Community Christmas Card is now accepting donations

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Christmas Card coordinators are seen alongside New Life Union Mission Executive Director Neal Chatham. This year’s Community Christmas Card collection efforts are now underway. Those wishing to participate are encouraged to mail in their donation prior to the Dec. 18 deadline. (L-R) Beverly Green, Randa Ragan, Neal Chatham and Brenda Guess.

RACHEL TOWNSEND

rtownsend@stategazette.com

Christmas is right around the corner and local volunteers of the Community Christmas Card are asking Dyer County to make a donation to help brighten the holiday season for underprivileged children in the area.

Now in its 43rd year, the Community Christmas Card initiative has once again partnered with New Life Union Mission to help pay forward some holiday cheer.

Coordinating the event are volunteers and former Mission Auxiliary workers Beverly Green, Randa Ragan and Brenda Guess. Through their efforts to collect donations, the Mission’s annual toy store will be able to benefit many more local children.

Over the course of its existence, the initiative has drawn much attention from the community, earning over $9,000 and more during previous years.

This year, the Mission also plans to host its very first ‘Pride for Parents’ toy store, which will allow parents to shop for toys at a greatly reduced cost, unlike previous years where all toys were given away free of charge.

Chatham feels the new toy store theme will allow parents to take pride in being able to provide Christmas for their families. Parents without financial resources are able to perform volunteer work in exchange for a gift voucher that can be used on the purchase of toys.

All money donated or spent on toys will remain in the program to purchase new toys and keep the shelves stocked.

Those wishing to participate in the Community Christmas Card are encouraged to mail their donation to Randa Ragan, 907 Cooper Dr., Dyersburg, TN 38024.

All checks should be made out to New Life Union Mission, with Toy Drive written in the memo line.

All donations are tax deductible, and MUST be received no later Monday, Dec. 18 in order to be listed in the Community Christmas Card (please allow two days for delivery).

“We accept donations of any amount,” stated Green. “Whether you are making a $10 donation or a $5 donation, any amount will help to create happiness for a child during the upcoming Christmas holiday.”

The Christmas card will be printed in the Sunday, Dec. 24 edition of the State Gazette, and will include the names of all who have made donations.

Names in the article will be printed as they appear on the check, unless stated otherwise.

“The faithful and generous support of this community makes it possible for the work of the New Life Union Mission to continue,” said Mission Executive Director Neal Chatham. “We are so grateful for localized efforts, such as the Community Christmas Card, which help us to provide Christmas to the children and young adults that we serve during the holiday season.”

For more information about the Community Christmas Card, please contact Randa Ragan at 731.285.0753.

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