Sally Kate Winters Family Services, a United Way agency, is having its annual holiday t-shirt fundraiser to help raise money in support of the social and family services it offers to the community.
This yearâ€™s t-shirt theme is Believe in the Magic, and the shirts, designed by board member Scott Reed, features one of Santaâ€™s own little helpers all dressed up and ready for the holidays.
Shirts go on sale Monday, Nov. 8 at Sally Kate Wintersâ€™ open house in West Point in front of Petal Pushers, and will be on sale Sunday, Nov. 7 in Starkville and Aberdeen. Shirts can be purchased for $15 and can be pre-ordered now. Shirts come in childrenâ€™s sizes small through large and adult sizes small through 2X.
Sheila Brand, Executive Director of SKW, said this fundraiser, which is promoted by the SKW Board of Directors, has been going on since the early 90s, and everyone is always anxious to see what the theme will be each year.
â€śWe felt that the elf was so fitting and so popular right now,â€ť Brand said. â€śWe thought it would be a fun Christmas shirt for our community.â€ť
Brand said approximately 200 t-shirts have already been pre-ordered because many sizes that people needed sold out quickly last year.
Christmas towels that were designed and painted by previous board member Tonda Riley will also be on sale for $12 and features decorative, toe-twirled elf shoes.
Brand said SKW usually tries to raise anywhere from $8,000 to $10,000 through this project, and the people of West Point and surrounding areas always show their support of the efforts and services that Sally Kate Winters.
â€śUsually the community is very generous during the holidays,â€ť Brand said. â€śNot only do they support this fundraising effort but they always check on us to see what our needs are for the holidays. We couldnâ€™t ask for any more support than what they show us during the months of November and December.â€ť
Brand said this sale is just one of three fundraising efforts that SKW tries to do each year to raise funds for the entire program to meet the needs of the kids and families utilizing the services.
Paige Lampkin, SKW office manager, has been busy for the last two weeks taking pre-orders, sorting and rolling the shirts and bagging them up for people to pick up. She has also been securing volunteers to work at the different open houses. More and more calls have been coming in for the shirts, making things a little hectic around the office, but Lampkin said itâ€™s all been great.
â€śItâ€™s a crazy time but its always fun especially when you get nice compliments about shirts,â€ť Lampkin said. â€śIt makes you feel good.â€ť
The next fundraiser will be the second annual 5K run and Family Fun Night on April 9 in the SKW Memorial Park on East Broad Street.
Brand said she and the entire SKW board appreciates all that the community does for the children and families SKW serves.
â€śWe are grateful to be in a community with a lot of care and individuals who want to be involved in improving the lives of the people in their communities,â€ť Brand said.