"This money will be used to help meet the needs of children in our nine elementary schools," explained board member and treasurer Ginger Scott.
Since 1896, local Putnam County children have benefited from new eyeglasses, shoes, medicine and other needed items made possible through the Mary Allison Children's Trust.
Students at all nine county schools receive help from the fund. Sometimes it's clothing or glasses; often it is medicine. At times, deposits for turning on gas or electricity in students' homes are paid from the fund. Schools choose how to spend the money to help students.
Walmart is one of the fund's trust patrons. By making a donation of $500 or more, any organization or individual can become a trust patron.
Gifts of $101 to $499 will make you a trust partner and a donation of $10 to $100 makes you a trust friend.
Much of the money for the fund comes from the organization's yearly golf outing. This year's event will be held on July 9 at Old Hickory Golf course.
Sponsors for this year's outing are Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, Tri-County Bank & Trust Company, Wabash Capital Inc., Duke Energy, Walmart Store and First Financial Bank.
Anyone interested in making a donation for the golf outing can contact Jim Jackson at 522-1000, Joe Ferguson at 653-9258 or Ginger Scott at 655-2333.
The Mary Allison Children's Trust came about from the sale of the Mary Allison Children's Home, established in 1912 to house disadvantaged children.
The home was closed due the declining number of Putnam County children and teenagers residing at the orphanage. It was sold in the mid-1980 and the trust was created.
This fund provides financial assistance toward health care, education and welfare for underprivileged children in Putnam County when all other resources have been exhausted.
A sum of $1,000 is given annually to each of the nine Putnam County elementary schools. Teachers and counselors at each school determine how the money is spent on an immediate basis.
The funds are unrestricted, meaning school officials can use them for any purpose, as long as it benefits the students.
"The goal of the board of directors of the Mary Allison Children's Trust is to provide funding necessary to continue the legacy of Mary Allison in improving lives of the children in Putnam County," said Scott.
For more information about the Mary Allison Children's Trust, contact Ginger Scott at email@example.com or call 655-2333.