Chimes ring again as generous donors come to the rescue

Chimes ring again as generous donors come to the rescue
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
What a difference a day makes.
Chimes for Charity has reached its goal of $50,000.
The good news was announced Monday night and came just days after Chimes officials revealed a shortfall in funds would result in fewer food baskets delivered to families in need on Christmas Eve.
Earlier Monday, Chimes secretary Regina Hendon said “a very, very nice” anonymous donation received in Chimes’ post office box Saturday left the charitable program about $4,000 short of the goal.
“Then the community has really responded to the need,” she said Monday night.
The other $4,000 was received sometime Monday to bring Chimes to the $50,000 mark, but Mrs. Hendon is currently not at liberty to disclose information about the generous donors.
“We have met our goal,” she said.
Chimes officials are contacting board members about adding food baskets to the 250 total originally planned.
Chimes for Charity is now in its 77th year of providing food, clothing and toys to less fortunate families around Obion County at Christmas. It is sponsored by the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes and supported by the generous contributions of individuals, businesses, churches, schools and organizations in the community.
Local residents who made pledges during Chimes’ recent four-night fundraising telethon are reminded to send in their donations since they have been included in the total raised. Contributions may be sent to Chimes for Charity, P.O. Box 661, Union City, TN 38281.
The program already spent a significant amount of funds last month during children’s shopping tours which provided new winter clothing and toys to about 370 local children in need, and the annual food basket delivery to less fortunate families is set for Saturday morning.
Many volunteers will 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 beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday. 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 12.20.11

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