The Needy Family Fund auction for the Sweetwater community will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12 at Sweetwater Primary School on Billy R. Ridenour Highway (Highway 322 connector).
The purpose of the auction is to raise funds to purchase food for the annual Christmas baskets distributed to needy families in the community.
According to Needy Family Fund organizers, approximately 20 churches were able to deliver more than 350 baskets last Christmas.
Organizers met Thursday at Sweetwater City Hall for the formal kickoff for this year's fund drive.
"Considering the difficult economic times we are having, it is expected our fundraising efforts will be lower than last year and the request for assistance will be greater," Needy Family Fund organizers said.
Merchants are being asked to help by donating items for the auction.
If you don't have items to donate, you can make cash contribution.
Checks are to be made payable to:
Needy Family Fund
103 Duck Park Lane
Sweetwater, TN 37874
The Needy Family Fund Inc. is a 501 © (3) tax-exempt corporation.
Churches are asked to determine as soon as possible how many baskets they will need.
This information needs to be provided to Phil Roy (337-6270) or John Sutton (337-3695) no later than noon on Dec. 1.
In order to stretch dollars, an agreement has been reached with Sav-a-Lot to purchase food in bulk. The food will be delivered to the SPS gym on or about Dec. 17 or Dec. 18.
Organizers request sufficient manpower assemble the baskets and remove them from the school that same evening.
Arrangements are being made to have uniform size boxes available.
"We encourage you to have a food drive in your church and give those items to Sweetwater Area Ministries (SAM) for distribution to the needy after the holidays," organizers said.
Sweetwater Mayor Doyle Lowe said the Needy Family Fund is in its 29th year and has raised more than $650,000 during that email@example.com