Chimes shopping tour scheduled for Sunday
Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 9:07 pm
By CHRIS MENEES
It’s time to shop.
Chimes for Charity’s annual children’s shopping tour — which provides new winter clothing for less fortunate children across Obion County — will be staged Sunday at Walmart Supercenter in Union City.
The event will begin at 1 p.m. and many volunteers will be needed, according to organizers.
This year, 360 children of all ages chosen from Obion County and Union City schools will be treated to clothing courtesy of Chimes, sponsored by the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes and generously supported by contributions from the community.
Sunday’s shopping event will provide clothing for 310 children from pre-kindergarten through age 14, with each child allotted $115 worth of new clothing and then given a $10 toy during a visit with Santa after shopping.
A separate shopping tour will be held later this week for 50 Head Start children, who will each be treated to $75 worth of clothing, plus a $10 toy.
Lots of volunteers will be needed Sunday afternoon to help the school-age children select their new clothing, and veteran volunteers often report this pre-Thanksgiving activity is one of their favorite Chimes events leading up to Christmas. Volunteers often come from church or school groups.
Chimes secretary Regina Hendon said the children chosen to shop will arrive at staggered times, by schools, throughout the afternoon. They will arrive at designated times between 1 and 4 p.m. — which means volunteers also have the convenience of arriving at various times throughout the afternoon to help.
“We need lots of volunteers and they can come any time to help,” she said.
Volunteers should check in with the Union City Jaycees and J’Cettes at the front of the Walmart store on the Garden Center side, where they will receive instructions.
Each of the children chosen to shop will arrive at the store with a list of their clothing and shoe sizes for shoppers’ convenience and volunteers will be paired with the children to help them make sensible selections. They will receive new clothing that ranges from warm coats, gloves and shoes to school clothes and underwear — with volunteers asked to always inquire about the need for a winter coat before choosing other items.
Volunteers of all ages will be welcomed, according to organizers, but those younger than age 16 should plan to assist an older shopper while shopping with a child.
Other ways to help
Chimes for Charity is in its 78th year of providing food, clothing and toys to less fortunate families around Obion County at Christmas. The program relies on contributions from individuals, businesses, churches and organizations throughout the community in order to fund its many projects to help those in need.
Monetary donations may be mailed to Chimes for Charity, P.O. Box 661, Union City, TN 38281.
This year’s Chimes goal is $55,000 — all of which will help fund the children’s shopping tours for clothing, toys for children and the Christmas Eve delivery of food baskets to less fortunate families and individuals around Obion County, according to Chimes co-chairmen Justin Stokes and Nell Garrigan.
Chimes will receive major boosts from its annual telethon Dec. 3-6 from 6-7:30 nightly at Second Baptist Church on Everett Boulevard in Union City, with the program to be broadcast on AM radio station WENK-1240 and local television station WOBT-TV; and from Santa’s Village from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7 at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Ag Pavilion, with Chimes to benefit from canned goods and toys collected that night.
Many volunteers from the community will also be needed for the upcoming food basket sorting Dec. 22 starting at 1 p.m. at the Obion County Bus Garage in Troy’s industrial park and the food basket packing Dec. 23 beginning at 1 p.m. at the bus garage, as well as the food basket deliveries the morning of Dec. 24. Departure times will vary based on delivery routes and times will be posted at the packing event.
The Chimes office is currently open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon to accept applications for the 350 food baskets to be delivered this year. Applications may be submitted by calling the Chimes office at 885-2098 and will be accepted through noon Nov. 21.
For more information about Chimes events, call the Chimes office or email Chimes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 11.13.12