Editor’s note: The name of the Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund recipient has been changed to protect the identity of the family.
Things were looking up for the family as Mike, a father of four, was up for a full-time position at a car repair shop.
Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March and cut hours significantly for the employees of the business, in turn, cutting his position down to just two days a week.
This family lives in public housing, which is a blessing. They also receive help from LIHEAP, but with such few hours at work, there is no extra money for Christmas presents for the children.
The family has four children ranging from ages 5 to 14 who are all enrolled in virtual schooling. While this helps decrease the risk of COVID-19, it hinders their mother from working.
This has been challenging since the younger children were never exposed to electronics like computers and video games.
Fortunately, this family was able to come and sign up for the Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund by appointment to help with Christmas this year. They will receive a Christmas food box and toys for the children.
The Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund goal for 2020 is $90,000. You can make a difference as this year’s campaign begins. Due to COVID-19, the kickoff Thanksgiving service normally held at First Baptist Church in Morristown has been cancelled, but a video on the HHF can be seen on the Central Services Facebook page or the First Baptist Morristown website.
An estimated 1,500 families will get a Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund food box including all the makings for a fine holiday meal which can feed a large family or feed a small family or senior for multiple days. The box contains multiples of some of those items and the fresh produce comes bagged.
Toys will be given to young children of these families through the Angel Tree program. Those wanting to help a family can find Angel Trees at Walmart and other area businesses though many who traditionally host Angel Trees are not doing so this year.
The Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund is administered through Morristown-Hamblen Central Services. There are many ways to donate to the Holiday Hope Fund.
You can donate to the Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund via mail at Morristown Hamblen Central Services. P.O. Box 1622, Morristown, Tenn. 37816.
You can also call 423-586-9431 or visit the website www.holidayhopefund.org and donate online.