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|Christmas Charity Fund drive begins|
The Ferriday Chamber of Commerce, the chief sponsor of the annual Concordia Christmas Charity Fund, has officially kicked off the 2008 campaign for the holiday fundraiser.
The fund, operating for the 20th year, assists needy families with gifts and food in time for Christmas.
In 2007, donations reached $13,633.72, providing Christmas gifts and cheer to 300 families.
Charity fund chairman Rena Pitts said applications for those interested in seeking assistance are available at town halls in the parish -- Ferriday, Vidalia, Clayton and Ridgecrest -- and at the Delta Music Museum on Louisiana Avenue in Ferriday. The completed applications can be turned in to any branch of Concordia Bank & Trust, Delta Bank or Tensas State Bank.
Each applicant is verified for eligibility by the Office of Family Services in Ferriday.
Distribution will be held Saturday, December 20th, 8:30 a.m. at the Ferriday High School cafeteria.
Each eligible family receives a gift for each child under 12 years of age and a food bag.
Bicycles collected from the Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office bicycle repair campaign will also be distributed through the charity.
All monetary donations made to the charity fund are made directly to fund accounts at Concordia Bank & Trust, Delta Bank and Tensas State Bank.
All donations received are acknowledged in The Concordia Sentinel and an accounting of all funds will be made at the completion of the holiday program.
The fund was established in 1988 following a Christmas holiday scam when outside promoters raised money for the needy and skipped town. The Concordia Sentinel spearheaded the effort to organize the present Christmas Charity effort.
One hundred percent of money donated goes to Concordia needy and all charity committee members work on a volunteer basis.
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