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|Concordia Christmas Charity Fund says more in need this year|
The Concordia Christmas Charity Fund is in need of a charitable boost.
According to organizer Rena Pitts of the Ferriday Chamber of Commerce, the holiday organization has received a total of 310 applications for assistance. Of those, 233 have applied for toys and gift cards for children -- up 107 applications from last year -- and 77 have applied for food assistance.
"That represents 976 children and adults," said Pitts. "Last year there was only a total of 193 applications."
"Donations are far less than what is needed," she said. "The need is much greater this year and the fund needs more money to be able to help each applicant."
Groceries and toys will be distributed on Saturday, December 19, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Ferriday High School.
The fund, operating for the 21st year, assists needy families with gifts and food in time for Christmas.
Each applicant is verified for eligibility by the Office of Family Services in Ferriday.
All monetary donations can be 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. The Ferriday Chamber of Commerce is the chief sponsor of the project.
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