Chimes for Charity needs help to ensure less fortunate get help, too

Chimes for Charity needs help to ensure less fortunate get help, too
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Eleven days, $20,000 and counting.
Just 11 days remain until volunteers will deliver Chimes for Charity food baskets to less fortunate families across Obion County on Christmas Eve morning.
And the charitable program is still $20,000 short of reaching this year’s $50,000 goal to provide food, clothing and toys to those in need.
Chimes for Charity — now in its 77th year — is sponsored by the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes and supported by contributions from individuals, businesses, churches, schools and organizations in the community.
The program’s annual fundraising telethon ended Thursday night with a total of $29,644 in donations and pledges, leaving an additional $20,356 to be raised between now and Christmas Eve.
Anyone who hasn’t yet made a contribution may still do so by sending it to Chimes for Charity, P.O. Box 661, Union City, TN 38281. Local residents who made pledges during the telethon are also reminded to send in their donations.
“Chimes really appreciates everyone who came out to the telethon and made wonderful contributions,” Chimes co-chairman Don Parks said today. “As always, it’s a very, very valuable event and our sincere appreciation goes to everyone who was able to give then.
“However, we are still $20,000 short of our goal this year and, as times are getting harder in the county and surrounding counties, it’s even more important for people to step forward.”
Parks said a donation of any size will be greatly appreciated, adding that Chimes coordinators and volunteers look forward to another great Christmas season of helping those in need.
Chimes has already staged this year’s children’s shopping tours, which provided new winter clothing to about 370 local children in need, and the annual food basket delivery is the next scheduled event where many volunteers will be needed.
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. Volunteers may simply show up at the bus garage to help with sorting and packing.
Delivery routes and departure times will be posted at the packing event, but anyone who wants to volunteer for a specific route can call the Chimes office at 885-2098.
“We need lots of volunteers for those events,” Parks said.
For more information about donating or volunteering, call the Chimes office at 885-2098 or send an email to chimesforcharity@yahoo.com.
Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 12.13.11

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