BY O.J. EARLY
Frigid temperatures are unbiased, touching all types of people.
That includes large families with small children and few resources to meet their needs, including the need for warmth.
The Coal Fund exists to help Greeneville/Greene County families in situations such as these.
"This family really tries, but it is so difficult for them to meet monthly expenses," said Carmen Ricker, referring to one local family that has applied for Coal Fund assistance.
Ricker is executive director of Greeneville/Greene County Community Ministries. She was speaking this week about a local family of six.
The mother of four children is now unable to work because of health reasons, and the father's income now supports the whole family.
The 2013 Christmas Coal Fund is also meeting the needs of another Greene County family, this one consisting of a father, two children and two grandchildren.
"The grandchildren were just recently added as household members. The father is disabled, and his disability check is the family income," Ricker said.
"What is noteworthy to me is that, no matter how bad things get for some families, there is always room for other family members who fall on hard times."
"Even though this is an added burden, there is also enough love and caring to some way handle the problems," she added.
The 2013 Christmas Coal Fund Campaign, which runs through Dec. 31, has so far received $75,878.90 in donations.
The campaign is sponsored by The Greeneville Sun and administered free of charge by Greeneville-Greene County Community Ministries.
If you want to contribute, here's how you do it: 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
The Coal Fund is considered one of the outreaches of Greeneville-Greene County Community Ministries, Inc., so contributions are deductible for federal income tax purposes.
Becuase Community Ministries staff administer the Coal Fund without charge, 100 percent of all contributions to the Fund goes to help keep local people warm during the cold months ahead this winter.
Contributions to the Coal Fund as of Dec. 13 that were not previously reported are:
* Mount Pleasant Cumberland Presbyterian Church, $120;
* Gary and Cynthia Chapman, $50;
* Charles and Joe Anne Lintz, $100;
* Pine Springs Baptist Church, $1,000;
* Anonymous, $200;
* Concord Baptist Church, $600;
* The Greene Herb Society, $100;
* Mohawk Girls, $55;
* Robert and Betty Winters, $50;
* Jerry A. Butler, $25;
* Gleaner's Class of Baileyton United Methodist Church, $50;
* Anonymous, $100;
* Robert and Eva Bird, $100;
* Margie Douthat-Williams, $100;
* Anonymous, $2,000;
* Dr. and Mrs. James F. Easterly Jr., $100;
* Mount Carmel United Methodist Church Men's Bible Class, $50;
* Charles and Barbara Hartman, $50;
* In memory of Kyle Hartman by Suzy Hartman , $200;
* In honor of 2 grandsons by Anonymous, $100;
* Ronald Joseph Antczak, $50;
* Dale and Wanda Brockway, $200;
* Roy Klumb, $1,000;
* Max S. Amoss Jr. and Lola L. Kambri, $100;
* In honor of Dr. Laura L. Urban by Greeneville Eye Clinic Employees, $32.50;
* In honor of Buddy Yonz by Unaka Employees, $100;
* Anonymous, $250;
* Friends, $1,000;
* In honor of Mary Ruth Edds by Susan and Dan Jackson, $50;
* The Lighthouse Chat Room Sunday School Class of Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church, $100;
* Midway United Methodist Church Senior Youth Group and Senior Sunday School Class, $195;
* Lowell and Pam Easterly, $100;
* Zion Presbyterian Church, $200;
* Zion ICE Club, $110;
* The Newcomer's Club, $20;
* Anonymous, $200;
* In memory of Ethel Caldwell and Dixie Johnson by J & D Hook, $400;
* First Presbyterian Church, $1,050;
* Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church, $616.40;
* In memory of Kathleen Jones by Jay and Betty Stockton, $25;
* The Friendship Class of Reformation Lutheran Church, $50;
* In memory of Richard and Ozelle Hayes by Bill and Glenna Reynolds, $100;
* In honor of Elaine Jaynes and staff of First Christian Church, $115;
* Dr. and Mrs. Charles A. Montgomery, $500;
* Anonymous, $100;
* Bobbie Pierce Study Group of Asbury United Methodist Church, $105;
* Dr. and Mrs. Maynard W. Austin, $500;
* In honor of Mary Carmack by The Dorcas Class of First Baptist Church, $100;
* James and Nellie Whittenburg, $100;
* Liberty Hill United Methodist Church, $100;
* Bradburn Hill United Methodist Women, $100;
* John and Hilda Pickering, $200;
* Donald E. and Charlotte Wilhoit, $100;
* Whitaker and Rita Rees, $200;
* Robert and Catherine Brown, $50.00;
* In memory of Matilda Bowen by Doug and Tina Archbold, $50;
* In memory of Jean Broyles by Doug and Tina Archbold, $50;
* Freddy and Charlsie Anderson, $50;
* Mrs. Carl Davenport Jr., $200;
* Gleaner's Guild Sunday School Class of Clear Springs United Methodist Church, $100;
* In loving memory and honor of Allan (Al) Reitzer by his devoted wife Lynn Reitzer, $300;
* New Lebanon Baptist Church WMU, $100;
* Kenneth and Patsy Gustavsen, $500;
* In memory of James Black, Jr., Dartha M. Black, LaBrow Merrriweather, and in honor of Haven J. M. Black by Marisa A. Black, $40;
* Susanna Wesley Class of Asbury United Methodist Church, $100;
* Linda G. Morelock, $100;
* Dana Michelle Williams, $100;
* Anonymous, $200;
* In memory of Ken Neal by Anonymous, $100;
* Anonymous, $1,500;
* The Don Alexander Class of Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church, $100;
* In Loving memory of Elijah Lee Chapman by Emilea, Danny, Robin and Brandon Chapman, $100;
* Weems Chapel United Methodist Church, $100, and
* The Fidelis Class of Trinity United Methodist Church, $200.