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Friday, September 21, 2018
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"Helping Kids For Over 40 Years"

Donation from Tim Short Chrysler & Enterprise

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(Pictured From Left to Right: ROHO Member Stephen Cambron, General Manager/Owner Brian Redmond, Enterprise Representative Kaveh Kashef, ROHO Member Lawrence Tuck, ROHO Member Alex Cook, & ROHO Member Jamie McCune)

Recently, Tim Short Chrysler of Middlesboro and Enterprise teamed up to donate $1,500 to the ROHO organization. Their kind donation will sponsor 10 children in next years Christmas shopping spree. Special thanks to Tim Short Chrysler General Manager/Owner Brian Redmond, and Enterprise Representative Kaveh Kashef.



Students attend shopping spree

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Over 300 elementary aged children from 25 schools in Bell County, Lee County, Virginia and Claiborne and Union Counties in Tennessee, participated in the annual Roho Christmas shopping spree at Walmart in Middlesboro on Tuesday morning.

The children were selected by faculty members at each school and brought to the shopping spree via buses and church vans. Volunteers from the Bell County Chamber of Commerce, First State Financial, Home Federal Bank, Commercial Bank of Harrogate, Mountain View Nursing Home and Rehab Center, East End Pawn Shop, Community Trust, Kiwanis of Middlesboro, Pappy’s, Lincoln Memorial University Athletic Department, Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Southeast Community and Technical College, Middlesboro High School Key Club and J. Frank White Academy greeted the children once they arrived at the store.

Children were partnered with volunteers to help with their shopping spree. Each child was allotted $150 with approximately 60 percent of their money to be spent on clothing and 40 percent on toys. In addition to the $150 shopping spree, each child will receive a new pair of shoes from Walmart.

President of Roho, Bill Dean, says the children chosen to participate in the shopping spree often think of others before picking out gifts for themselves.

“These kids are not selfish at all, they try to get things for brothers or sisters or their mom or dad,” said Dean.

The annual event started in 1970 with five children and has since expanded from year to year as contributions from Roho members, business sponsors and volunteers increase.

The Roho Club sponsors a fishing tournament the first weekend in May each year, with all of the proceeds used for the shopping spree in December. Individual tickets for the fishing tournament are $5 each and many door prizes are awarded. Participants do not have to be present or fish to be eligible for door prizes.

Walmart and its associates begin preparing for the event in September and according to Store Manager Doug Napier, they all look forward to the annual event. In addition to the yearly luncheon and Santa Claus visit provided by Walmart, children also got to meet Olaf from Disney’s popular movie ‘Frozen.’



LMU Athletics takes part in ROHO Christmas shopping spree

rp primary IMG 0521HARROGATE, Tenn. -- The Lincoln Memorial University athletics department officially commenced the holiday season on Tuesday morning, as student-athletes, coaches and staff gathered en masse at the Middlesboro Walmart for the 51st annual ROHO Christmas shopping spree.

Fueled by the selfless fundraising efforts of the ROHO club, this year's shopping spree provided 322 unprivileged area children with Christmas gifts, allotting $110 worth of clothes and $40 worth of toys for every kid. This year's turnout was the biggest in the 50-year history of the ROHO shopping spree and represented an increase of 26 last year. It also marked the culmination of a fundraising effort that had humble beginnings in 1965, when five kids participated in the Christmas shopping spree.

The money used for the Christmas shopping spree is raised in a variety of ways, but the largest portion is collected during the ROHO club's two-day fishing tournament, which is hosted at Norris Lake in early May. Charitable donations from both local individuals and sponsors have also helped increased funding.

The Lincoln Memorial men's basketball team has been a part of the ROHO shopping spree for 13 years, while the rest of the LMU athletics department has participated for more than a decade.

"It's an honor for LMU Athletics to participate in such a worthwhile event," LMU Athletic Director Matthew Green said. "We are so very appreciative of the support that our community shows us and this is a small way for us to reciprocate. It's a blessing to have the opportunity to brighten the holiday season for so many wonderful young people. As much as we'd like to think we are making an impact on them, those children have a profound impact on our student-athletes, coaches, and staff members. It warms your heart witnessing their pure joy, the smiles on their faces, and how thankful they are."

Voice of the Railsplitters and ROHO club member Rusty Peace has served as the bridge between the LMU athletics department and the ROHO club for more than 10 years, as his dedication to both Railsplitter athletics and the ROHO club's fundraising efforts has helped make the Christmas shopping spree a can't-miss event for student-athletes and staff people alike.

"There are so many people that make the ROHO Fishing Tournament and the ROHO Shopping Spree a success each year," Peace said. "While members sell the tickets, area residents and child sponsors buy them. Just as those groups of people do their part in helping the cause, LMU athletics has become a vital part of the shopping spree's success each year. When you have over 300 children to assist and only about four hours to do it, you have got to have adequate help. And each year the LMU athletics department has not only answered the bell, but turns out in force to assist ROHO with this task. They are as much a part of our organization and cause as anyone."

Meeting Place and Time

Middlesboro Country Club

The Roho Club is very grateful to the Middlesboro Country Club. They allow the Roho's to have a place to meet year round.  

We meet the 1st Monday of each month at 7:00PM.  If you are interested in becoming a member, make plans to attend a meeting for more details!

Donate to ROHO

Donate an amount of your choice to ROHO Charitable Trust.

All donations go to help our children!

ROHO Fishing Tourney

ROHO Fishing Tournament 

ROHO Fishing Club sponsors a fishing tournament each year to raise funds for our Kids' Christmas Shopping Spree.

Get more information on the fishing tournament by Clicking here.

Sponsor a Child

For a donation of $150, you can sponsor a child in our Annual Christmas Shopping Spree!