The 38th annual Dyersburg-Dyer County Union Mission Community Christmas Card allows local residents to honor the true spirit of the season as they send their neighbors Christmas cheer. In addition to eliminating the tedious task of addressing envelopes, the initiative provides an opportunity for residents to help support the Dyersburg-Dyer County Union Mission, a ministry that is hard at work all year long.
The project benefits the work of the Mission's many ministries, including its after-school youth programs, New Life Youth Camp and the Community Café.
To be included in the card, participating residents may name the amount of their donation.
"Any amount is appreciated," said Dyersburg-Dyer County Union Mission Executive Director Neal Chatham.
Beverly Green has participated in the Community Christmas Card program since it was sponsored by the Northwest Tennessee Academy of Medicine Auxiliary. She was instrumental in the Union Mission Auxiliary taking over the program when the Medical Auxiliary disbanded.
Green and former Mission Auxiliary members Randa Ragan and Brenda Guess have volunteered to keep the fundraiser going after the Mission Auxiliary disbanded, as well. This year, the group will have the help of the Mission's Laura Butler.
Green said many members of the community budget the fundraiser into their giving. Instead of sending out Christmas cards, participants allocate the money to support the Mission. The amount donated is strictly up to the resident.
Contributions to the Community Christmas Card will be accepted through Monday, Dec. 17. The tax-deductible donations may also be made in honor or memory of a loved one.
The card will be printed in the Sunday, Dec. 23 edition of the State Gazette. Names in the ad will appear as they do on the check, unless stated otherwise.
To participate in the Community Christmas Card, simply mail a check made out to the Dyersburg-Dyer County Union Mission to Beverly Green, 801 Acadian Blvd., Dyersburg, TN 38024.
Those interested in more information may contact Green at 285-6402.