Fund Helping Many
Keep Homes Warm;
Now Top $118,000
BY O.J. EARLY
Surrounded by loved ones and friends, many Greene County families rang in the New Year a few hours ago.
For other Greene Countians, though, New Year's Eve was not as much fun. For some, it was just another night of trying to ward off frigid temperatures.
Consider this situation: before the Coal Fund stepped in to help, a local single parent with three school-aged children had been forced to shut off electricity in her home for financial reasons.
"This parent is always in financial difficulty," said Carmen Ricker, longtime executive director of Greeneville-Greene County Community Ministries.
"She does have family, but during the Christmas holiday, they could not help. She was forced to shut off her electricity."
Ricker added: "She came in saying she did not know what she was going to do -- and electricty was her heating source. Once again Coal Fund money was available, and this emergency need was met."
In another case, a four-person family -- consisting of an uncle, his middle-aged, disabled nephew and two young children -- was assisted by the campaign this year.
The financial support for this family was the uncle's monthly Social Security check.
"He will be adding the children to his food stamps, and that will help with food need," Ricker said. "When he came in, there was a dire need for food, and kerosene to heat the house."
The 2013 Christmas Coal Fund Campaign has for many years been sponsored annually by The Greeneville Sun and administered without any charge by the Community Ministries staff,.
As is the custom, the campaign began on Thanksgiving Day and formally ended Dec. 31, with donations so far rising to a total of $118,379.75!
Since any contributions mailed in on the 31st, and perhaps on the 30th, would not have been received and recorded in the Community Ministries office in time for today's report, a final 2013 Christmas Coal Fund Campaign update is scheduled for Saturday's issue of the Sun.
Ricker also points out that, although the formal campaign concluded Tuesday night, contributions to the Coal Fund are very welcome year-round.
Gifts in the form of either checks or cash may be delivered directly to the Community Ministries office at 107 N. Cutler St., between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays. Checks should be made payable to The Coal Fund.
Contributions also can be mailed to:
The Coal Fund
P.O. Box 545
Greeneville, TN 37745
Because the Coal Fund is considered one of the outreaches of Greeneville-Greene County Community Ministries Inc., contributions are deductible for federal income tax purposes.
Moreover, since Community Ministries staff administer the Coal Fund without charge, 100 percent of all contributions go to help keep local people warm during the cold months.
New contributions received since the last report include:
* Robert E. and Diane L. Jordan, $100;
* Mark A. and Jeanne F. Stokes, $50;
* Glenn D. and Gladys Renner, $100;
* The Men of Faith of Mount Hebron United Methodist Church, $75;
* In loving memory of Buddy Anderson and Ann Anderson Parker by Minnie Anderson and Family, $100;
* In honor of Gary Brooks by Willing Workers Sunday School Class of Mount Zion United, $80;
* Gene and Fredia Proffitt, $100;
* Charles A. and Eva Grey Hutchins, $100;
* Anonymous, $500;
* B. J. Griffin and Juanita Scott, $100;
* Dr. Keith E. and Karen E. Weiss, $250;
* Juanita Ramsey, $50;
* In honor of Elizabeth (Brit) Reaves by First Presbyterian Church Trinity Class, $100;
* Steve and Marcia Parsons, $100;
* Anonymous, $500;
* Two People Who Care, $500;
* In memory of Mr. and Mrs. James B. Linebarger and Mr. and Mrs. Jay Sauls by Michael and Frances Sauls, $100;
* West Pines Elementary School Students, $107.85;
* Dorothy Greene Trust, $2,500;
* In memory of Robert "Bob" Drain by Ruth Dinwiddie, $50;
* In honor of Leah, Jake, Nils and Tim by Philip and Le Anne Thwing, $1,000;
* Darwyn and Virginia Waddell, $500;
* Bill and Melinda Hickerson, $250, and
* In memory and in honor of members of Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church by Bill and Aline Kinworthy, $256.