Disabled man pays it forward to HHF

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

A disabled man in the community wanted to pay it forward.

Sam came to Morristown-Hamblen Central Services in mid-November. He told the receptionist that he finally started receiving his disability check that he had been fighting for more than 3 years. Sam worked his entire life (for 34 years) at an area plant, ended up injured and was unable to continue working. He barely scraped by after losing his employment and had to utilize Central Services pantry, as well as the Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund food baskets on a few occasions.

Now that he is able to sustain on his own again, he wanted to give something back. He gave a cash donation and did not take his receipt or provide a name. Instead, he said it was through Jesus Christ that he was able to give and that was all that really mattered.

This is a prime example of what this program offers. It’s not just a food box, nor is it just some gifts to place under the tree. It provides a sense of hope and kindness that can’t truly be put into words. Christmas is a time to celebrate the gift of true love and this gentleman understands just what that means.

The Citizen Tribune’s Holiday Hope Fund is administered through Morristown-Hamblen 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. Those families will receive a HHF food box including a turkey breast, fresh apples, oranges, potatoes, rolls, macaroni and cheese, brownie mix, sugar, flour, canned green beans, canned corn, canned peas and pinto beans. 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, National Fitness Center and other area businesses.

There are many ways to donate to the Holiday Hope Fund. Those wishing to donate online can go to www.citizentribune.com and click on the Holiday Hope Fund button on the main page or on the Central Services website at mhcentralservices.org. Other online options include PayPal, MasterCard, Visa and other credit cards. You can donate at the table at College Square Mall near Kohl’s at the children’s play area or online at mhcentralservices.org.

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

Holiday Hope Fund

Balance Forward $57,769

Anita Scott Class of First United Methodist Church in memory of Anita Scott $100

David and Jeannie Amos $100

Amos Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church $200

Koininia Sunday School Class of Alpha Baptist Church $200

Shirley Standifer $100

William F. Sanders in memory of Deborah

Sanders $100

Rebecca Wampler in memory of Dana

Wampler $100

Robert and Barbara Garrett in memory of Coach Saulsbury $100

Joe and Jean Huntsman $300

Sharon and Ed Martin $50

In memory of Katherine Viola Cluck and Charles Lynn Cluck by Charles M. Cluck and Elizabeth Ramsey $100

In memory of Benjamin F. Slabberkorn and Danny K. Lawson $50

Patricia G. Lane in memory of Joyce and Charlie Lane $ 1,000

Anonymous $50

Roberta West in memory of Family and

Friends $100

Deborah Circle of First United Methodist

Church $500

Total Service Offering $60,919

Holiday Hope Fund Goal $90,000