Father, daughter  turn to HHF for ailing Nana

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

A father and his small daughter came to Morristown-Hamblen Central Services recently after a friend told him about getting some help for the holidays.

Donald works at a local factory and earns a decent wage, but he is also caring for his elderly mother, who is in the early stages of dementia. Expenses often stretch his paycheck to the limits and his mother’s small Social Security check is barely enough to cover a trip to the grocery store.

Donald felt ashamed to be asking for help, but he also knew that taking some of the burden off of him this Christmas would feel like a million pounds.

During the interview, Donald’s 6-year-old daughter told the caseworker that she helps take care of Nana, so she would like a Doctor’s kit from Santa this Christmas, perhaps a “Doc McStuffins” play set.

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 was 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 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 Morristown-Hamblen Central Services. 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.