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Christmas Friends within $5,000 of goal

Christmas Friends Inc., a gift-giving program in its 23rd year of helping the less fortunate of Middlesex County, will deliver hundreds of gifts to the needy on Saturday, December 20.

Donations are still needed to keep the program operating. The fund-raising goal for Christmas Friends this year remains at $25,000, the same as last year.

“We hope people will remember the needy that we have in the area,” said secretary and shopping director Bettie Lee Gaskins, noting that all funds donated to Christmas Friends go directly to help the needy children and disabled or low income elderly of Middlesex. All workers are volunteers and there are no administrative fees.

This holiday season Christmas Friends is helping more than 285 low-income and elderly residents of Middlesex County, said Gaskins.

Christmas Friends Inc. is co-sponsored by the Southside Sentinel and the Middlesex County Department of Social Services.

Since its creation in 1986, Christmas Friends Inc. has worked with the Middlesex County Department of Social Services, which carefully screens all applicants for eligibility. Applicants must meet strict income guidelines set by Christmas Friends Inc. and Middlesex Social Services.

Tax-deductible donations should be made payable to Christmas Friends Inc., c/o Southside Sentinel, P.O. Box 549, Urbanna, VA 23175. Call 758-2328 for more information visit our Christmas Friends page.

Contributors will be recognized as Christmas Friends and their donations will be listed in the Southside Sentinel. Contributors who wish to remain anonymous should request that their donations be listed as such. Memorial contributions will also be acknowledged.

This week, $5,595 in donations were received. As of December 9, a total of $19,850 in donations had been received.

Recent Christmas Friends contributors include:

Merry Christmas from Jay and Carol McNamara, $150.
Ken and Joanne Moore, $50.
In memory of Jim by Martha Engard, $50.
During these hard times, this is in honor of our Urbanna Merchants by Barbara Fasig, $100.
Anonymous, $50.
Peggy and Walter Palmer, $100.
Bill Crump, $50.
Anonymous, $100.
Reed and Susan Prugh, $100.
In memory of John D. Lemons Jr. from Bill, Blair, Palmer, Sophie and Peyton Curdts, $100.
Juanita Perrins, $25.
Kenneth McAuley Sr., $50.
Brotherhood of Christ Church, $600.
In memory of Joe Mirabite by Helen Chandler, $200.
Anonymous, $50.
Winston and Sandra Wright, $50.
In loving memory of Mathew Thompson Jr. by the Landon Family, $25.
Anonymous, $100.
Alice and Robert Winslow, $100.
Beth and Mike Hurd, $100.
In memory of Cynthia Barlowe with love from her family, $100.
Jack and Helen Tarran, $50.
In memory of Barbara Shores by Ed and Robin Starbird, $100.
In memory of Barbara Shores by the Susanna Wesley Group, $50.
In memory of George M. Williams, $25.
In memory of Calvin L. Baughan, $25.
In memory of my mother Henny Vandersleen by Anke Fisher, $100.
In memory of Darrell Meade by Sue Meade, $50.
Jerry and Judy Whidby, $100.
Charles and Betsy Bristow, $150.
Richard and Deborah Haynes, $100.
Friday Night Gang, $200.
Harvey and Mary Helen Morgan, $100.
In memory of Dr. Felton by Marie Felton, $50.
Anonymous, $175.
Curt and Genie Saunders and staff, $150.
Phil and Shirley Allan, $100.
Jane and Chip Hall, $50.
In memory of William T. and Louise H. Miller and Lynn Faulkner by Elaine M. (Tommie) Faulkner and Joan M. Hines and families, $100.
Lions Club of Middlesex County, $500.
In memory of Gordon Cook Woodard by Carol Fisher, $100.
In memory of Aubrey Greene by Doris Greene, $50.
Gary and Deborah Cook, $200.
Basil and Beth Hurst, $50.
Holly B. Jonak, $50.
Given by Kenny and Bernice Wyatt in memory of grandson, Justin Wyatt, $50.
Frances and Alan Miller, $25.
Mildred W. Ailsworth, $100.
In memory of Gilbert Olsen by the Olsen Family, $25.
Pat and Don Tyrrell, $40.
In memory of my friend Robert Tynes by Anne Carey, $100.
In honor of our Middlesex Friends by Betty and Emmett Wier, $100.
Forest Chapel Methodist Church, $50.
Nancy J. Simmons, $25.
Dana and Richard Rosanelli, $25.
James A. Monroe Jr., $30.
Forest Chapel Methodist Church Men, $50.
In memory of loved ones by Sal and Lorie, $100.
Total received this week— $5,595.
Total previous week— $14,255.
Donations received as of Dec. 9—$19,850.

posted 12.11.2008

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