Weekend donation brings Chimes closer to its goal

Weekend donation brings Chimes closer to its goal
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Chimes for Charity received an early Christmas gift over the weekend.
It came in the form of an anonymous donation Chimes secretary Regina Hendon found in the charitable program’s post office box Saturday.
“It was a very, very nice donation,” she said this morning. “And we are not as behind as we were on Friday. We probably lack about $4,000.”
Chimes’ goal this year is $50,000 — all of which will be used to provide food, clothing and toys to less fortunate families around Obion County this Christmas.
Mrs. Hendon had announced Friday that Chimes would be cutting the number of food baskets to be delivered to less fortunate families on Christmas Eve from 250 to 200 because of a $12,000 shortfall. With the deficit now at about $4,000, Chimes officials can reconsider and review the number of baskets.
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.
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 this Saturday morning is the next scheduled event.
Mrs. Hendon said it’s not too late for people to make a donation to Chimes. Contributions may be sent to Chimes for Charity, P.O. Box 661, Union City, TN 38281.
Local residents who made pledges during Chimes’ recent four-night fundraising telethon are also reminded to send in their donations since they have been included in the total — which stands at about $46,000 today.
Many volunteers will also be needed Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the food basket sorting, packing and delivery activities.
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. Friday and delivery early Saturday morning.
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.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 12.19.11

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