With budget shortfall, Chimes cuts baskets

With budget shortfall, Chimes cuts baskets
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Chimes for Charity is cutting the number of food baskets to be delivered to those in need on Christmas Eve morning because of a $12,000 shortfall.
As of today, the chari-table Chimes program has collected about $38,000 toward this year’s $50,000 goal.
Due to the current deficit, Chimes secretary Regina Hendon announced the program will be delivering only 200 food baskets — instead of the 250 which were planned — to less fortunate families and individuals across Obion County.
She emphasized “it’s still not too late to donate” and said anyone who hasn’t yet made a contribution may do so by sending it to Chimes for Charity, P.O. Box 661, Union City, TN 38281.
Local residents who made pledges during Chimes’ four-night fund-raising telethon last week are also reminded to send in their donations.
Chimes for Charity — now in its 77th year — is sponsored by the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes and supported by contributions from individuals, busines-ses, churches, schools and organizations in the community.
Chimes already spent a significant amount of funds during this year’s children’s shopping tours, which provided new winter clothing and toys to about 370 local children in need, and the annual food basket delivery on Christmas Eve morning is the next scheduled event.
Many volunteers from the community will be needed for the food basket delivery, as well as pre-delivery sorting and packing of items.
The sorting of items will begin at noon Thursday 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.
“We are in need of volunteers,” Mrs. Hendon said. “We want to invite all Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and any other clubs or organizations to help, as well as young people needing community service hours.”
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.
For more information about donating or volunteering, call the Chimes office or send an email to chimesforcharity@yahoo.com.
Published in The Messenger 12.16.11

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