Cleveland and Bradley County families planning to seek assistance from the Basket Fund should plan to drop by the museum sometime during the day, according to Todd Duggan, fund coordinator.
“We’re wanting to make sure people know about Monday’s scheduled registration and the times, and most importantly the fact that it will be held at the museum,” Duggan said. “This is a change in location from past years so we want to make sure families know where to come.”
The Basket Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, is operated exclusively by volunteers. The fund is subsidized and also holds an annual fundraising campaign each fall season. Duggan said this year’s goal is to provide 1,000 food baskets to area families in need.
The Basket Fund has been a part of the community’s holiday tradition since the 1920s.
This year’s donations have gotten off to a slow start so Duggan is hoping to make up for the lag over the next several days. In the meantime, Monday’s registration will identify the number of families hoping to receive the food baskets.
Those wishing to donate to the annual fund should send their contributions to William Hall Rodgers Basket Fund, First Tennessee Bank, P.O. Box 4880, Cleveland TN 37320-4880 or drop off donations to the First Tennessee Bank at 3870 Keith St.
Individuals sending donations to the fun will be recognized in upcoming issues of the Cleveland Daily Banner.
Donations to the fund are also being accepted at Cooke’s Food Store, in addition to the First Tennessee Bank.
The baskets will be delivered on Dec. 22, from 8 to 10 a.m.
William Hall Rodgers is a former editor of the Banner who decades ago was not only known for his journalistic talents, but also for his sense of community service and philanthropy.
Additional information about the annual Basket Fund, and the man for whom it is named, will be published in future editions of the Cleveland Daily Banner as the donation campaign continues.