Christmas has come, gone, charity still needs $7,242

HAMILTON - With gifts already purchased, delivered and opened by 442 children, Christmas for Kids is still needing $7,242.29 to meet its $40,000 funding goal.
For the week-period ending on Thursday, Dec. 27, a total of $3,405 was donated toward this year’s Christmas for Kids campaign. To date, that charity has now collected $32,757.71.
Charity organizer Sandy Sandlin said that fundraising is still underway to pay for the gifts purchased and delivered.
The founder explained that whatever total the charity is able to reach will set next year’s budget for the charity.
As it stands and with a $90-per-child budget, the charity would only be able to serve 364 children—nearly 80 less than this year’s 442.
However, Sandlin said that the charity has never not met its fundraising goal since launching in 1985.
As of Dec. 28, Sandlin had not received any donations since Christmas Eve.
“We might have to start knocking on doors,” Sandlin said.
Sandlin noted that donations can be made anonymously, in honor of someone or in memory of a loved one. Donations are also tax-deductible.
Among those who have made the most recent donations are:
• $100 - In memory of Joann Hilburn;
• $500 - In memory of Jane Powless;
• $300 - Bravel andl Brenda Jackson;
• $100 - Rosemary Rollins;
• $100 - Willie Fikes;
• $100 - Modern Beauty Shop;
• $100 - In memory of Jimmy Avery by Faye Avery;
• $100 - Ray and Lesa Hamm;
• $500 - Shoals North Alabama Auto Auction;
• $100 - Minter Court Reporting;
• $105 - Jim McRae;
• $ 500 - Fowler Hamilton Petroleum;
• $250 - Fikes Chevrolet;
• $50 - Max and Robbie Roberts;
• $100 - Griffin Bolton;
• $250 - Jimmy Lowell Williams;
• $50 - Julie Palmer; and
• $100 - Helen Palmer.
Anyone wishing to donate toward this year’s $40,000 goal may see Sandlin at Fred’s Pharmacy in Hamilton or mail donations to P.O. Box 36, Hamilton, AL 35570. Sandlin may also be contacted at 921-3193.