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The Tullahoma News’ Karing for Kids campaign received a $1,200 grant from J.C. Penney. In front from left are J.C. Penney Store Associate Kayleigh Jones and Jewelry Associate Deb Jeffers. In back are Assistant Cashier Supervisor Catherine Belter, Karing for Kids Program Coordinator Debbie Wimsatt and J.C. Penney General Manager Judy Hill.

Karing for Kids has exceeded its goal for the year, taking in more than $11,000 to help Tullahoma children in need.

The final tally for this year’s campaign rests at $11,550, more than $1,000 over the $10,000 goal for this year.

The Tullahoma News’ annual Karing for Kids campaign, now in its 24th year, has provided winter clothing to hundreds of children thanks to the generous donations of the Tullahoma community.

Meeting its $10,000 goal, Karing for Kids aims to provide 100 Tullahoma children with the warm clothing they’ll need for the winter weather in the coming months. If the goal is met, each child will be able to go on a $100 shopping spree for items such as coats, scarves, shirts, pants and more to brave the cooler temperatures.

This year’s shopping sprees will take place near Northgate Mall at JCPenney and Burkes Outlet. Children will be paired with volunteers to guide them on which sizes to choose and monitor their budgets.

Volunteers are also needed to assist the children in finding the best deals and managing their purchases.

Once the shopping is done on Monday, Dec. 9, children and volunteers will enjoy a free pizza party at the mall courtesy of Coca-Cola and Papa John’s Pizza.

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Traders Bank donated $500 to this year’s Karing for Kids campaign, helping the program surpass its $10,000 goal. From left are Traders Assistant Vice President and Relationship Officer Kelly Martin, Traders Market President Dave Johnson and Karing for Kids Program Coordinator Debbie Wimsatt.

How to donate

Karing for Kids is a nonprofit organization. Donations are accepted in any amount and are tax deductible. Receipts are available upon request.

Donations may 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.

Donors’ names will appear in forthcoming issues of The Sunday News. Donations may be made anonymously by request.

For more information on how to donate, contact Debbie Wimsatt at 455-4545. For volunteer information, contact Valerie Robinson at Tullahoma High School at 454-2620.

As of last week, the following individuals and/or businesses have made donations worth $6,200 toward the overall $10,000 goal. The newest donations are in italics.

JCPenney Community Grant, $1,200; Tullahoma High School Class of ’55, in memory of Virgil Stephens, $125; TE Connectivity Grant, $1,000; Walmart Grant, $250; Highland Rim Kiwanis Club, $750; Mrs. Milner Carden, $100; Byrom’s Body Shop, $50; Jack Hice, in memory of Joyce Hice, $50; Dot Gifillan, $50; BlueBird Recovery, $100; Cindy & Rusty Williamson, $50; Laura J. Orr, $50; Marylou & Jim Apple, $100; Richard & Marcia Cowan, $200; Joanna Reynolds/Smartbank Mortgage, $100; Ted & Christina Holiday, $100; David & Rogella Lucas, $50; Caren Gabriel, $100; Dinesh Gupta, MD/Cardiology & Vascular Associates, $250; Bruce & Olivia Evans, $50; Rogers Group, $250; Metropolitan Escrow, $500; Mrs. Nelson Forrester, $100; Ed & Janie Mirtes, $100; Jim & Treva Martin, $75; Patsy Holt, $50; Stephen & Linda Rogers, $50; Dr. Mark Russell & Dr. Grant Ordiway, $250; Sandra Jordan, knitted 17 children’s hats; American Legion Auxiliary Unit 43, $25; Lita Williamson, $25; Anonymous, $50.

Anonymous,  $100; Bertha Bates, $50; Anonymous, $100; Lauren, Lexi & Eli Lester, $50; Henry, McCord, Bean, Miller, Gabriel & Labar PLLC, $150; Michael J. Maly, $30; Jack & Vera Harvey, $100; Dr. & Mrs. Edward Kraft, $100; Jim & Jo Ward, $100; Fearsome Foursome, $100; Ken & Kim Chittum, $100; In memory of Lee & Florence Collins, $25; Beverly S. Pratt, $100; Mayes Family, $50; Anonymous, $50; WM & Marga Whitehead, $50; Lavoyce W. McGee, $50; Frank Lamon, Jr., $100; Drs. Greg & Abbie Byrom, $100.

In memory of Joe & Brenda Stone, $25; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4188, $35; Traders Bank, $500; Howard D. Smith Rental Group, $100.

Beverly Daniel, $35; Tullahoma 1st Baptist – Rebekah Sunday School Class, $100; Wesley Heights United Methodist, $100; D.W. Bagby, $100; Anonymous, $100; George & Renate Stone, $100; Rick & Shirley Lievanos, $100; Credit Central, $100; Tennova Healthcare-Harton, $500; Anonymous, $1,000; The i3 Cares Foundation, $500; Dr. & Mrs. John Petty, $100; Judy Nelson, $100; Debbie & Ken Gamache, $50; Anonymous, $50; Anonymous, $100; E.L.M. Automotive, $50.

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