The elves down at Redbud Deli are doing more than serving up tasty treats this Christmas.
They’re making sure Morristown’s needy are able to enjoy the holiday season as well.
On Thursday, Dec. 19, the Redbud will be donating 10% of sales – excluding gift cards and catering – to the Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund.
“We feel the Holiday Hope Fund means a lot to this community because it helps fill some of our neighbors’ needs and relieve some of their worry about not having enough for their family during the holiday season,” Redbud owner Lisa Long said. “We are glad for the opportunity to help folks in our community have a merrier Christmas.”
Each year, the Holiday Hope Fund distributes food baskets, with the makings of a wonderful Christmas meal, to roughly 1,500 seniors and families across Hamblen County. In addition, families with children 12 and under are given three age appropriate toys per child.
“We’re so proud of the way the community supports this Hope Fund every year,” said Tribune Managing Editor John Gullion. “And we’re thankful for the support of business leaders like Lisa who step up and graciously give their time, talent and money to this worthy cause.”
Gullion added the Hope Fund gives the food and toys directly to the parents or guardians so that they can decide how to best to give to the child.
“As a child raised by a single working mother, trying her best to provide for her two sons, I understand the benefits of being shielded from the dark, painful realities of living in poverty,” Gullion said. “I understand the benefits of blissful childhood ignorance. In our family, in addition to my mom, it was my aunts and uncles, my grandparents who stepped up and allowed me to have the childhood my brother and I could not have otherwise had.
“Now, as a father myself, I understand the responsibility of preserving the magic of childhood as well as the magic of Christmas. I know how precious the years a child believes in Santa are and how heartbreaking it is when that belief dies due to the simple passage of time.
“I can’t imagine the guilt of having a child lose that little gift of wonder because we couldn’t afford, through circumstances often beyond our control, to buy presents this year.”
In addition to the 10%, the deli will be accepting donations to the Hope Fund.
You can also 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 $36,155
In memory of Mary Ellen Cannon $1,000
Don and Margie May in memory of Meso $50
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1073, benefiting Christmas food boxes for Veterans $2,500
Tom Derry in memory of Son, Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister and Kate $75
Torchbearers Sunday School Class of Trinity United Methodist Church $100
Lee Allen Dalton $20
“The Usually First Thursday Bunco Group” $100
HHF Total $40,800
Hope Fund Goal $100,000