|Chimes for Charity aids less fortunate |
|Posted: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 9:21 pm |
| By CHRIS MENEES |
Chimes for Charity is off and running.
A total of $5,733 was raised Monday during the opening night of this year’s Chimes telethon — a major fundraiser for the program which helps less fortunate families around Obion County at Christmas.
The telethon will continue through Thursday from 6-7:30 nightly at Second Baptist Church, located at 831 Everett Blvd. in Union City. This year’s goal is $50,000.
Chimes for Charity is sponsored by the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes and is supported by contributions from individuals, businesses, churches, schools and organizations in the community. The program is now in its 77th year of providing food, clothing and toys to those in need.
During this week’s four-night telethon, guests may enjoy the entertainment live each evening as audience members at the church or they may choose to enjoy broadcasts which air on AM radio station WENK-1240 and local television station WOBT. Local school, preschool and church groups provide entertainment, with listeners and viewers asked to phone in pledges as they enjoy the family entertainment.
Monday’s opening night featured entertainment by Pleasant Valley Preschool, the Obion County Children’s Chorus and Exchange Street Church of Christ’s children’s group.
Contributions may be mailed to Chimes for Charity, P.O. Box 661, Union City, TN 38281.
All four nights of the telethon are being emceed by local radio personality Jim Adcock, who served as 1977 Jaycees president, according to a schedule released by Chimes.
Tonight, entertainment will be provided by First Friends Preschool from 6-6:30, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church from 6:30-7 and Calvary Baptist Church’s Singing Hands group from 7-7:30. Adcock’s guests will be Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee chief professional officer Ron Green, past Jaycee president/past Chimes chairman Robert Wood and past Jaycees members Robin Wood and Steve Goodrich. Micah Harbison, Second Baptist’s youth minister, will open the program with prayer.
The entertainment Wed-nesday will be provided by Second Baptist Church’s preschool choir from 6-6:30 p.m., the host church’s K-5 choir from 6:30-7 and the host church’s 6-8 choir from 7-7:30. Second Baptist Church pastor the Rev. Eddie Mallonee will lead in prayer to open the program and Adcock’s guests for the evening will include 2011 Chimes co-chairmen Don Parks and Emily Hall and 1982 Jaycees president Larry Storie.
The final night’s program Thursday will feature entertainment by Kare Bear Preschool from 6-6:30 p.m., Union City Elementary School’s Chorus Kids from 6:30-7 and the school’s Voices of UCES from 7-7:30. Adcock will be joined by Obion County Director of Schools David Huss, 1971 Jaycees president Johnny Bruff and 1968 Jaycees president Bob Stephens. The program will be opened in prayer by the Rev. Stan Waldon, pastor of Union City First United Methodist Church.
Other ways to help
Chimes will also benefit this week from the annual Santa’s Village at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Ag Pavilion. Chimes’ designated night will be Friday from 6-9 p.m., during which time volunteers may work on behalf of the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes. The more workers present, the more Chimes will benefit from the receipt of non-perishable goods collected as the suggested admission from those attending.
In addition to donations of funds, canned goods and toys, Chimes will also need many volunteers for the upcoming Christmas Eve food basket packing and delivery to families in need. The sorting of items will begin at noon Dec. 22 at the Obion County Bus Garage in Troy’s industrial park, followed by packing starting at 1 p.m. Dec. 23 and delivery on Christmas Eve morning.
For more information, call the Chimes office at 885-2098 or send an email to email@example.com.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Published in The Messenger 12.6.11