Donations have passed the $10,000 mark in the 36th annual Sharing at Christmas program that provides holiday help for families in need in Union County.
New Albany Gazette readers have donated $10,429 so far to the program, sponsored by the Gazette with the help of many community volunteers, is $20,000. The program provides about 250 families with food assistance and toys for their children.
Each selected family will receive a large box of food. Families with children in the home also will receive age-appropriate toys. The boxes will be delivered to families a few days before Christmas.
The Gazette’s Sharing at Christmas program accepts non-tax deductible donations of money and new toys from individuals, businesses and civic groups. All of the money collected goes to help those in need; no administrative costs are incurred.
A donation coupon appears in each issue of the Gazette. Names of those who donate, along with the donation amount, will appear in a list in each issue of the Gazette until after Christmas.
Readers also may make a donation in honor of another person, in memory of someone, or may have their donation listed as anonymous. Just check the desired box on the newspaper coupon.
The donation, along with the donation coupon, may be mailed to Sharing at Christmas, P.O. Box 300, New Albany, MS 38652 or dropped off at the Gazette office.
The list of donors so far to the campaign:
Brenda Wood, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Joe K. Robbins, Jr., $50.
Anonymous, in honor of Dewey Davidson, $50.
Kenneth Morton, in memory of Gerald P. Maxey, $50.
Calvary Nite Circle, $100.
Phyllis Stanford, $100.
In honor of Hillcrest Sunday School Girls Class 1-2, toys.
Gates of Praise Ministries, toys.
Buzzy Clayton Sunday School, $200.
Dr. and Mrs. Richard Russell, $50.
Graham and Sarah Spencer, $100.
Dr. Joe and Linda Martin, in memory of Linda Martin, $150.
Lugie Brown’s Sunday School Class, First Baptist Church, New Albany, $100.
Rita Ann Dillard, in memory of Mrs. Opal Russell, $25.
Nora R. Keasler, in memory of Hubert C. and Onice Hall, $100.
Annette and John Hickey, $50.
Myrtle United Methodist Ladies Circle, in memory of Elizabeth Gladney, $50.
New Albany Middle School FAC, $14 and toys.
Phillip Henry, $20.
Clyde Henry, $20.
Kathy Race, $20.
Blake Morman, in honor of his Pop and Granny, Sidney and Norma Morman, $40 and toys.
George and Helen Shelton, $50.
Flatwood Grove Church of the Living God, Act of Kindness Fund, $25.
Zion Chapel MB Church, Women’s Ministry, $100.
Young at Heart, Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, $50.
John Stroud Agency, $250.
New Albany Civitan Club, $100.
Elizabeth Foster, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Smith, $50.
New Albany High School 1960 Class Remembers, $240.
Larry and Lou McQuary, in memory of Dianna Swann, $50.
Anonymous. In honor of Dean Stimpson, $20.
Kaiden Gaines, toys.
Jane Myers, $100.
Maggie McKinney, toys.
Mississippi on Wheels, $200.
Union Prospect Baptist Church, $300.
Ingomar United Methodist Church Senior Ladies Sunday School, $25.
Jackie Wise, in honor of Kyle, Matt and Maggie Dodd, and Mckensie Wise, toys.
Calvary Methodist Children’s Department, $10.
Randy and Sherry Browning, $100.
William and Ann Bevill, $25.
Margaret Ellis Rogers, $25.
Ms. Jean Kent, in memory of James P. and Jerry Kent, $20.
Irene Jackson and Mary Pewett, in memory of their sister, Johnnie Laverne White, $30.
Don Parker, $300.
Anonymous, in memory of Lynn Gaines and Mable Grisham, $40.
Jeff and Kristen Olson, in memory of Tracy Olson, $100.
J.O.Y. Sunday School Class, Hillcrest Baptist Church, $50.
New Albany Rotary Club, $2,250.
Shelby Hare, in memory of Barbara Ford and David Bishop, $25.
Mr. and Mrs. Tim Sullivan, in memory of Dr. Barry Sullivan, $35.
D.W. and Nancy Dewbre, $50 and toys.
Dr. R. H. Bostwick III, $100.
Perrin and Jean Drummond, $50.
Joe Robbins Jr., $50.
Parks Baptist Women Sunday School Class, in honor of Ann Tharp and Elaine Roberts, $100.
Winnie Wilson, in memory of Joey Wilson, $100.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Morgan, in honor of Zack and Betty Jo Stewart, $50.
Vance Corder, $25.
Laina Corder, $25.
The Independent Club, $25.
Margaret/Martha Swain, in honor of parents, $50.
Jerl Jeter, $100.
Wayne Smith, $50
George and Sandra Gafford, $25.
Ladies Adult III Class, Wallerville Baptist Church, in honor of teachers, Brenda Carr and Mable Gates, $100.
Anonymous, in honor of the staff and congregation of First United Methodist Church, $250.
First Baptist Church Wayne Neal Sunday School Class, $100.
Mary D. Patton, $20.
Roy E. Johnson, in memory of Eleanor Gray Johnson, $250.
Lottie Moorman, in honor of Billy Moorman, $50.
The Union County Literacy Council, in memory of Margaret Gaines, $100.
Dr. and Mrs. Eric Frohn, $300.
Dr. and Mrs. James Thornton, in memory of Dr. Bruce Bullwinkle, $50.
Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Dodds, in memory of W.C. and Azie Lee Dodds, $100.
Emma Hillebrecht, in memory of Albert and Pauline Neumann, $50.
Anonymous, in memory of Joe Byers, $100.
Metal Management Mississippi, $500.
Marshall and Shelia Robbins, $250.
Helen and W.T. Bennett, $100.
Patty Barmer, toys.
Neta Thompson, toys
Lane and Marilyn Austin Heard, in honor of Mavis Heard, $100.
Doris Jackson, in memory of Virgil Jackson, $20.
Calvary Methodist Church Men’s Club, $250.
Frances L. Gardner, $25.
Anonymous, in memory of Sonny Faulkner, $25.
Anonymous, in memory of Dwight Williams, $25.
Rusty Killough, $20.
Anne J. Stephens, $100.
Junta Club, $50.
Zion Baptist Church, $200.
Margaret/Martha Swain, $50.
Jimmy Lindsey, $25.
David and Lynda Coleman, in memory of Paul Coleman, $50.
Wayne and Jenny Mitchell, $50.