Thursday, November 4, 2010

WINC Chain of Checks in Winchester

Every year, our local radio station, WINC fm, chooses a cause near and dear to Winchester's heart and holds the "Chain of Checks" campaign.  The campaign was started years ago by a local radio personality, Barry Lee, and was, literally, a chain of checks strung together inside the radio station and donated at the end of the campaign to the charity that had been chosen.

What started as a small event snowballed and, every year, Chain of Checks has gotten bigger.  Last year, the Blue Ridge Food Bank was the beneficiary of the event and brought in a whopping $76,000 from the local community to aid in feeding the hungry, a desperate need in this economy.

This year, The Laurel Center, the local women's shelter that houses and protects abused and battered women and their children, will be the beneficiary of Chain of Checks.  Our neighbor and friend is on the staff of the shelter and has asked for people to help work the booth at the Apple Blossom Mall during the campaign.  I plan to be there, along with several other members of my neighborhood, to help with this event.  If you are interested in donating your time, please contact me through my email address on the right hand side of the blog page and I will get in touch with the staff at the center.  If you can't stop by the booth at the mall and wish to donate money, please consider mailing a check made out to "Chain of Checks" directly to WINC fm, 520 N. Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester, Virginia 22601.

I hope that if you are in the local community you will consider coming out to donate either your time or your money to this worthy cause.  The Laurel Center is trying to open a new and larger shelter, but has not yet met its goal.  Let's help them provide a safe haven for women who otherwise have nowhere to turn from their abusers.

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