The fund hopes to provide 1,000 food baskets to needy families in the area. The baskets of food staples are intended to help families in need better enjoy the holidays together.
The Basket Fund has been a part of the holiday tradition since the 1920s.
This will require the raising of about $28,000, according to Todd Duggan, fund coordinator.
The Basket Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) charity, is volunteer operated and subsidized. It is through the donations of the community the boxes are filled each year.
The site to register for the boxes will be the Museum Center at Five Points, Duggan said.
The food drive has gotten off to a slow start with only $52 donated so far. Donations were received this week from C. and S. Guy, $50; and in memory of Hoyle A. Watts, $2.
Those wishing to help put a wholesome meal on a needy family’s table this holiday season may send donations to William Hall Rodgers Basket nd, First Tennessee Bank, P.O. Box 4880, Cleveland TN 37320-4880 or drop donations off at First Tennessee Bank at 3870 Keith St.
Individuals sending donations to the fund will be recognized in upcoming Cleveland Daily Banner issues.
There will be several locations in the community at which people may donate, including Cooke’s Food Store and First Tennessee Bank.
The baskets will be delivered on Dec. 22, between 8 and 10 a.m.