|Chimes telethon hits halfway point; donations needed |
|Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 8:59 pm |
| By CHRIS MENEES |
At the halfway mark of this week’s fund-raising telethon, Chimes for Charity is almost a third of the way to reaching this year’s $55,000 goal.
Obion Countians stepped up Tuesday with $10,990 in pledges during the second night of Chimes’ annual radio/TV telethon — bringing the total raised so far to $16,880.
Tuesday night’s total was boosted by two large donations — one from Shotokan Academy and the other from Union City Walmart employees.
“These really helped raise the total,” Chimes secretary Regina Hendon said.
The Chimes telethon began Monday night and will run through Thursday night at Union City’s Second Baptist Church on Everett Boulevard, with the event staged from 6-7:30 nightly.
It is being aired on local AM radio station WENK-1240 and television station WOBT. Each evening, listeners and viewers are asked to call 885-1240 during the broadcast to make donations to benefit the Chimes program.
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.
Its programs include shopping tours to provide clothing for children and a Christmas Eve food basket delivery.
Chimes’ goal this year is $55,000, an increase of $5,000 over last year’s goal, and the telethon is a major fund raiser for the charitable organization.
The 90-minute telethon programs feature local guests and entertainers each evening. Among those on hand to delight the crowd Tuesday night were Calvary Baptist Church’s Singing Hands, First Friends Preschool from Union City First United Methodist Church and Immaculate Conception Preschool.
Published in The Messenger 12.5.12