WHITMIRE — With only 23 days until Christmas, the Whitmire community will soon begin kicking off its holiday season with events for all ages.
The Whitmire Jaycees have already started accepting donations for the Christmas Cheer fund in an effort to make sure no child in need goes without this holiday season.
Sue Hollingsworth, who helped organized the program, said the cheer fund is a program that was taken over by the Whitmire Jaycees group five to six years ago. The program is designed to have churches, businesses or families sponsor a Whitmire child who might be in need for the holiday season.
Hollingsworth said that by contacting members of the Whitmire Jaycees, they can get a family, business or church group set up with a child. With each child, information is provided such as gender, age, clothing sizes, etc., to give a better idea of what needs they might have.
Monetary donations are also acceptable. Checks can be made payable to the Whitmire Jaycees, specifying that the money go toward the Whitmire Cheer fund. The checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 173 in Whitmire.
For more information on donating or about the project contact Hollingsworth at 694-3797, Christina Gilliam at 694-9251, Tammy Moss at 924-1597 or Amy Silvers 944-1959.
The Jaycees will also host the annual Christmas tree lighting, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m., with the tree being in the parking lot on the west end of Main Street. Local ministers, along with the WCS Concert Band and Elementary Chorus, will present Christmas music and carols. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served.
Other holiday festivities include Whitmire’s annual Christmas parade at noon Dec. 14, with the lineup beginning at 11 a.m. Hollingsworth said the lineup will begin at Owens Avenue and Broad Street. The new street names replaced the former names of Railroad Avenue and North Main Street.
Mayor Billy Hollingsworth said he enjoys events such as these that bring the community together.
“I believe in unity,” he said. “It is a pleasure to be a part of these activities and see the smiles and enjoyment they bring to the children and their families as one in the Whitmire community.”
Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.