Whitmire preparing for holiday season
Elyssa Parnell Staff Writer
WHITMIRE — The Whitmire Jaycees are accepting applications for the Christmas Cheer Fund until Nov. 7 in an effort to make sure no child in need goes without this holiday season.
The Cheer Fund has been done in Whitmire for many years, but was taken over by the Whitmire Jaycees group five to six years ago, said Sue Hollingsworth, who helped organize the program this year.
Hollingsworth said the Cheer Fund is a program designed to have churches, businesses or families sponsor a Whitmire child who might be in need for the upcoming holiday season.
Letters have already been sent out to local businesses and churches to make them aware of the need within their community, according to Hollingsworth.
Hollingsworth said sponsoring a child this Christmas season is simple. By contacting members of the Whitmire Jaycees, they can get a family, business or church group set up with a child. With each child, information is provided such as gender, age, clothing sizes, etc., to give a better idea of what needs they might have.
“We don’t expect them to spend much,” Hollingsworth said. “Maybe $50 to $75 per child.”
Monetary donations are also acceptable. Checks can be made payable to the Whitmire Jaycees, specifying that the money go toward the Whitmire Cheer fund. The checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 173 in Whitmire.
“A separate account has been set up for the project,” Hollingsworth said.
For more information on donating or about the project contact Hollingsworth at 694-3797, Christina Gilliam at 694-9251, Tammy Moss at 924-1597 or Amy Silvers 944-1959.
Other upcoming holiday festivities in the Whitmire area include the annual tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 next to the Christmas tree on Main Street.
On Dec. 14, Whitmire will have its Christmas parade at noon, with the lineup beginning at 11 a.m. Hollingsworth said the lineup will begin at Owens Avenue, also know as the old Railroad Avenue.
Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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