Operation REACH needs more help!


Operation REACH needs more help!

December 1, 2014 Uncategorized 0

The program which helps make Christmas a little merrier for Roane County children and their families is struggling to make this year’s fundraising goal.

Operation REACH, which stands for Roane Enriches Another Child’s Holiday, has been taking area school children shopping for Christmas gifts for their families since it was formed 39 years ago.

“REACH is having a really, really hard time this year. I really don’t know what the reason is. People are just holding on to their money. I’m shocked where we are at and we are two weeks away (from the shopping event,” said Jane Ollis, president.

“I just want to send a plea out to Roane County,” she added. “We need some help this year.”

Ollis said at last count they’d only raised $32,000 of the $125,000 needed to help more than 500 children they hope to take shopping at the Rockwood Walmart this year. The organization strives to have roughly $250 per child by the time they shop on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13.

They’ve done a number of fundraisers. Those included a Roane County Sheriff’s Office-supported coin drive with the county’s middle school students, which netted $1,232 in change and $397 in bills. The class that raised the most money will get an ice cream party from Sheriff Jack Stockton.

There have also been the traditional roadblocks, and part of the proceeds from the James Rogers Christmas Show on Dec. 11 at the Princess Theatre in Harriman will go toward Operation REACH. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling Larry Cox at 274-0508.

For more information about Operation REACH and to make an online donation, visithttp://www.roanecountyreach.com