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

The Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund helps those who have experienced tragedy and loss at a critical time of year.

A family of five had a house fire a few months ago, which has since wreaked havoc on their lives.

Two of the children are in elementary school and one is in pre-k.

Paul, Anna and their family have had to live out of a hotel for months and try to grasp some stability in their lives once again. They did not have renter’s insurance and have no way to replace the things they lost, so they are quite literally, starting from scratch.

Paul and Anna worked full-time jobs and made a decent income without outside help. Now their situation has shifted and they have found themselves in a place of need.

The first thing the family did after the fire was to reach out to Morristown-Hamblen Central Services, from direction of the local Red Cross, and have been working with the caseworker at Central Services ever since. When the time came for registration for Christmas food and toys, the parents were hesitant, but knew deep down, they truly needed this help.

The caseworker and other staff gently guided them through the process and assured them that the program existed to help families in these kinds of situations. Paul, Anna and their family will receive gifts for all the children and a Christmas food box to give them some peace of mind through the holidays.

An estimated 1,500 families will get a Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund 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 those 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, Food City and other area businesses.

The Citizen Tribune 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 2019 Holiday Hope Fund goal is $100,000, but there are fewer days this year in which to raise money.

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.

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 mhcentralservices.org.

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

Holiday Hope Fund

Balance Forward: $35,091

College Square Mall Tree Donations:

Christy Cowan in memory of Ray Miller $50

In Honor of President Barack Obama $25

Mall Tree Cash Donations $54

Nancy Lantz $200

Meritor Employees $270

Anonymous $45

Bethel United Methodist Church $100

Frances French $100

Kim Ottinger Agency $150.00

Anonymous $70

Total to Date: $36,155

Hope Fund Goal: $100,000