2021 Operation Christmas Cheer Begins
While it’s not even Halloween yet, the Town of Wartrace is already planning the third annual “Operation Christmas Cheer” to provide assistance for the holidays for deserving local families. Applications are now being accepted from families, but others may also nominate on behalf of people in need who may not ask for help themselves. Additionally low-income elderly individuals and shut-ins may be eligible to receive food items.
Eligible families and individuals should live within the town limits of Wartrace, but exceptions may be made depending on the circumstances. The application gives Wartrace recipients the choice of having items delivered by police car, fire truck, unmarked car, or to pick up the items themselves. If you live outside of city limits, if approved, MUST come to the fire station to pick up.
Completed applications can be picked up and turned in at Wartrace Town Hall, 29 Main St., E. no later than Friday, December 10, 2021. All applications will be reviewed for need and recipients will be notified on or before the weekend of December 11-12, 2021. Be sure to list the best number to reach you and when notified you will have 48 hours to respond. Pickup for out-of-town residents will be December 18 between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
“That so many people open their hearts shows what a truly wonderful small town Wartrace is,” said Fire Chief Mike de Jesus. “We often see people who could really use help, but are too proud to ask. Our goal is to reach them, as well as any other people who genuinely need assistance during the holidays.”
Chief de Jesus applauded the Highway 41 Toy Convoy that rolls into town in early November, “The Toy Convoy was a tremendous help last year. They donated toys to Wartrace and at least two other organizations and we are very much looking forward to welcoming them again this year!”
According to organizer Katy Ishee, the Highway 41 Toy Convoy is scheduled for Sunday, November 7. Line up begins at 10:00 a.m. at Raider’s Academy at 865 McMinnville Hwy. in Manchester and rolls out at 12:00 noon. “This is a rain or shine event,” said Ms. Ishee. “All vehicles are welcome at $10 p/vehicle and $20 if you show. Everyone is asked to fly the U.S. flag and bring a new unwrapped toy to brighten Christmas for the kids.” Toys are distributed to the Wartrace Volunteer Fire Department, Manchester Police Department, the Steve Graves Gene Taylor Christmas Foundation, and Coffee County Rescue.
Non-perishable food and other donations requested
In tandem with the application process, the town is also seeking donations from those who can afford to help. “We could really use food donations this Christmas season, including canned goods and other non-perishable items,” said Parks & Recreation Committee Chairman Tammy Leverette. “The Highway 41 Toy Convoy has been a blessing for gifts from Santa, but we do still need food for families and the elderly in need.”
Leverette said gift cards are very helpful and will be used to purchase clothing and winter coats for children, as well as food items such as milk, bread, and cheese on the date of delivery. She noted that if people really wanted to buy new toys, they could use more items for boys and teenagers.
For information on the Highway 41 Toy Convoy, contact Katy Ishee at 931-857-3643. For information on how to donate or applications for assistance, contact Wartrace Town Hall at 931-389-6144.