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Christmas Friends exceeds goal

There is good news all around this week for Christmas Friends. On Saturday, December 16, volunteers completed the delivery of thousands of gifts to the needy of Middlesex County, and this week the 2017 fund raising goal was exceeded!

“We are truly thankful for the hundreds of generous donors and hard-working volunteers who have made the 32nd year of Christmas Friends another success,” said Christmas Friends president Fred Gaskins. Please see the “Thank You” message on page B12 for an idea of the depth of volunteers.

The fund-raising goal for Christmas Friends this year was $27,000. As of December 19, donations total $29,952.50.

Christmas Friends spent $30,370 on gifts this year for 229 children and 70 adults, said Christmas Friends secretary and shopping director Bettie Lee Gaskins.

Donations to Christmas Friends are accepted all year, and all funds go directly to help the needy of Middlesex. All workers are volunteers and there are no administrative fees.

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 also will be acknowledged.

Mail donations to Christmas Friends, c/o Southside Sentinel, P.O. Box 549, Urbanna, VA 23175, or drop them off at the Sentinel office at 276 Virginia Street in Urbanna. Make checks payable to Christmas Friends. 

Donations this week total $4,645.00 and include:
Doc Jones Auto Parts, $100.
In memory of Linda Sullivan Bogan, $100.
Jean and Ray Kotesky, $100.
In memory of Russell Sibley by his wife, Becky and Family, $50.
Anonymous, $750.
In memory of John Dunlevy by Martha, Dwayne, Crystal and Hunter, $100.
In memory of Charles Healy by William and Jennifer Edwards, $100.
In memory of Walt and Ruth Ellen Hurley by William and Jennifer Edwards, $100.
In honor of grandchildren Brett, Evan, Blair, Jack, Kate and Charlie, $50.
In memory of our good friend, Ed Koldenhoven by Brenda and Joe Oliva, $100.
In memory of my parents, Deward C. and Ruby H. Apsley by Lloyd C. Apsley, $300.
In memory of my brother John P. Apsley Sr. by Lloyd C. Apsley, $100.
In honor of Dr. James Robusto by Mike and Karen Lowe, $100.
Orlando Family, $200.
In memory of our Ya Ya (Barbara Mosby) by Ryan, Camryn, Alyssa and Taylor Dickerson, $100.
In memory of Mary, Lansing and Nick Eubank by Margaret Eubank Gerdts, $25.
Ron and Mickie McCallum, $150.
James and Virginia Shackelford, $100.
In loving honor of our family and friends by Roger and Helen Hopper, $100.
Mason Realty, $100.
In memory of Hersey Mason by Anne Mason, $100.
In memory of Irene and Byron McCandless by Lee and Giedre McCandless, $100.
In memory of Dorothy and Paul Topping from Paulette, Everett, Sharon and Tom, $200.
In memory of our mom and dad, Flora G. and C. Ernest Edwards, $100.
In memory of Thomas E. Ward by Floyd and Jean Ward, $100.
In memory of Barbara Earman by the Senior Citizens of Deltaville and the surrounding area, $120.
In memory of Charlie, H.L. and Elizabeth Revere by Revere Gas Inc., $100.
In memory of Thomas Bland Norman by Barbara and John M. Bareford Jr., $100.
In memory of Fay N. Willaford by Barbara and John M. Bareford Jr., $50.
In memory of Marden and John M. Bareford Sr. by Barbara and John M. Bareford Jr., $100.
Jeff Bliemel, $250.
In honor of our beautiful granddaughters Favour, Laila, Rainin, Adriana, Cheyenne and Victoria by Brenda and David Butler, $200.
Anonymous, $100.
Urbanna Baptist Church Harmony Sunday School Class, $200.
Previous total: $25,307.50
Total this week: $4,645.00
Total to date: $29,952.50

posted 12.21.2017

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