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Red Stocking campaign will benefit Noblesville students

Noblesville Tri Kappa members Anita Beck (left) and Pam Lehman are asking the community to donate money for students of the Noblesville community who are less fortunate. The sorority’s ninth annual Red Stocking Fund campaign kicks off today and continues through Christmas. The 2013 holiday campaign raised more $11,000 for Noblesville school-aged children. The Times photo by Betsy Reason

Tri Kappa sorority's ninth annual Red Stocking Fund campaign kicks off today, just as the last remaining funds from 2013 have been used by the Noblesville Township Trustees Office.

In 2013, more than $11,000 was raised to be used throughout the year for the students of the Noblesville community who are less fortunate.

Beta Epsilon Chapter of Tri Kappa Sorority and The Times newspaper have joined forces to promote this Red Stocking Fund to make sure the children of Noblesville have the shoes, socks, hats, mittens, coats, boots, and school supplies they need, as well as medicines and other necessities.

The Red Stocking Fund was started in 2006 by a Tri Kappa member who had moved from Peoria, Ill., to Noblesville. She was familiar with this program in Peoria and recommended the Noblesville chapter create a similar fundraiser for the students in Noblesville. As an employee of Noblesville Schools, she witnessed the needs of young children on a daily basis.

This year's chairman, said Pam Lehman, wife of former Noblesville Schools superintendent Lynn Lehman, who retired in 2009 after 25 years with the district. "This gives every school a source to turn to if a need is apparent." Pam Lehman said. "One hundred percent of the donations are put into a fund and the Noblesville Township Trustee's Office distributes these funds throughout the year to the school children of Noblesville."

The Times will once again partner with Tri Kappa in this campaign by regularly printing donation form in the newspaper asking for donations. With a donation, donors can submit a greeting in the newspaper to wish someone a Merry Christmas, honor a loved one or celebrate their family. While the amount of each donation is not published, "any amount is certainly appreciated," Lehman said.

Donations will be collected through Christmas. A donation form can be found in The Times, beginning Wednesday.

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