The 2013 Kids Christmas Gala will be held Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Fairfield Glade Community Center beginning at 6:00 pm. It is going to be a fun night filled with food, entertainment and prizes. Tickets are on sale now and you can get yours by calling 931-484-3032. Price is $100.00 which admits two people. Just as last year, cocktail attire is preferred. Don’t miss the fun. Get your ticket now.
Many times we wonder if the good things we do actually get to those who really need them. Do our donations of money and time really make a difference?
Kids Christmas, Inc. would like to answer these questions with a great big YES! Thanks to many local people and businesses, some of Cumberland County’s children enjoyed a very special Christmas treat! North Cumberland Elementary School was the setting for more than 50 youngsters getting to visit with Santa and open gifts. Smiles and laughter rang out loud and clear as the children opened presents and enjoyed ice cream and treats. This was the 4th year that Kids Christmas, Inc. has provided this special time.
A very big “THANK YOU” goes out to the following individuals and businesses that made this special day:
Mountain Farm International
Jim & Paula Smith
Ralph & Susie Morgan
PRM of Tennessee
Potter’s Ace Hardware
Plateau Animal Hospital In honor of Dr. Kris & Jeanette Hodges
Dennis & Lois Wilbanks
American Legion Post 163
Mary Lou Weibel
VFW Post 5025
VEC Customer Share
Crossville Insurance Group, Inc.
Keith & Kellye Hinch
The $ Exchange
K & B Construction
Woodmere Skating Center
Rick’s Reliable Transmissions
Legend’s at Fairfield Glade
Don & Mickey Murray
Merle Norman Cosmetics
Wholesale Supply Group
Ladies VFW Auxillary Post
MTNG Project Hometown Help
The Bar B Que Steakhouse
T & M Distributing
Fairfield Glade Recreation Dept
Deloy Brown Exxon
Robert and Barbara Hennings
Jody & Marsha Wilson
Nick & Michelle Canelles
Scott & Julie Shanks
Randy & Erica Neal
Bob & Rita Kitchens
Kids Christmas, Inc. is already working on next year’s event. With the help and generosity of friends and businesses, we hope to have a record breaking number of children to help next Christmas. For information on how you can help, please call Lori Neal Freitag at 931-484-3032.
Thank you again, Cumberland County!!
The Christmas season this year was again witness to the charitable efforts of a local family and the generosity of the community. This was the 4th year that the Neal family, along with friends, local businesses and individuals, have worked together to provide a special Christmas for children of Cumberland County.
The Jaycees had an annual project called the Children’s Christmas Shopping Tour, which benefited needy children in the community, but ended with the closing of the local chapter. The joy on the children’s faces led Randy and Erica Neal, and Lori Neal Freitag, former members of the Jaycees, to combine their efforts to ensure that this project would continue.
The first year was funded by a Neal family yard sale, along with money out of their own pockets, and contributions from several businesses and individuals. The following year they received funds for this program from many more businesses and individuals, which enabled them to increase the number of children they were able to help. A different school each year benefits from this generosity, and the number of children that receive gifts grows each year as well.
Christmas 2007 was held at Stone Elementary where 52 children visited with Santa and opened their presents after enjoying pizza and other treats. Coats, shoes, and toys of all kinds were given to a roomful of smiling faces, along with stockings filled with candy and other goodies.
Each year the number of businesses and individuals donating their time and money to this event grows, and hopefully next year the outpouring of goodwill and generosity from the community will help even more children. They would like to thank the following businesses and individuals that selflessly donated their money and/or time to make this year’s Christmas for the kids another wonderful success: Mountain Farm International, Lakeland Construction, Potter’s Cash Home, Crye-Leike Brown Realty, Wilson’s Paint, Vegas Steakhouse, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Neely Lumber, VFW, VFW Ladies Auxillary, Wal Mart, Tare, Inc., Jeff Freitag Construction, AtWork Cumberland Staffing, Advanced Printing, SignSmith, First Realty, Rick’s Reliable Transmission, J&M Insulation, Freitag Construction, Crossville Crane, Food City, Jerry Pick, Dennis & Lois Wilbanks, Butch & Karen Smith, Randall Boston Attorney at Law, J.H. Graham, Tiffany Hyder, Steve Rains, JoAnn Rains, Bobby Randolph, Walter Brown, Mack & Debbie Johnson, Ralph & Susie Morgan, Jim & Paula Smith, Marylou Wibel, Barbara & Robert Hennings, Bill & Rita Livezey, Bob & Rita Kitchens, Ronald & Cristie Neal, Lewis & Lesley Neal, Randy & Erica Neal, Edie Gunter, Mary Vandever, Brenda Gluff, Traci Fant, Loretta Norris, Nick & Michelle Canelles, Will Gunter, Candace Owens, Jon Selby, and Pam Winningham.
Lori Neal Freitag, owner of Crossville Insurance Group, has been chosen as Honorary Community Hero for her work with Kids Christmas, Inc., a non-profit charity benefiting needy children. In a letter from Safeco’s Community Relations Team, Lily Grainger stated it was an honor to read about the inspiring work of Lori. Ms. Grainger said the selflessness of the agent’s nominees was truly humbling to her and her entire team, and Lori was awarded $2,000 to help with Kids Christmas. The group has already helped hundreds of children at Stone, Pleasant Hill, and Martin Elementary. Currently they are busy getting names from North Cumberland. For more information or to donate your money or time, call 931-484-3032.