To 2013 Campaign
Now Top $100,500!
All Is Used For Aid
BY O.J. EARLY
Raising a grandchild is hard.
Consider one local woman: She's rearing three grandchildren and one great-grandchild on an income of Social Security plus a small retirement benefit.
"She manages to barely meet monthly expenses, and there is nothing left over in case of an emergency need," said Carmen Ricker, executive director of Greeneville/Greene County Community Ministries, Inc.
"Her request was for food and help with electricity, which is her heating source."
Citizens, churches, businesses and organizations have teamed up this year to raise $100,585.90 so far for the 2013 Christmas Coal Fund Campaign.
Sponsored annually by The Greeneville Sun for many years, the drive raises money for local residents who can't afford to heat their homes during the winter months.
"We work daily with people who are in emergency situations and need our help," said Ricker.
One example, she said, is a brother and sister who recently received assistance from the Coal Fund.
"His wife is deceased, and he has multiple health problems," Ricker said. "His sister moved into the house to help care for him."
The family needed food and propane to keep their home warm.
"With the health problems he has, a cold house would be the last thing he needed," Ricker added.
HOW TO CONTRIBUTE
The Christmas Coal Fund Campaign officially ends Dec. 31, but contributions to the Coal Fund are accepted year-round.
Here's how to contribute:
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.
Since Community Ministries staff administer the Coal Fund without charge, literally 100 percent of all contributions to the Fund goes to help keep local people warm during the cold months this winter, with nothing taken out for overhead expenses, etc.
New contributions to the fund include, as of Dec. 20:
* Dallas and Peggy Ottinger, $100;
* Anonymous, $7,500;
* Anonymous, $101;
* In honor of Hugh and Rosetta Wells by Ruth and Herbert Whitfield, $200;
* Thomas E. and Deborah A. Baggett, $200;
* Anonymous, $200;
* In memory of Mary Sue Everhart and Frances Bryant by Felty Massengill Family, $60;
* In memory of Eva Hixson Mullings by Stanley and Vickie Mullings, $100;
* Wade Harrison, $25;
* Willoughby Cumberland Presbyterian Church, $100;
* Anonymous, $150;
* Bethany Freewill Baptist Church, $250;
* Harry and Mildred Rule, $50;
* Anonymous, $50;
* Anonymous, $100;
* In memory of Ann Gaut by Garry Kugler, $100;
* Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, $500;
* The Middle Adult Class of Cedar Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church, $100;
* Richard Havens and Dianna Daun Cardwell, $50;
* Anonymous, $505;
* Julia Fink, $200;
* Danny and Sandra Williams and Jordan Williams, $100;
* Anonymous, $100;
* In honor of Widows on a Journey by Charlottte Peters, $25;
* William and Shirley Kelly, $100;
* In memory of Don Hartman and Bill Wilhoit by A. J. Harmon, $100;
* Midway United Methodist Church Allen's Sunday School Class, $100;
* In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Fannon, $50;
* In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Sexton, $50;
* In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hogan, $50;
* In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Fannon, $50;
* In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Edie Willingham, $50;
* In memory of Mr. Connie Sexton, $50;
* In memory of Mr. and Mrs. T. O. Luttrell, $50;
* In memory of Joe Bob Sexton, $50;
* In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Blue by Anonymous, $50;
* In memory of Bruce and Leo Kilday and Reece and Jane Self by Jack B. and Nancy Kilday, $200;
* Buford and Imogene Shipley, $100;
* First Baptist Church Senior Co-Ed Class, $100;
* Dr. Jerry F. and Carolyn Ward, $200;
* Cedar Creek F.C.E. Club, $100;
* Stevie Hughes, $5,000;
* In memory of Jim, Vivian and John Kiser by The Family, $300;
* In honor of The James Bullock Family by Mr. and Mrs. El Pennington, $100;
* George C. Mays, $250;
* Trinity United Methodist Church Seekers Class, $100;
* Mr. and Mrs. Billy B. Brown, $70;
* Baileyton Golden Girls, $35;
* In memory of Charlie and Rose Wampler and Bill and Betty Wampler Susong by Wayne and Mary Jo Susong, $100;
* In memory of Grover C. and Lorena Bird, D. W. and Kate Keasling, and Raymond and Mary Keasling Bird by Wayne and Mary Jo Bird Susong, $100;
* Robert W. King, $100;
* S. E. C. Equipment, Inc., $100;
* Don and Marie Johnson, $100;
* Fannye Jones, $25;
* Jones Memorial AME Zion Church, $100;
* Charlotte Thomas, $100;
* Greenlawn Brotherhood, $55;
* Food City Parade Crew, $30;
* The Hattie Bryant Missionary Circle of Friendship Baptist Church, $100;
* In Honor of North Greene High School Principal Amanda Weems and Assistant Principal Chris Gardenhour by North Greene Faculty, $100;
* In honor of Brenda Jones by Brad and Paige Peters, $100;
* Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church Married Class, $100, and
* Thomas L. and Christine Kilday, $500.