1,100 boxes given to needy
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Wm Hall Rodgers
MAKING SURE each box has a turkey are student volunteers Hunter Duggan of Bradley Central High School and Cooper Melton of Walker Valley High School.  Banner Photo, DONNA GEREN-OVERBY
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Some 1,100 boxes were distributed Saturday morning to families in need in the community. However, the William Hall Rodgers Christmas Basket Fund to pay for those boxes is still short of its $28,000 goal. The total now stands at $16,716.

Todd Duggan, who coordinates the William Hall Rodgers Basket Fund, said the boxes of staple goods for the holidays were successfully given out Saturday morning.

“The boxes had a baking hen, potato, flour, sugar canned goods, bread and more,” Duggan said.

“We had a great response from our volunteers,” he noted. “Some of the Bradley Central High School football players helped, people from Grace Point Church. We also thank McIntire and Associates and CapitalMark for their help.”

The basket fund has helped needy individuals to share a little of the Christmas joy for several decades.

The 501(c) (3) charity is operated by volunteers. It is through the efforts and donations of people in the community these boxes are filled every year.

Duggan said he has some pledges of funds, but not enough to meet the goal. The community is urged to help keep the basket fund tradition going. Funds will be accepted through the middle of January.

Donations have been received this week from anonymous, $250; David Hall, $50; Harvey and Barbara Tillery, $50; anonymous, $130; John and Nancy Green, $100; Collins Oil Co., $100; Daniel and Mary Winters, $100; Betty Bacon, $40; Veva Thompson Class, $50; in memory of Scott Hicks, $100; anonymous, $100; and in honor of son and grandchildren, $250.

Donations may be mailed to First Tennessee Bank, P.O. Box 4880, Cleveland TN 37320-4880 or dropped off at First Tennessee Bank at 3870 Keith St.