News Briefs-Nov. 25, 2010

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By The Staff

Rotary Christmas Parade set for Dec. 4

Santa will make his first visit of the season to the Vandalia area when he rides his sleigh into town in the Rotary Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 4.
The parade, which begins at the Fayette County Courthouse parking lot at 10 a.m., runs east on Gallatin Street to Fourth Street, where it turns south and ends in the First National Bank employee parking lot. Santa will break off from the rest of the parade at Fourth Street and go to Lincoln Park, where he will talk with children in the gazebo from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Organizations and individuals are invited to participate in the parade. Those participants should arrive at the courthouse parking lot by 9:30 a.m. For more information, call Ernie Chappel at 283-1141 or Dave Bell at 283-3374.

Friends & Families raffle under way
Friends & Families of Fayette County Hospital has begun selling tickets for its annual meat raffle.
The grand prize of the raffle is a $500 bundle of meat from Givens Meat Shop. Two other prizes of $250 worth of meat also will be awarded at a drawing that will be held on Dec. 14.
Raffle tickets are on sale – six tickets for $5 – at Givens Meat Shop and at the FCH gift shop. They also will be sold at the hospital’s bazaar, which will be held this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. For raffle tickets, call Pat Strullmyer (427-3645) or Wietse Schaafsma (283-1202).
Friends & Families is a not-for-profit organization that raises funds to help the hospital purchase needed equipment.
“During the organization’s long existence, its efforts have resulted in the donation of hundreds of thousands of dollars to the hospital,” said Schaafsma, treasurer of Friends & Families. “That makes possible the addition and replacement of critical hospital equipment. As a result, the residents of Fayette County have benefited greatly from improved efficiency and better patient care.”
Winners of the meat prizes will be given gift cards that will allow them to get their winnings in smaller increments if they don’t have the capacity to store it all at one time.

Salvation Army bellringers needed
Individuals in the community are being encouraged to volunteer as Salvation Army bellringers this holiday season.
Bellringers are being stationed at Wal-Mart, Harmon's Market and Rural King. The more individuals who volunteer to ring the Salvation Army bell, the more funds that will be collected.
Those who wish to volunteer may contact Rodes Hood at 283-9214.