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Applications for Concordia Christmas Charity Fund
from The Concordia Sentinel
November 30, 2017 -

Applications for the Concordia Christmas Charity Fund are available at Concordia Bank, Delta Bank and Tensas Bank in Vidalia and Ferriday and must be turned in by applicants by Monday, Dec. 4. at those banks, according to Rena Pitts, chairman of the 2016 Concordia Christmas Charity Fund drive.

Pitts said toys and food bags would be distributed on Dec. 16 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Ferriday High School Cafeteria.

Donations are being accepted at any of the banks in memory or in honor of someone. All monetary donations are used for the toys and food for the applicants and donors are listed in the Concordia Sentinel each week.

Pitts said all who assist with this project are volunteers and several have helped for many years.

“In December 2016, the love and true spirit of the Christmas season was demonstrated by the generosity of Concordia Parish businesses, churches, individuals, school groups and banks,” Pitts said.

Those donations made it possible to distribute toys or gift cards to 500 children and a bag of groceries to more than 280 families and senior citizens. The fund assisted about 950 people for Christmas.

All of the toys and groceries are purchased locally. Wal-Mart employees donate their time late at night to select age appropriate toys for the children from age 2 through 12

Volunteers will bag the toys and food on Friday, Dec. 15, and on Saturday morning beginning at 8:30 a.m., Dec. 16, the bags of toys and groceries will be distributed to the families.

The Natchez Radio Group and the Christmas Elves from 95 Country do a toy drive to provide toys for the children. Rivers Correctional Center trustees unload the toys and food from the trucks and help with the bagging of the food and toys

The Ferriday Rotary Club is the sponsor of the fund, which was begun in 1982.


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