By CHRIS MENEES
Chimes ended on a high note Thursday night.
The final night of this week’s Chimes for Charity telethon yielded an impressive $11,250 in pledges and donations, bringing the adjusted total raised so far to $29,644.
However, the charitable program remains over $20,000 short of this year’s $50,000 goal.
“It’s still a long way from $50,000,” said Chimes secretary Regina Hendon, who encouraged people to send in their pledges.
“It’s not too late to make a donation,” she added.
Chimes for Charity — now in its 77th year — provides 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 contributions from individuals, businesses, churches, schools and organizations in the community.
The annual telethon is a major fund raiser for Chimes and in recent years has been staged at Second Baptist Church in Union City. The four-night event features local musical entertainment and airs on AM radio station WENK-1240 and local television station WOBT, with listeners and viewers asked to call in pledges as they enjoy the program.
Thursday night’s final telethon show featured entertainment by Kare Bear Preschool, Union City Elementary School’s Chorus Kids and the school’s Voices of UCES.
Anyone who made a pledge this week is reminded to mail the donation to Chimes for Charity, P.O. Box 661, Union City, TN 38281; or drop it off at the Chimes office at Shelter Insurance at 111 West Reelfoot Ave. in Union City.
Even if someone did not call in during the telethon, a donation can still be made by sending the contribution to Chimes’ post office box or stopping by the office.
For more information, call the Chimes office at 885-2098 or send an email to email@example.com.
Ways to help
In addition to monetary donations, Chimes will benefit from the annual Santa’s Village that began Thursday night and runs through Sunday at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Ag Pavilion. Tonight is Chimes’ designated night and the program will receive non-perishable food items and toys collected as the suggested admission from attendees.
Several area businesses are also serving as drop-off locations for toys and non-perishable food items for the 2011 Chimes campaign.
In Union City, drop-off locations include: Van Heusen in the VF Outlet building at 601 Sherwood Drive; State Farm Insurance at 800 East Reelfoot Ave.; First State Bank at 100 East Reelfoot Ave.; Union City Housing Authority at 1409 East Main St.; Golden Living Center at 1105 South Sunswept Drive; Danny Larcom Heating & Air at 1600 West Main St.; Miller Family Dental Care at 1209 Russell St.; Walmart Supercenter at 1601 West Reelfoot Ave.; Computers Direct at 224 South First St.; Maurice’s at 1700 West Reelfoot Ave.; Ameriprise Financial Services at 227 South First St.; Fuller Partners Real Estate at 317 South Second St.; and Bucket’s Neighborhood Pub & Grub at 1700 West Reelfoot Ave.
Everett-Stewart Regional Airport at 1489 Airport Circle is a drop-off point outside Union City. In Troy, items can be taken to Briar Patch Flowers & Gifts at 108 South College St.
Items should be donated by Dec. 16.
Chimes will also need many volunteers for the upcoming Christmas Eve food basket packing and delivery to families in need across the county.
The sorting of items will begin at noon Dec. 22 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. Routes and departure times will be posted at the packing.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 12.9.11