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

For Rhonda, the Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund is an answered prayer.

“I’ve been single for a little while now,” she said. “Before my three older boys moved out, I was getting the Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund for them, too. Now it’s me and my six-year-old. We’re really excited that there are programs like this.”

Her son, who is in first grade, has Down’s syndrome and the family struggles financially.

“When you don’t have the money coming in, there’s not a whole lot you can do,” Rhonda said.

For years, when the three older boys were at home, Rhonda used the Hope Fund to help with Christmas, as well as having a great Christmas dinner.

“It’s just a wonderful program to have for the less fortunate. It helps the whole community and helps to give to the less fortunate,” Rhonda said. “All around, it’s just a good program.”

Rhonda said that she wouldn’t be able to have Christmas without the HHF, due to her finances.

“I wouldn’t be able to do anything with the bills. There’s not enough programs that will help with toys,” she said.

The Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund provides a miracle that many families need this holiday season.

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.

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 $23,189

Trinity United Methodist Church $175

Jerry and Doris Loar $100

Ricky L. Spitzer $40

Mike and Anne Ponzio $50

Brooks Ladies Class of Russellville

Baptist Church $50

Mall Tree Cash donations $137

Total to date: $23,741.00

Hope Fund Goal: $100,000