Christmas for Kids - ‘We’ve never been this far behind’

• Still needing $21,170, Sandlin says he’s worried for first time                                                Christmas for Kids has yet to break the halfway mark in its goal of $40,000 to purchase gifts for 442 children.
For the week-period ending on Thursday, Dec. 13, a total of $5,500 has been donated toward this year’s Christmas for Kids campaign. To date, that charity has only collected $18,829.71.
“We’ve never been this far behind before and I’ve never been worried about getting all the money,” said charity organizer Sandy Sandlin. “With only eight days left before Christmas, it’s getting serious now.”
Sandlin said that they will probably still be fundraising after the Christmas holidays. However, he says that last year there was very little given following Christmas Day.
The charity organization has already purchased the $40,000 in gifts for 442 children and Sandlin says parents have already picked up the presents for their children.
“We’re in dire straights,” Sandlin stressed. “We need first-time givers--it’s a good time to make a donation.”
Sandlin noted that donations can be made anonymously, in honor of someone or in memory of a loved one. Donations are also tax deductable.
All donations will go toward buying clothing and shoes for children.
Among those who have made the most recent donations are:
• $600 - anonymous;
• $1,200 - Hamilton Kiwanis Club;
• $2,000 - CIS Love for Others;
• $180 - Young at Heart;
• $1,000 - Marion County Republican Party;
• $180 - 21st Century Club;
• $50 - Mary Beam;
• $100 - Ian and Karen Caudle;
• $100 - In honor of Barry Reid and Doug Knight; and
• $90 - Teresa Wilkes.
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.