A pair of fundraisers were held this week for Brother Joe’s Christmas, an effort that provides toys for underprivileged children in our community. On Thursday, Nov. 19, Brother Joe’s Annual Country Ham Breakfast was held at the Logan County Extension Center. This is one of the largest fundraisers in the year. The event brings troops down from Ft. Campbell to help prepare and serve the food. Hundreds of citizens come out to eat with one another and raise money for the children.
Logan Countians also turned out in numbers Nov. 13th to support the 6th annual Brother Joe’s Christmas radiothon-telethon put on by WRUS Radio Station AM 610. According to station manager/owner Chris McGinnis, $8, 771 was collected on air to help the cause.
“I continue to be amazed by the generosity of Logan County when people are in need. Our community never fails to step up and meet the challenge when it comes to others who need help,” said McGinnis.
New this year was the telethon, which was broadcast on EPB Smart TV. Thanks to our local Russellville Electric Plant Board station Logan Countians were able to view the event as well as hear it.
On air during the radiothon-telethon were WRUS’s own Don Neagle, Mack Mallory and McGinnis himself. Joining the crew were Mila Thomas and her husband Pete, Mike and Janice Humble of Agape and many more.
“Absolutely,” said McGinnis when asked if the radiothon-telethon would be back for a seventh year. “We will definitely do this again next year. We are already making preparations on how to make it bigger and better. I’ve already gotten more musical acts that want to play.”
Organizers asked the community to determine what amount they could afford to give to make sure every child in our community has a toy to open at Christmas. Many local businesses helped support the event including: Logan Telephone Cooperative, Inc., Auburn Banking Company, Lewisburg Banking Company, the Electric Plant Board, the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, the Agape Foundation and First Southern National Bank.
Although he has passed on, Brother Joe Carrico’s mission is alive and well. He was instrumental in the Toys for Tots campaign in Logan County for year, now known as Brother Joe’s Christmas. He and many others tirelessly collected throughout the many years so that every child in our community did not go without on Christmas morning.
The Agape Service Foundation, run by Mike and Janice Humble and others, have since picked up the mission since Brother Joe’s death to continue where he left off. Collection is year around and once Christmas is over, Agape begins the process all over again. If you are interested in helping with Brother Joe’s Christmas, you can contact Agape at 270-726-7109.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.