Single mother thankful for Holiday Hope Fund

Packing day from a previous Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund campaign. This year, due to COVID-19, many things around the fund, including packing will be done differently.

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

Karen knows how it is to be a single mother.

It is hard work and she finds it harder being a single mother and giving her all to her two special needs children every day. The children both attend school in-person since Karen works as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Although Karen worries about COVID-19 and its effects, she know that both of her daughters, with their disabilities, have a routine and daily schedule important for their development.

Instead of dolls or toys, both girls love books and reading. Their favorite is the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series. Both enjoy helping their mother in the kitchen with cooking. The girls, ages 9 and 10, also enjoy crafting.

This family is a prime example of those who are served through the Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund. They will receive gifts and a food box this year to help them through the holidays.

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 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

You can also mail a check to Holiday Hope Fund, P.O. Box 1622, Morristown, TN 37813.

Holiday Hope Fund

Balance Forward: $5,240

Raymond and Barbara Bible $1,000

Barry and Connie O’Neal in memory of Paul and Virginia Davis (Connie’s parents) and in memory Frank and Irene O’Neal (Barry’s parents) $250

Mr. and Mrs. Matt Seals $300

Joseph Kucan $1,000

In memory of Mary Ellen Cannon $1,000

Nolachucky Baptist Association $500

Anonymous $100

Michael and Nancy Lester $100

Mickey and Debra Clark $45

Jim and Sharron Whitbeck $300

Tammy Anderson $200

Jean Ballinger $100

Noe’s Chapel United Methodist Women $100

Total Service Offering: $6,085

Goal: $90,000