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Knights raising funds for Timber Hills transportation
by Jebb Johnston
Oct 10, 2013 | 76 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Larry Gann (from left), Bill Geer and Charlie Spearman, executive director for Timber Hills,  hope to see a big response to this year's candy drive supporting transportation for clients of Region IV Mental Health Services. Gann is grand knight with the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus. Geer is the treasurer.  / Staff photo by Jebb Johnston
Larry Gann (from left), Bill Geer and Charlie Spearman, executive director for Timber Hills, hope to see a big response to this year's candy drive supporting transportation for clients of Region IV Mental Health Services. Gann is grand knight with the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus. Geer is the treasurer. / Staff photo by Jebb Johnston
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The cost is no more than a few coins.

The result could be positive change in a person’s life.

The local Knights of Columbus chapter is asking the community to help them support Region IV Mental Health Services with the annual candy drive, which helps Timber Hills provide transportation for its clients.

“We are the only mental health center in the state that provides wall-to-wall free transportation services to our clients,” said Charlie Spearman, executive director for Timber Hills. “If it wasn’t for what we get from the Knights, we wouldn’t be able to do that.”

The Knights will solicit donations today from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Locations are Walmart and the Harper and Fulton intersection. Kroger and Gardner’s were to be added if enough people were available.

The Knights, a Catholic fraternal service organization, have done the project in Corinth since 1986. Donors get candy in exchange for their pocket change, but folding money is gladly accepted, also. The funds are matched four-to-one by the state.

Through the years, “We’ve gathered probably a little over $400,000, with what’s given from the state,” said Larry Gann, grand knight. “We are averaging collecting probably $3,000 to $4,000 every year in just people’s pocket change.”

The drive usually generates about half of Timber Hill’s cost toward the purchase of a new vehicle. Federal funds cover 80 percent of the cost.

“We believe people out in the county need these services as bad as somebody in the city,” said Spearman. “If anybody wants to come to our day program, we guarantee them free transportation.”
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