With only hours left until Tullahoma children go shopping Monday for the clothes they need to keep warm this winter, The Tullahoma News’ Karing for Kids campaign is just about $4,000 shy of its $20,000 goal.
Following four generous donations of $500 each from Metropolitan Escrow, Life Care Center of Tullahoma, Tennova Healthcare – Harton and Dr. Mainuddin Ahmed, the Karing for Kids bank jumped to just under $16,000 this week, landing at roughly 79 percent of goal.
As of Friday morning, Nov. 30, Karing for Kids had collected $15,790.29, though donations were still being accepted.
According to program coordinator Debbie Wimsatt, anyone who would like to make a last-minute donation is encouraged to do so.
“We will take donations right up until we go shopping,” Wimsatt said.
With the monies raised, 200 children selected from each of the city’s four elementary schools will visit participating stores – including JCPenney, Burkes Outlet, Peebles and Walmart – to find deals on warm winter coats and shoes.
If the campaign reaches its $20,000 goal, each child will have $100 to spend and a volunteer to assist them in finding the best deals.
After shopping, both children and volunteers will enjoy a free pizza party at Northgate Mall thanks to donations from Coco-Cola, Domino’s and Papa John’s Pizza.
How to donate
Karing for Kids is a nonprofit organization. Donations are being accepted in any amount and are tax deductible. Receipts are available upon request.
Donations can be dropped off in person at The News office, 505 Lakeway Place, or mailed to Karing for Kids, P.O. Box 400, Tullahoma, TN 37388.
Final donors’ names will appear in upcoming issues of The News. Donations may be made anonymously by request.
For more information about the campaign or how to donate, contact Debbie Wimsatt at 455-4545.
For volunteer information, contact Valerie Robinson at Tullahoma High School. Robinson may be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of Friday, the following individuals and/or businesses have made donations to the fund. The newest donations are in italics.
Anonymous, $200; Brian & Candace Lynch, $100; R.E. & Joan Alexander, $100; Tut Smith, $25; Jay & Joanna Reynolds, $25; Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home, $250; Metropolitan Escrow, $500.
Flatwork Wholesale Printing, $100; E.L.M. Automotive, $50; Jimmy & Donna Davenport, $50; Tennova Hospital, $500.
Anonymous, $25; Wain & Carolyn Diehl, $50; Rick & Shirley Lievanos, $100; Anonymous, $35.29.
Life Care Center of America, Inc. $500; Dr. Mainuddin & Tasneem Ahmed, $500; JSP, $500.
Wesley Heights United Methodist Church, $200; Middle TN Assoc. of Realtors, $250; Browns Tree & Stump Svc, Inc., $100; Mrs. Nelson Forrester, $100.
Tullahoma Downtown Lions Club, $1,000; Rogers Group, $250.
Jim & Jo Ward, $100; Fearsome Foursome, $100; Anonymous, $100; Michael & Cheryl Luttrell, $100; Bertha Bates, $25; Susan & Glen Braghetta, $50; Michael & Karen Morgan, $50; F.W. Nelms, $100; Abbie & Greg Byrom, $100.
Edward & Mary Jo Daigle, $100; Renate & George Stone, $100; Mt. Zion Baptist Church Missions, $50; Anonymous, $1,000.
Ross Roepke, $50; Barry & Lita Williamson, $50; Jack & Vera Harvey, $100; Kim & Ken Chittum, $100.
Lisa & Daryl Adams, $60; Lauren, Lexi & Eli Lester, $50; IWS Logistics Inc., $250; Matt & Stacy Cotter, $50; Rakesh Patel – Quality Inn, $250; VFW Post 4188, $50; Dan & Fran Marcum, $100.
Tennessee Apparel Corp, $100; Bruce & Olivia Evans, $50; Shorter Chapel AME Church, $35; Householder Artman, P.L.L.C., $50; The Church of Jesus Christ, $50.
Anonymous, $100; Marvel Clinic, $50; Anonymous, $100; Tullahoma High School, $500; Coffee Co. Democratic Party, $70; Richard Fewell, DDS & Christopher Fogarty, DMD, PC, $100; Life Communications & Security, $50.
Tullahoma Kiwanis Club, $200; Vince & Jane Eggleston, $50; Woodward’s Diamonds & Designs, $50; Credit Central, $100.
Ascend Federal Credit Union, $250; Triple B Automotive, $100; Doyle & Jan Richardson, $100; Katherine Weaver & David Combs, $50; Ruth McNatt, $25.
Mary Warner Beard CPA, $250; Master of Ceremonies, $250; Dr. Dinesh Gupta, $100; Cook Neon Signs, Inc., $100; Anonymous, $50; Bluebird Recovery, LLC, $250.
Dr. & Mrs. John Petty, DMD, $50; Peoples Finance Co., Inc., $100; George D. Duncan, $25; Anonymous, $100; Harton Realty Company, $50; Oliver-Little-Gipson Engineering, $250.
Traders Bank, $500; Nancy McWhorter, $75; Judy Nelson, $50; Badcock & More/Greg Gilliam, $100; Beverly Daniel, $35; Sherrill Pest Control, LLC, $35.
Beverly Pratt, $100; Chris Holiday, $50; Glick & Woods Dentistry, $50; Medical Imaging Consult-ing, $250.
Marty & Marilyn Gul-ley, $200; Frank Lamon, $100; Bill & Marga White-head, $50; David and Ro-gelia Lucas, $50; James & Treva Martin, $75. George & Donna Purcell, $100.
Laura Orr, $50; Anonymous, $100; Anonymous, $100.
Ellen Anderson, $25; Donna Johnson, $25; Fran Armitage, $100; Henry & McCord, $150; Howard D. Smith Rental Prop., $100; Cindy & Rusty Williamson, $75; Dr. & Mrs. Edward M. Kraft, $100.
Mrs. Milner Carden, $100; Linda & Steve Rogers, $50; Dorothy Gilfillan, $50; Perry & Jean Stephens, $100; Richard & Marcia Cowan, $200; American Legion – Unit 43, $25; Jack Hice, $50; Caren C. Gabriel, $100; Edward & Janie Mirtes, $100; Jim & Mary Lou Apple, $100.