I have to admit I'm one of those people who, while I love Christmas and the whole holiday season, I get a bit annoyed when the decorations and such start appearing in stores in early July. Which is why I try to limit talking about the Christmas season until later in the year, espeically on the blog.
But sometimes there are exceptions to those rules and this is one of them.
Kathy T of This is Smyrna, TN
brought to my attention a real need in Rutherford County to help some kids have a merry Christmas. I am going to copy from her original post:
Although it isn't yet Halloween - and even as we're getting ready for the awesome Trail of Treats - it's starting to look like Christmas may be cancelled this year for about 120-200 children from LaVergne and Smyrna.
Some background. Every year, Bob Parks Realty hosts Christmas parties throughout middle Tennessee for children who have been identified by school counselors as being in need of some extra support from the community. In the past, we have raised enough money to buy each child a set of clothing (including gloves, hats, and coats) and a toy. Many parents request that the children not open their gifts at the party because otherwise they won't have anything to open Christmas morning.
We need to raise $14,000 each year to make this possible. At this time, we've only raised $4,000. We've received support in LaVergne from one insurance agency (thank you Ernie Dunbar) and that's it. I am posting this to give our local businesses the opportunity to step up to the plate and make this event happen this year for the children of LaVergne and Smyrna who are not as fortunate as other kids.
If you read this and you own a company or work at a company, please please please be generous. Give us $10. Give us $100. Give us $1000. Ask your bosses if they can help. Pass the hat around the office if the company is unwilling to step-up and see if your colleagues can.
If you have any questions or you would like to make a tax-free contribution, you are welcome to contact me at 491-2161. If you don't want to talk to me, call my office and talk to my broker John Mayfield or our office manager Debbie Bricco at 459-4040. But please help. This is not for my company or for me. It's for our kids in this community. Can you help, LaVergne? Thank you.
The This is Smyrna, TN
blog has picked up the challenge as well. Thanks to Michelle, Gunner and Elizabeth for spearheading this on the blog because I've been woefully lax in my posting there.
I know there are some fund raisers planned for this challenge. There is a Skate for the Children October 10 at the Smyrna Skate Park from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Also, Michelle of This is Smyrna, TN has made some offers
to those who would like to contribute over at Smyrna blog.
I'm posting here because I may have some readers who don't necessarily visit those two sites. This needs a lot of help--not just monetarily, but we also ask for your prayers for this project. If you can give or want to give, please contact Kathy T, whose info is listed above.
Thank you for your time in reading this. We now return you to your regularily scheduled blogging about random TV shows and sports.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 10/04/2006 10:51:00 AM