Mandy Kennedy, reads a thank you not from last quarter's recipient, Meal-A-Day!
Chicks for Charity Choose
SS Work Camp for This Quarter's Charity
by: Bobby McDonald
Thursday night was the second meeting of one of the newest organizations in town, the newly formed "Chicks for Charity" organization. The group met in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church, where each member enjoyed dinner and contributed $50.00 to a pool of funds to be delivered to a chosen local, Hopkins County charity.
Club President, Mandy Kennedy, read a very thoughtful and moving thank you note from the Meal-A-Day Center, Karon Weatherman, that was last quarter's recipient of the funds collected. Weatherman told the group that because of increased food costs they were forced to raise the price of meals back in the fall, 50 cents per day, and some individuals on fixed incomes had been forced to drop from the program. However, with the $4250.00 the group collected and presented to the Meal-A-Day Center, they were able to bring these individuals back into the program and continue to provide healthy and wholesome, hot meals each weekday for them. "Your donation was truly a God-send for our organization, as it came at a very critical time for many of our recipients," advised Weatherman.
Members nominated their favorite charities by secret ballot.
Members of the organization then wrote names of local charities that they would like to support on slips of paper. Three of those charities were drawn from the basket and someone spoke on each charity, telling the merits and contributions the charity makes to Hopkins County.
The group asked Bobby McDonald, who was there covering the event, to draw the three
charities that were to be discussed.
Then, those present voted on the chairty that would receive this quarter's funds. When the votes were counted the SS Work Camp was awarded this quarter's funds. The group, located in Sulphur Springs is approximately 5 years old and provides spiritual training for youth, as they go about serving the community by repairing and painting houses, doing yard work, and reaching out to those in need. This year's work camp will be hosted the week after school is out and will provide the experience for approximately 400 youth.
Members then voted on their favorite of the three charities chosen, to allocate
this quarter's funds.
The Chicks for Charity organization hopes to involve approximately 100 local women in their organization and invite those interested to contact another one of the members.
"We've set our goal as returning $20,000.00 to Hopkins County, each year, in charitable contributions," denoted Kennedy.