A local charitable organization is still in need of assistance from the community.

The Friendly Fellow Club has handed out its food baskets for 2020, but the need for donations still exists for the club. Officials are asking local residents to remain in the holiday spirit and continue giving to the organization.

FFC officials have noted that applications are up 50% and distribution has increased, which also resulted in an increase in costs related to more boxes and also rising food costs, which means the club is in need of more donations to ensure they can meet their expenses.

Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 325, Athens, TN 37371-0325 or can be made via credit/debit card or PayPal on the Friendly Fellow Club website, friendlyfellows.org, by clicking the Donate button at the bottom of the page.

The Friendly Fellow Club is a 501(c)(3) organization. Not only are the donations tax-deductible, but because the Friendly Fellow Club operates under an all-volunteer board, 100% of all donations goes to help families in Athens and McMinn County.

The Daily Post-Athenian will print listings of donors as contributions come in throughout the season. Donations in honor or memory of a loved one are always a special tribute and are most welcome.

Donors using the online payment portal can add an honorarium/memorial by including that information in the “Add Note” section of the donation portal.

For more than 80 years, the Friendly Fellow Club food basket project has been a Christmastime tradition for the entire community in Athens and McMinn County.

Started by J. Neal Ensminger and Frank Buttram, the effort serves households in the community with food to get them through the winter. The Friendly Fellow Club’s work is not possible without the help of people across the community and officials want to get as many people involved as possible to make it a continued success.

For more information, email friendlyfellowclub @gmail.com or visit friendlyfellows.org

Recent donations to the Friendly Fellow Club include:

• In memory of Bob Perry, $400

• From John Proffitt, in honor of healthcare workers, $100

• From Athens Kiwanis, $650

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