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

Shirley is raising her four grandchildren.

The children are ages 12, eight, six and two. As most of us know, Christmas is a hard time of year and Shirley is struggling to see that the children have gifts to open.

Shirley knows all about the Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund.

“I depend on the Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund because I have four grandchildren who I take care of and it really helps me out with them,” she said.

Two of the children are in elementary school, while another is attending Head Start. The other child, Shirley keeps herself.

“I’m on a limited income, so the Holiday Hope Fund helps me when getting the children things for Christmas,” Shirley said. “I really appreciate how the Holiday Hope Fund helps free up resources for me.”

Shirley has been a Holiday Hope Fund recipient for many years, since her oldest granddaughter was eligible for it several years ago.

She likes the care that Morristown-Hamblen Central Services gives to each family receiving assistance.

“There’s no discrimination here,” Shirley said. “They’re very helpful, too.”

The Christmas food basket also helps with Christmas dinner, Shirley said.

“We get our Christmas basket, so that helps with our meal,” she said. “They’ve really helped me. We use Central Services for energy assistance, too.”

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.

Donations are accepted 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: $23,741

Loretta Haun $45

In memory of Katherine Viola Cluck by: Charles M.

Cluck $ 75

Terry and Margie

Hackney $50

Mary D. Zabrosky $100

Fish Sunday School Class of First United Methodist Church $200

Barton Springs Presbyterian Church $460

Roadway Retirees $100

HHF Total $24,771

Goal $100,000