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Christmas Friends giving, shopping & wrapping in full swing

Gift boxes are needed for Christmas Friends Inc., which is now in its 32nd year of helping the less fortunate of Middlesex County. Small shipping boxes can be left at the back door of the Sentinel anytime.

Gifts will be delivered on Saturday, December 16. One more large van is needed, without back seats, that can hold 25-30 bags for a single delivery area. Please call Geanie Longest 758-2328 ext. 101.

Christmas Friends is a community-based program that brings together those who want to make Christmas brighter for hundreds of local needy children, and elderly or disabled adults. 

To get the most from your charitable donation, consider giving to Christmas Friends—all funds go directly to help the needy of Middlesex. All workers are volunteers and there are no administrative fees.   

The fund-raising goal for Christmas Friends this year is $27,000. Last year, Christmas Friends spent $30,455 on gifts for 301 people. In 2016, the community donated $27,277 and Christmas Friends helped 212 children and 89 elderly or disabled adults, said Christmas Friends secretary and shopping director Bettie Lee Gaskins.

More than 100 volunteers are finishing up shopping for recipients.

Gifs will be wrapped at the Sentinel office on Saturday, December 9, and, if needed, on Sunday, December 10. If you can help on Dec. 10, please call Geanie Longest at the Southside Sentinel at 758-2328, ext. 101 or email her at    

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. As of December 5, donations total $16,572.50.

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.

Donations this week total $6,060 and include: 
In memory of Walt and Ruth Ellen Hurley, $300.
“In honor of the Town of Urbanna and the good people who live here” by Chip and Mary Buxton-Urbanna, $200.
Bob and Kris Scherrer, $300.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Leasure Jr., $100.
Leasures Wrecker Service Inc., $100.
In memory of our aunts Ernestine and Elsie Haynes, $100.
In memory of a wonderful Lady, Marie Suyes, $200.
In memory of Joe and Hyacinth Major by Mary E. Shaheen and Family, $100.
Anonymous, $50.
In memory of Jim by Nennie Lennon, $75.
In memory of Justin Wyatt by Grandparents, Kenny and Bernice Wyatt, $50.
Linwood and Patricia Loving, $100.
In memory of Jess Saunders by Mom, Dad, Vance, Meredith, Austin, Maria and Emma, $200.
Nimcock Gallery, $50.
Richard and Marilyn Cox, $100.
In memory of Syd Thrift by Dolly Thrift, $300.
John and Kristi Anzivino, $50.
Clyde and Gayle Stewart, $100.
In memory of John E. Hunt by Chuck and Stephanie Hunt, $50.
In memory of Ted Vest by Connie Vest, $100.
Roger and Mandy on Victory Lane, $25.
Captain and Mrs. Percy Blackburn, $100.
In memory of Everett Faucett given by Freddie and Jasmine Faucett, $25.
Anonymous, $100.
In memory of Margaret and Garland Lively by David and Su Lively, $100.
Clara Christopher, $100.
In honor of Carl Dize by Don and Judy Richwine, $100.
In memory of our late great pastor Rev. Bill Sigler by Emma and Nicole Barnhardt, $50.
Christy Pitts, $100.
In memory of Hilda Faucett given by Freddie and Jasmine Faucett, $25.
Linda and Aster Young, $50.
In memory of my beautiful wife Judith Ford Campbell Eley, $1,000.
Billy the Wonder Dog, $60.
Leftwich and Jean Stone, $100.
Joseph and Tracy Pausic, $100.
In memory of Al Lum by Julia Lum, $50.
In honor of Doris D. Hunt by Connie Jessie, $25.
In honor of Deborah Figg, $100.
Wilbur B. Sibley, $75.
J. Michael and Karen Gorin, $100.
In memory of John D. Lemons Jr. by Billy, Blair, Palmer, Sophie and Peyton Curdts, $100.
Robert and Alice Winslow, $100.
In memory of Kirkman, Gay, and Worley Creech and Karen C. Norris by their family, $100.
Middlesex Kiwanis, $750.

Total this week: $6,060.
Total to date: $16,572.50

posted 12.06.2017

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