“Operation Christmas Cheer” is Underway
Christmas plans are underway in the Town of Wartrace as deserving local families are provided assistance for the holidays. The second annual “Operation Christmas Cheer” is hosted by the Wartrace Parks and Recreation Committee, the Volunteer Fire Department (WVFD), and the Police Department.
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 recipients the choice of having items delivered by police car, fire truck, unmarked car, or to pick up the items themselves. Completed applications can be picked up and turned in at Wartrace Town Hall, 29 Main St., E. no later than Tuesday, December 8th. All applications will be reviewed for need before the recipients are notified on December 14th.
“This Christmas season we are asking primarily for food donations, including canned goods and other non-perishable items," said Alderman Tammy Leverette who chairs the Parks & Recreation Committee. "We are also in need of gift cards from retail stores and we will gratefully accept cash at Town Hall or at the Tree Lighting event on December 5th.”
At this time, toys are not needed because of the generous donation made by the Highway 41 Toy Convoy. Gift cards will be used to purchase clothing and winter coats for children, and to purchase food items such as milk, bread, and cheese on the date of delivery. Cash that is donated will be used to supplement food donations, as well as be applied toward water utility bills, if enough funds remain.
“Our fire and police personnel frequently see people who are too proud to ask for help. However we want to provide for whoever needs a lift during the holidays,” said Mayor Cindy Drake. “I am very grateful to everyone in our community whose kindness and generosity enriches the lives of children and the elderly. Wartrace has always been an amazing little town and I want to thank everyone who is involved in Operation Christmas Cheer.”
Applications are available at Town Hall or online at www.townofwartrace.com. If you wish to volunteer or have questions, contact Alderman Leverette at 931-639-0508.