Chimes for Charity in need of big final night

Chimes for Charity in need of big final night
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
It’s crunch time for Chimes for Charity.
In order to fulfill a goal of helping less fortunate families, Chimes needs to meet its monetary goal of $50,000.
With just one night of the annual telethon remaining, the charitable program still needs over $31,000 to reach the mark.
A total of $4,172 in pledges and contributions was made during Wednesday night’s edition of the four-night telethon, bringing the total raised the first three nights to $18,274.
Chimes for Charity — now in its 77th year — 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 telethon is a major fund raiser for Chimes, which provides food, clothing and toys to less fortunate families around Obion County at Christmas. The final night of the telethon will be presented from 6-7:30 p.m. today at Second Baptist Church, located at 831 Everett Blvd. in Union City.
The program Wednesday night featured entertainment by Second Baptist Church’s preschool, K-5 and 6-8 choirs.
Tonight, the telethon’s final show 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. Emcee Jim Adcock, who was 1977 Jaycees president, 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.
During the 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.
Contributions should be mailed to Chimes for Charity, P.O. Box 661, Union City, TN 38281.
Chimes secretary Regina Hendon said the program is still a long way from meeting this year’s $50,000 goal and she said even if someone has not called in during the telethon, they may still make a donation by sending the contribution to Chimes’ post office box.
Anyone who made a pledge is also reminded to either mail in their donation or drop it off at the Chimes office at the Shelter Insurance office at 111 West Reelfoot Ave. in Union City.
Chimes already spent a considerable amount of funds on last month’s children’s shopping tours, which provided new winter clothing to more than 370 less fortunate children from across Obion County. Additional money, as well as donations of canned goods and toys, will provide food baskets for those in need across the county on Christmas Eve morning.
Published in The Messenger 12.8.11

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