Chimes seeks volunteers for annual shopping tour

Chimes seeks volunteers for annual shopping tour

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Chimes for Charity will get a jump on its holiday shopping this weekend.
Chimes’ annual Children’s Shopping Tour — which provides new winter clothing for less fortunate children in the community — is set for Sunday starting at 2 p.m. at Walmart Super-center in Union City.
More than 300 children of all ages chosen from Obion County and Union City schools will be treated to clothing courtesy of Chimes, sponsored by the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes and supported by contributions from the community.
A separate shopping tour was slated to be held today for children in need selected from local Head Start programs.
Many volunteers will be needed Sunday afternoon to help the school-age children shop for clothing and veteran volunteers often relate this is one of their favorite Chimes events leading up to Christmas. Volunteers should check in with the Union City J’Cettes at the front of the local Walmart store on the Vision Center side.
Each of the children chosen to shop will arrive at the store with a list of their clothing and shoe sizes for shoppers’ convenience and volunteers will be paired with the children to help them make sensible selections.
They will be treated to new clothing that ranges from school clothes and undergarments to warm coats, gloves and shoes.
Organizers said volunteers of all ages will be welcome, but those younger than age 16 should plan to assist an older shopper while shopping with a child.
Ways to help
Chimes for Charity is in its 77th year of providing food, clothing and toys to less fortunate families around Obion County at Christmas. The program relies on contributions from individuals, businesses, churches and organizations throughout the community in order to fund its many projects to help those in need.
Monetary donations may be mailed to Chimes for Charity, P.O. Box 661, Union City, TN 38281.
This year’s Chimes goal is $50,000 — all of which will help fund the children’s shopping tours for clothing, toys for children and the Christmas Eve delivery of food baskets to less fortunate families and individuals around Obion County, according to Chimes co-chairmen Don Parks and Emily Hall.
In the days ahead, Chimes will receive a boost from fundraising events that include the Jingle Bell Junction holiday shopping event Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the National Guard armory on East Reelfoot Avenue in Union City; the annual telethon Dec. 5-8 from 6-7:30 nightly at Second Baptist Church on Everett Boulevard in Union City, with the program to be broadcast on AM radio station WENK-1240 and local television station WOBT-TV; and Santa’s Village from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9 at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Ag Pavilion, with Chimes to benefit from canned goods and toys collected that night.
Volunteers will also be needed for the upcoming food basket sorting Dec. 22 starting at noon at the Obion County Bus Garage in Troy’s industrial park and the food basket packing Dec. 23 beginning at 1 p.m. at the bus garage, as well as the food basket deliveries the morning of Dec. 24. Departure times will vary based on delivery routes and times will be posted at the packing event.
For more information about Chimes events, call the Chimes office at 885-2098 or email Chimes at chimesforcharity@yahoo.com.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 11.16.11

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