Holiday decoration fund next cause to support

IT MAY BE TOO early to be looking a lot like Christmas yet, but it’s not too early to be thinking about what the streets of Plymouth should be looking like for Christmas.

The Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the city of Plymouth, is spearheading a fund-raising drive to replace the city’s Christmas street decorations.

The current decorations have reached – and gone beyond – their useful life and are sorely in need of replacement.

The chamber’s hope is to fund new decorations that will be more in tune with the historic nature of the city and especially the downtown.

It’s part of a renewed emphasis on the historic downtown, an attribute that is being recognized more and more in many ways, through preservation and encouragement from both the public and private sectors.

Replacing the outdated and worn holiday decorations will not be cheap. The chamber is hoping to raise $25,000 to do the trick.

To get the effort rolling, the chamber has made an initial $2,000 donation. The city has pledged to match any funds raised up to $15,000, so the ball has started rolling.

The chamber has established an online fundraising page at https:// Donations of any amount, large or small, can be made easily and quickly online at the Fundly site.

The chamber plans to distribute donation canisters for the fund around the city at various businesses and offices. Those canisters will make a perfect place to deposit any loose change you have while visiting those stores and offices, and every little bit of change will add up quickly.

The chamber will be collecting for the decorations through the end of next year, with the goal of having the decorations purchased and ready for display in time for Christmas 2017.

That’s a few Christmases away, but plenty of time to make the holiday spirit grow and shine.

The Plymouth community has shown time and again it will step up and chip in for a worthy cause when asked.

The most recent example was the successful campaign to raise funds for a K9 unit for the Plymouth Police Department.

That effort kicked off last spring, with a goal of raising $60,000 by the end of the year to purchase a police dog, a squad car and training for a police officer/dog handler.

That effort succeeded beyond expectation, with the funds raised by the end of summer and the program set to go into service shortly. Indeed, the new K9 unit – Officer Justin Daniels and the K9 unit dog Zoey – will be the honorary marshals of this year’s Christmas Parade Friday, Nov. 27.

That makes a perfect connection from one community-wide fundraising effort to the next. It should help spur a response that will be as enthusiastic and successful as the K9 fund-raising effort was.

Plymouth has proven time and again that it has the heart to support a worthy cause and stepped up to meet the challenge every time. New decorations to bring the holiday spirit to the entire community would be the next best way to show our community pride and spirit.

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