Christmas Tree Fund a success in 2000
After a year of fund-raising, the Mayor's Christmas Tree Fund helped make this year an even whiter Christmas for some Eudora residents. Though contributions were down in 2000, Mayor Fred Stewart said he hopes this year will be even more productive.
Last year, the fund took in $7,425.08. However, money is still coming in. In 1999, the fund received $10,690.70. Money was raised though donations by community members in and outside Eudora, as well as Eudora businesses.
The fund helps needy families receive gift certificates for toys to Arrowhead Hardware and food vouchers to C&S Market. The fund provided 704 bags of candy, one for each student in Eudora's elementary schools, as well as 45 boxes containing vouchers and gift certificates.
Stewart also helped raise money for the fund by selling fireworks Dec. 29-31. Despite the cold, Stewart braved the extreme weather and raised $702.80. The Eudora City Council passed an ordinance that allowed the selling and shooting of fireworks for the holiday.
"I was (sick) the night before the fireworks stand opened," Stewart said.
But after a quick prayer and a good night's rest, Stewart was well enough to brave the weather and sell fireworks.
"I woke up the next morning, used some vice and I was fine," he said.
If re-elected this year, Stewart said he hopes the council will pass an ordinance allowing the sale of fireworks around July. The money raised will benefit the fund.