Local granny turns to HHF

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

Drug addiction affects not only the user, but the family, too.

As a result of a parent’s addiction, a trio of siblings are in the custody of their grandmother Edith.

Edith thought that she might have been able to provide Christmas to these children when she stashed away some of her stimulus check she received earlier this year. However, a family member stole her wallet and Edith has had a difficult time staying afloat ever since.

Naturally, Edith is worried about the Christmas holiday coming up, but she refuses to give up.

The children in her care are girls ages 12 and 7, and a 9-year-old boy. These children would be overjoyed with a Barbie playset, a scooter and anything for a pre-teen girl.

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 has been 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.

Holiday Hope Fund

Balance Forward: $6,085

Anonymous $100

Terry and Margie Hackney $75

Richard and Darlene Sentelle $250

In memory of John and Muriel Arnold and in honor of Edith Gose by Jim and Sarah Gose $400

Peggy A. Griffin $100

St. Patrick Council of Catholic Women $100

Robert McLendon $100

Carolyn Lambert $100

Morristown Kiwanis Club $750

Montvue Baptist Church $200

Total Service Offering: $8,260

Holiday Hope Fund Goal: $90,000