Donation bumps Christmas Basket Fund total

The annual Christmas Basket Fund grew to $700 on Thursday with three donations totaling $200.

The new donations are:

  • $50: In loving memory of Maxie Gambrel from David and Sharon Arthur
  • $50: Merry Christmas from Donald and Janet Kelsch
  • $100: In memory of Tom and Alberta Tracy from anonymous

The fund was started in 1945 by veterans returning home to Seymour and Jackson County from World War II to provide food for area families at Christmas. Now in its 70th year, the project is sponsored by American Legion Post 89 in Seymour in partnership with Jay C Food Stores, Jackson County Bank and The Tribune.

Donations can be mailed to or dropped off at American Legion Post 89, The Tribune or any branch of Jackson County Bank.

Businesses, corporations, service groups, churches, individuals or families may donate anonymously if they choose and may dedicate their donations to others.

To receive one of the gift cards, people must live in Jackson County and must submit a letter stating their need for assistance. Requests should be mailed to American Legion Basket Fund, P.O. Box 566, Seymour, IN 47274. All requests must be received by Dec. 15.