TALLADEGA -- The Talladega area maintained its lead through the first part of the week in annual Daily Home/St. Clair Times Shoes for Christmas fundraiser campaign. Only three days remain to give.
The Talladega area had donated $2,012 through Tuesday, Dec. 4, followed by Pell City/St. Clair County with $1,585. The Sylacauga/Childersburg area had donated $845.
In all, $4,442 has been raised.
According to Daily Home Business Manager Debbie Bussie, the goal for this year’s campaign is $7,500, a figure based on a three- or four-year average.
The Daily Home and St. Clair Times are accepting cash, check and credit/debit card donations now through Friday, Dec. 7. The donation form in Wednesday's Daily Home is on page 2B.
Mail checks to The Daily Home, P.O. Box 977, Talladega, AL 35161 -- or drop off donations at the paper’s offices in Talladega or Pell City, Atkinson Real Estate in Sylacauga (535 N. Broadway Ave.) or Childersburg City Hall (201 8th Ave. SW). The Talladega and Pell City offices can accept cash or check donations. The Sylacauga and Childersburg drop-off locations are for checks only. To make a credit card donation, call 256-299-2162.
The money collected will be sent to FIRST Family Services for families in north Talladega County, the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement for south Talladega County and Refuge Ministries in Pell City. Donors can specify which area they want their donation to go to. There is no minimum or maximum donation, and donations can be made in the donor’s name, in the name of someone else or anonymously.
Once all of the money has been collected, it will be disbursed to the various agencies, which have partnered with a local shoe store. The shoe stores will provide gift cards to be given to the children’s families.
Parents may also apply at each of those agencies, but Bussie said most children’s names come from their school teachers.
A glimpse at latest donations received as of Tuesday, Dec. 4:
Anonymous, $30; anonymous, $50; anonymous, $25; Jenni Jennings, in honor of Madeline Jennings, $5; Trinity Methodist Ladies Circle, $100.
Pell City/St. Clair County
Dorothy Courington, in memory of Coleman Courington, $25; Pleasant Valley C.M.E. Church, $50.
-- Staff writer Chris Norwood contributed to this story.