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
Rebecca Wampler in memory of Dana
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
Roberta West in memory of Family and
Deborah Circle of First United Methodist
Total Service Offering $60,919
Holiday Hope Fund Goal $90,000