William Hall Rodgers basket fund campaign for the needy well underway

By ALLEN MINCEY Staff Writer
Posted 11/18/17

The William Hall Rodgers basket fund campaign is well underway in its quest to raise funds for providing food at Christmastime for families in need.For more than 90 years, residents of Cleveland and …

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William Hall Rodgers basket fund campaign for the needy well underway

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The William Hall Rodgers basket fund campaign is well underway in its quest to raise funds for providing food at Christmastime for families in need.

For more than 90 years, residents of Cleveland and Bradley County have been participating in a long-standing tradition to provide neighbors who find themselves lacking during the holiday season with a basket full of food for a Christmas dinner.

The program, more widely known as the William Hall Rodgers Christmas Basket Fund, is continuing the tradition this year, hoping to provide hundreds of food baskets to local families who find themselves struggling to make ends meet.

The basket fund is named after former Cleveland Daily Banner editor William Hall Rodgers, who saw the need to help families have a nice meal for Christmas.

Rodgers, who suffered from polio, had a passion for helping needy families. He worked with Associated Charities to help fill families’ empty cupboards at Christmas. When he died, the basket fund took his name as a tribute to his efforts.

“Each year, we find ourselves amazed at the generosity of this community. It’s part of the Cleveland spirit,” remarked Matt Ryerson, president and CEO of United Way of the Ocoee Region. The United Way is working with the volunteers for the basket fund for 2017.

Funds are currently being accepted for the program and can be sent or dropped off at the following locations, ATTN: William Hall Rodgers:

• First Tennessee Bank (P.O. Box 3566, Cleveland, TN 37320-3566 or 3870 Keith St. NW, Cleveland, TN 37312)

• Cooke’s Food Store (3400 Keith St. NW, Cleveland, TN 37312)

• United Way of the Ocoee Region (85 Ocoee St. SE, Cleveland, TN 37311)

The latest donations that have been made are include N.C. and Betty Cartwright, $100; and Dorcas Circle Community Hall Church, $100.

This year’s goal is $24,000.

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