Donations still being accepted
The United Way of Sevier County will be holding a Bargain Bonanza at the Old Mill Square parking lot in Pigeon Forge on Saturday, December 4, 2004. The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. and continue throughout the day until sundown. Businesses around the area have donated certificates, services, and valuable items to be sold to the public with all the proceeds going to the local United Way. Individuals have also donated personal property that is either new or like new including clothing and furniture.
Officials of the organization are still seeking volunteers to assist in this fund raising event. “We need people to help out after 2:00 p.m.” commented Jack Cook, director. “Although anyone at anytime will certainly be appreciated.”
In addition to manpower, donations are still being accepted for this third year affair. Businesses, private organizations, or individuals who have merchandise, either new or slightly used may donate the item to this huge yard sale. Anyone wishing to donate can call the United Way at 453-4261 for additional information.
The United Way also announced that the organization is at 93 percent of its goal for this year raising $606,834 so far. Less than a week remains to make the specified goal, but United Way Officials believe they will make it.
The organization recently held two fundraisers that showed how area residents are responding to the United Way efforts. Last week a “bagging for tips” event was held at all area Food City stores. Several local community leaders went to the stores and bagged groceries for tips. According to Jack Cook, Interim Director the event raised over $1800, which was around $800 more than last year.
An event where volunteers pumped gas at the local Stop-N-Save (Citgo) stations in the area raised more than $1100, which was over $200 more than last year.
“These events really helped the United Way get to where they are in the goal,” said Cook. We want to thank Food City for all they do for us, Ken Wade and Stop-N-Save, and of course all the volunteers and people that participated.”