend on you — because you have always come through. Now, we here in Obion County are seeking your help for our neighbors at home through our annual Chimes for Charity program.”
Volunteers from the community will also be needed to help Chimes during several important events scheduled in the weeks ahead. The many events already scheduled include:
• Jingle Bell Junction — Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with details of the fundraiser to be announced.
• Children’s shopping tour — Nov. 20 starting at 2 p.m. at Walmart Supercenter in Union City. Many volunteers will be needed to assist the children chosen to receive clothing.
A separate shopping tour will be held the week before to purchase clothing for Head Start recipients.
• Union City’s annual Christmas parade — Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. (lineup at 6 at Reelfoot Shopping Center), with details to be announced.
• Telethon — Dec. 5-8 from 6-7:30 nightly at Second Baptist Church on Everett Boulevard in Union City. The program will be broadcast on AM radio station WENK-1240 and local television station WOBT-TV, with entertainment to be provided each evening by local church groups, school groups and preschools.
• Santa’s Village — Dec. 9 at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Ag Pavilion. From 5-9 p.m., volunteers may work on behalf of the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes. The more workers present, the more Chimes will benefit from the collection of non-perishable goods donated by those attending Santa’s Village.
• Food basket sorting — Dec. 22 starting at noon at the Obion County Bus Garage in Troy’s industrial park.
• Food basket packing — Dec. 23 beginning at 1 p.m. at the bus garage in Troy.
• Food basket delivery — Dec. 24, with departure times to vary based on delivery routes. Times will be posted at the previous day’s packing event.
For more information about any of the events, call the Chimes office at 885-2098 or email email@example.com.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 10.24.11