Make Christmas merry for needy

by W. Winston Skinner

The Newnan Times-Herald is kicking off a new project today that will enable readers to make Christmas merry for needy children, while also honoring loved ones.

Through gifts to the “Fill The Stocking Fund,” donors can make tax-deductible contributions in honor or in memory of a loved one. The donor’s name, along with the name of the loved one, will be printed in the newspaper.

The amount of the contribution will not be listed, although total contributions will be reported daily in the weeks leading to Christmas.

Contributions will be divided among three local Newnan and Coweta area groups focused on helping children during the holidays — Bridging the Gap, The Newnan Service Center of the Salvation Army, and Toys for Tots.

“We’re not in competition with anyone. We’re just helping those in our community who already bring Christmas to children who otherwise might not have much this time of year,” said John Winters, general manager of The Newnan Times-Herald. “This will also give people the opportunity to publicly honor or remember family, friends or organizations.”

To make a contribution, send a check payable to Coweta Community Foundation — with “Fill the Stocking” in the memo line — to The Newnan Times-Herald, c/o Fill The Stocking, P.O. Box 1052, Newnan, GA 30264.

The project will be ongoing through Dec. 24, and a coupon that can be used will be published each day on the Community Forum page of the newspaper.

“We appreciate the Coweta Community Foundation partnering with us to make this possible,” Winters said. The foundation board unanimously approved Fill The Stocking’s application last week.

Alison Wallace of BTG, Stephanie May of the Salvation Army and Hank Berkowitz of Toys for Tots all expressed appreciation for the project as plans were being launched for Fill The Stocking.

“We hope it will become an annual event,” Winters said.

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