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Still time for Christmas Friends to reach goal

From left, volunteer gift wrappers Jim and Jean Hill, Betty Coulson, and Ed Inabinet wrap Christmas Friends gifts earlier this month. Jim Hill, Coulson and Inabinet are all members of the Kiwanis Club of Middlesex. (Photo by Tom Hardin)

Gifts are delivered

Donations are needed to replenish Christmas Friends Inc., which is in its 28th year helping the less fortunate of Middlesex County.

The program served 300 clients this year and spent $25,920 on gifts for needy children and disabled or low-income elderly of Middlesex, reported secretary and shopping director Bettie Lee Gaskins.

The fund-raising goal for Christmas Friends this year is $26,000, but as of Tuesday only $19,776 had been donated.

All funds donated to Christmas Friends go directly to help needy children and qualifying elderly of Middlesex. All workers are volunteers and there are no administrative fees. 

Christmas Friends is a 501(c)(3) organization. Tax-deductible donations may be made payable to Christmas Friends Inc., c/o Southside Sentinel, P.O. Box 549, Urbanna, VA 23175.

Tax-deductible donations may be made payable to Christmas Friends Inc., c/o Southside Sentinel, P.O. Box 549, Urbanna, VA 23175

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

On Saturday, December 14, volunteers of Christmas Friends Inc. delivered thousands of gifts from one end of Middlesex County to the other.

In previous weeks, volunteers shopped to fulfill the “wish lists” of the recipients and others wrapped the many presents.

The names of the many volunteers are listed below.

Since its creation in 1986, a key ingredient to the success of Christmas Friends has been its partnership with the Middlesex County Department of Social Services, which screens all applicants for eligibility. 

For more information, or to volunteer for next year, call Geanie Longest at the Southside Sentinel at 758-2328 or email her at .


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Donations as of December 17 are as follows:
In memory of Beverly Silver given by Susan and Chic Silver, $100.
In memory of Imogene Clark, $100.
Helen and Leo Richardson Charitable Trust, $500.
Bob and Kris Scherrer, $150.
Lewis and Cerise Hall, $100.
In memory of Justin Wyatt, grandson, by Kenny and Bernice Wyatt, grandparents, $50.
In memory of Tom Major given by Roberta Major, $100.
In honor of Marie Anton given by Roberta Major, $25.
In honor of Mary Roddenberry given by Roberta Major, $25.
L.C. and Janice Taylor, $50.
In honor of our grandparents, Ann and Mercer Major by Andrew and Austen Taylor Dozier, $100.
In memory of our grandparents, Alemdia and Games Dozier by Andrew and Austen Taylor Dozier, $100.
Beth and Basil Hurst, $75.
Saluda Baptist Church Adult Sunday School Class, $50.
In memory of our parents by Ed and Anke Fisher, $100.
Anonymous, $100.
Mr. and Mrs. M.G. Folkes Jr., $100.
Alan and Fran Miller, $25.
Leasure’s Wrecker Service Inc., $100.
In memory of Middlesex High School Class of 1969 good friends not forgotten: Tom Ward, Hugh Dunlevy, Deborah Major Mitchem, from Linda Leasure, $100.
Juanita R. Perrins, $25.
In loving memory of Sandra Bray Jacobson by Ken Jacobson, $200.
Richard and Pat Marshall, $100.
In memory of our parents who are missed every day by George and Jeanne Themides, $50.
In memory of Christy, Cody, Chris and Caleb given by Grandaddy and Granma Carlton, $250.
In memory of Syd Thrift by Dolly Thrift, $300.
In memory of Hersey Mason, $100.
Mason Realty, $100.
Forest and Linda Bogan, $50.
Richard and Deborah Haynes, $100.
Urbanna Lodge No. 83, $250.
In memory of Kenny Williams Jr. given by Mama and Daddy, $50.
Dave and Linda Cryer, $500.
In memory of Thomas Bland Norman given by Barbara and John M. Bareford Jr., $100.
In memory of Marden and John M. Bareford Sr. given by Barbara and John M. Bareford Jr., $100.
In memory of Fay N. Willaford given by Barbara and John M. Bareford Jr., $25.
Anonymous, $25.
Larry and Zani Autry, $50.
In memory of our parents, Scott and Nancy Campbell, $50.
In loving memory of Jerry Nelson Hill by Helen and Roger Hopper and Margaret Brown, $100.
In loving memory of our grandparents, Louise and Joseph Funai, and mom, Laura G. Butler, given by David and Brenda Butler, $200.
In memory of Carol Montgomery, $100.
In memory of our families given by Boyd and Janet Loving, $100.
Michael and Catherine Cottrell, $100.
Perry and Joan Mason, $100.
Scott and Melissa Brannan, $250.
In memory of Duval Robins and Vernon Robins by Jeff Robins, $50.

Total this week: $5,475.
Total to date: $19,776.07

posted 12.18.2013

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