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

To say that Cheryl has her hands full right now is an understatement.

“My husband is the only one who works right now,” Cheryl said. “We have three kids, one who is 17, the other girls are ages six and four.”

One of the girls has sensory processing sensitivity, a neutral trait that evolved in 20 percent of the human population which is a survival advantage in some situations and not in others. The other child was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder.

Cheryl is a stay-at-home mom who takes care of the youngest girls.

“I stay home to take care of the girls,” Cheryl said. “Around Christmastime with three children, there’s not a lot of things you can buy them, especially the 17-year-old. I’m really blessed that I’m able to sign up for the Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund to help out with the little girls and be able to get more things for my son.”

The six-year-old girl is in kindergarten and the four-year-old is in pre-K at one of the area schools. Cheryl has applied for disability for the child with sensory processing sensitivity.

“I’m hoping one day if she gets approved that I can pay back society and be able to help provide presents for those who have signed up,” Cheryl said.

The family also looks forward to the food basket from the Holiday Hope Fund.

“It helps out a lot,” Cheryl said.

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

Beginning Balance $24,771

College Square Mall Tree Donations:

The Turner’s in memory of Victor Murphy and Lester Turner $27

Scott and Janet Killian in memory of Matt Seal and Bill Davis $100

Debbie Smith $40

Bob and Lynn Walton $300

Mall Tree Cash Donations $48

HHF Total $25,286

2019 Goal $100,000