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

Nena is a survivor of domestic abuse.

“I’m a single mother with a teenager and two younger children,” she said. “I attend college and work as well.”

With her life experiences, Nena and her family could be the poster family for the Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund.

“The Holiday Hope Fund has helped me so much because my budget is very tight,” she said. “It’s been a really wonderful thing for my kids. They wouldn’t have had a Christmas last year without it. I’m extremely thankful for the community support and love.”

Nena and her family saw the love firsthand last year when they went to the packing event at Morristown-Hamblen Central Services on Cumberland Street.

“We were out at the packing last year and it was great to see the community support,” Nena said.

“My experience with the Holiday Hope Fund was amazing. The community, Morristown-Hamblen Central Services and the Citizen Tribune works together to help people. It’s made a huge difference in my life,” Nena said.

Nena’s goal is to find a job in which to help others and also to pursue her master’s degree.

“I’m loving the education journey,” Nena said.

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.

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: $26,841

Statem Gap Baptist Church $100

The Clerk and Master’s Office, aka ‘The Fun Office,’ in honor of Linda

Bobo $200

Noe’s Chapel United Methodist

Women $100

The Kiwanis Club of

Morristown $750

John and Dorothy Rymer in memory of: son Jeffery Rymer $100

Dorothy Rymer in memory of: Dad, Mom, Brother Oscar and Cecile and Jerry Lathim $100

John Rymer in memory of: Dad, Mom, Sister, Brother Paul and Charlise, Dale Rymer, Edna Morgan $100

Mr. and Mrs. Collis Nelson, in honor of our children and

grandchildren $100

Catherine Miller Bible Class of First

Presbyterian Church $350

HHF Total $28,741

Goal $100,000