By David Knopf/Richmond News
nded Friday on Richmond Salvation Army’s Christmas Tree Store.
The program, which distributes toys and gift cards to children in need in the county, received an unexpected gift of its own from the Rebecca Chapter #27 of the Eastern Star, the world’s largest fraternal organization for both men and women.
Arlene Buford, a Richmond resident who serves as Worthy Matron for the Lexington-based chapter, joined Worthy Patron Randsom Crowley in delivering a $500 gift card to Judy Zilliox, a Salvation Army case manager.
“Isn’t it great,” was all Zilliox could say.
The money will be used to buy toys for this year’s Christmas Tree Store distribution, which takes place Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Buford said her organization’s contribution represents a joint gift from Rebecca Chapter #27 and Starlight Chapter #103 based in St. Joseph. The two chapters make up the 3rd District for the Harmony Grand Chapter of the Eastern Star, she said.
Worthy Matron LaShaundra Randolf and Worthy Patron James Dodd didn’t attend Thursday’s presentation, but were present in spirit, Buford said.