Chimes telethon begins Monday

Chimes telethon begins Monday
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Chimes for Charity will be shifting into high gear next week as Christmas nears.
The charitable organi-zation’s annual fund-raising telethon will begin its four-night run Monday, coming on the heels of Sunday’s screening of food basket applications for those in need.
Chimes for Charity — sponsored by the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes and supported by community contributions — is in its 78th year of providing food, clothing and toys to less fortunate families around Obion County at Christmas.
Shopping tours held earlier this month provided clothing, as well as toys, to about 375 less fortunate children of all ages from city and county schools and local Head Start programs.
The next big event to help those in need will be the Christmas Eve delivery of 350 food baskets to families and individuals across the county.
A total of 478 food basket applications had been received at the Chimes office as of Friday, according to secretary Regina Hendon. The deadline to submit applications was Nov. 21.
The screening of those applications and routing will be done Sunday, she added.
The food baskets will be delivered early Christmas Eve morning to families and individuals in need, and many volunteers from the community will be needed for basket sorting, packing and delivery.
The sorting of basket items will begin at 1 p.m. Dec. 22 at the county school bus garage in Troy, followed by packing Dec. 23 at 1 p.m. at the bus garage. Delivery will begin at 7 a.m. Dec. 24, with routes to be announced at packing.
Chimes’ annual radio/TV telethon — a major fund raiser for the organization — will kick off Monday night and continue through Thursday night at Second Baptist Church on Everett Boulevard in Union City. The program will run from 6-7:30 nightly.
The program will feature local entertainment each evening and will be broadcast on AM radio station WENK-1240 and local television channel WOBT. Listeners and viewers will be asked to phone in pledges to benefit Chimes, with many contributions often made in honor of entertainers or in memory of loved ones.
Chimes’ goal this year is $55,000, an increase of $5,000 over last year’s goal.
Donations may be mailed to Chimes for Charity, P.O. Box 661, Union City, TN 38281.
This year’s telethon entertainment will include Pleasant Valley Preschool, the Obion County Children’s Chorus and Exchange Street Church of Christ’s children’s group on Monday night; Calvary Baptist Church’s Singing Hands, First Friends Preschool and Immaculate Conception preschool on Tuesday night; Second Baptist Church’s preschool and K-5 choirs and the Fulton Independent School Choir on Dec. 5; and Kare Bear Preschool and Union City Elementary School’s Chorus Kids and Voices of UCES on Dec. 6.
The telethon will be emceed each night by Jim Adcock, 1977 Jaycees president.
According to the schedule, guests will include: Monday, Union City Director of Schools Gary Houston, UCES principal George Leake and past J’Cettes president and Chimes chairman Catherine Nailling; Tuesday, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee CPO Vencent Bell and past Jaycees Robin Wood, Robert Wood, also a past Chimes chairman, and Steve Goodrich; Dec. 5, Chimes co-chairmen Justin Stokes and Nell Garrigan and 1982 Jaycees president Larry Storie; and Dec. 6, Obion County Director of Schools David Huss, former Chimes secretary and J’Cettes member Lindsay Frilling and past Chimes chairman Arisa Moses, the current J’Cettes chaplain.
For more information, call the Chimes office at 885-2098 or email chimesforcharity@yahoo.com.
Published in The Messenger 11.28.12

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