According to a press release from the Golf Tournament Committee, the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) has identified more than 200 children in the community who will not enjoy a traditional Christmas this year.
No toys. No gifts. Nothing.
“This is a very disturbing thought to us and as firefighters, we have decided to do something about it,” the press release said. “We, the firefighters of the Spalding County Fire Department, are helping DFCS provide a Christmas for these children this year.”
In order to do this, the Fire Department is putting together its fourth annual tournament, which will take place on Sept. 11 at the Griffin Country Club at 9 a.m.
The event will feature prizes for first place, second place, third place, longest drive, closest to pin and putting. There will also be a raffle for door prizes. Lunch will be provided.
“We’ve helped raise more money and helped more kids each year,” said Lt. Keith Tate, one of the organizers of the event. “We hope to increase it this year too.”
He said last year’s golf tournament raised $8,900 and this year’s goal is $10,000.
The entry fee is $220 per team, and the tournament will use the four-man “Fort Lauderdale” format, in which each player hits a ball and the team goes with the best of the four. The entry fee is due with the application. Six teams have already signed up and there is a 25-team maximum.
“What we need right now is hole sponsorship and some donations for raffle prizes,” he said.
It costs $100 to sponsor a hole and other cash donations and donations of prizes are welcome. Checks should be made out to Firefighters’ “Christmas for Kids,” to the attention of Keith Tate. Donations can be dropped off at the Carver Road fire station or mailed to 600 Carver Road, Griffin, GA 30224.
Those interested in finding out more information can contact Tate at 770-597-0691 or Linda Klaassen at 770-228-2129.