After home fire, young family turns to Holiday Hope Fund

Editor’s note: The name of the Holiday Hope Fund recipient has been changed to protect the identity of the family.

Sarah and her two small children have always had enough to get by at Christmas.

This year, however, is a lot different.

Her house caught fire, and their belongings were destroyed. To add another layer of frustration, the house can’t be rebuilt because they didn’t have insurance.

Fortunately for Sarah, she has secured a rental property to last at least through the holidays until she is able to figure out a long-term living arrangement.

She is in a tough spot financially, especially with two small children.

Sarah came to Morristown-Hamblen Central Services after hearing about The Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund from a co-worker.

After talking to a worker, Sarah quickly realized that she was going to be able to have Christmas this year with her children and focus on the blessing of them still being together and safe after the fire, instead of worrying about purchasing special food for Christmas dinner.

Additionally, her children will have gifts to open under the tree.

When Sarah arrived to register for the Holiday Hope Fund, she told the Central Services worker who signed her up that she could take a deep breath for the first time in four months since her home burned.

The Citizen Tribune’s Holiday Hope Fund is administered through Hamblen County Central Services.

More than 1,500 families in Hamblen County were helped by the fund last year and around the same amount of families will be helped this year as well.

The box contains multiples of some of these items and the fresh produce comes bagged.

Toys will be given to young children of these families through the Angel Tree fund. Those wanting to continue to help a family can find Angel Trees at Walmart and other area businesses.

The Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund is administered through Morristown-Hamblen Central Services. There are many ways to donate to the Holiday Hope Fund.

Those wishing to donate online can go to and click on the Holiday Hope Fund button on the main page.

Online options to donate include PayPal, plus MasterCard, Visa and other major credit cards.

You can donate at the table at College Square Mall near Kohl’s at the children’s play area or online at

You can also mail a check to Holiday Hope Fund, P.O. Box 1622, Morristown, TN 37813.

Holiday Hope Fund

Balance Forward $8,260

Cheryl Hulbert $95

Deidra A. Burroughs $70

Lorria Jarnigan $190

Veronica Elberth $50

Jerry Helton $50

Debra Nichols $25

Sherri Wells $70

Monty Bryant $500

Gary McNabb in memory of W.N. and Mildred McNabb $100

Nancy McLoughlin $25

Stephanie Pursley $95

Richard Stansberry $45

Lee Dalton $50

Rebecca Linville $50

Susan Vrba $25

Renee Carr $25

Steve and Kathy Combs in memory of their parents: Willie and Hazel Combs and John T. and Kathryne Bible $100

Roadway Express Retirees $100

Bill and Jean Cates $100

Janet Wohlwend $100

Anonymous $100

Barry and Linda Bean $50

James E. Walker in memory of my wife Grace $100

Anonymous $1,000

Anonymous $20

Dorothy Arwood in memory of my hushand, Charles F. Arwood $100

Doris Loar $100

Dr. and Mrs. Charles Moyers $100

John Fassler in memory of Elisabeth $300

Jeannine Blevins in memory of Bethany E. Houston $100

Jack and Gwen Kirk $500

Mildred Estes $200

Mr. Stephen D. Collins $25

Judith Anglin $25

In memory of Dwain Argo given by: Ann Argo and Ashley and Mike Greene $200

Anonymous $1,000

Scott and Janet Killian $95

Mary D. Zabrosky $100

Total to date $14,240

Hope Fund Goal: $90,000