A Lakeway Area tradition will continue on Tuesday evening.

The annual Unity ecumenical Thanksgiving Service, sponsored by the Greater Morristown Ministerial Association, will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at First Baptist Church of Morristown. The service marks the kickoff for the 31st Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund campaign, as a love offering will be collected. Funds will go toward Christmas food boxes for the elderly and needy to be distributed by Morristown-Hamblen Central Services.

The Fund also provides needy parents, grandparents and guardians the opportunity to give the children in their care gifts at Christmas.

Music from the combined choirs of Morristown-Hamblen High School East and Morristown-Hamblen High School West will be featured.

Several area ministers will share the news of the Thanksgiving message. The service will begin various holiday activities lasting until New Year’s Day.

Lakeway Area residents are welcome to attend.

The Rev. Chris Keathly, pastor of Alpha Baptist Church will bring the message. Russell Rowland will be directing music.

Area ministers of various denominations will offer prayers.

The service has been part of the Lakeway Area holidays since the 1970s.

“The service came about to raise funds and provide meals at Thanksgiving through Central Services,” Clay Krummel, historian at First Baptist Church said in an interview last year.

Former Morristown-Hamblen Central Services Director Clara Osborne started the Tuesday night program years ago. In those days, canned goods were brought in. Now the emphasis is on monetary donations.

The offering that is received will be used as seed money for the Holiday Hope Fund.

The Holiday Hope Fund was created to centralize holiday giving efforts so that the greatest number of families and seniors would be positively impacted during the holiday season. Starting in October, recipients go through a vetting process to make sure that the community’s gifts reach their intended recipients.

Angel Trees, laden with Christmas wishes, are located at retailers throughout Morristown. Donations are also accepted during certain hours at College Square Mall.

To mail a donation, checks may be sent to Holiday Hope Fund, c/o Central Services, P.O. Box 1622, Morristown, TN 37816-1622.