Yearly Times-News Rescue Fund effort off to slow start

J. H. Osborne • Dec 11, 2016 at 1:00 PM

KINGSPORT — The Times-News Rescue Fund has received $2,695 in contributions since our last update to readers, bringing the total donated for this year’s effort to $10,550 as of Thursday morning.

That’s far below where we were a year ago at the same point in the campaign, which has a goal of raising $60,000 to provide a little extra food for families in need this Christmas across our region.

The Rescue Fund provides Christmas assistance to families in Lee, Wise and Scott counties in Virginia and Sullivan and Hawkins counties in Tennessee. Recipients are screened by the Salvation Army and other social-service organizations. This year, a majority of the estimated 1,200 families who will receive assistance through the Rescue Fund will be getting boxes of food purchased, package and delivered by the Salvation Army. Some recipients, in areas that make delivery of such boxes a challenge, will receive vouchers to purchase groceries.

“The monetary value of the food each family received may not sound like much to most of us,” Times-News City Editor Stephanie McClellan said Friday. “But even this relatively small amount of extra food can mean a great deal to these families. We are often humbled by the gratitude we’ve seen and heard from them over the years. We also are humbled and thankful for the continuous generosity of the region we cover. Our readers have always stepped up and help us reach our goal each year, in some cases even exceeding it. We’re confident this year they will not let us or the Rescue Fund’s recipients down.”

Most of the families the Rescue Fund helps have fallen on hard times due to either catastrophic illness within the family, or the loss of a job. The Salvation Army in recent years has reported families who once were donors were coming forward to seek help because those types of situations had altered their own families financial security.

Tax-deductible donations can be made to Times-News Rescue Fund, 701 Lynn Garden Drive, Kingsport, Tenn. 37660.

A receipt will be mailed, and the donation will be listed in the Times-News in your name, anonymously, or in someone’s honor or memory.

Our most recent batch of donors were: Ronald Davis, $100; James and Carolyn Chandler in memory of Mrs. Sharon Holkup, $50; anonymous in memory of Joe H. Willis, $100; anonymous, $150; James and Linda Smith, $20; anonymous, $100; Ellen Bennett in honor of Goshen Valley Freewill Baptist Church, $100; anonymous, $200; Larry and Joyce Branscome, $100; anonymous, $150; James and Jo Anne Medlin, $150; anonymous, $25; Phil Onkotz, $100; Judy Crawford in memory of Ona Dean, Charlie Dean, Kay Tate May, Bob Crawford, Jennie Crawford and Linda Powers, $250; Liberty Hill Evangelical Methodist Church, $500; Ross Camp Ground United Methodist Church, $200; anonymous, $50; Wayne Smith, $100; and Pentecost Church in memory of Beverly Ramey and Leon Porter, $250.

 “We encourage you to read the Rescue Fund families’ stories,” McClellan said. “They will publish periodically on the front page between now and Christmas week. The stories are all that’s needed to show who you help through the Rescue Fund each holiday season. The Times-News is privileged to conduct the program. But it is our readers who make it possible, who bring a bit of holiday cheer to families desperately in need and who otherwise would have no hope of a happy holiday.”


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