Editor’s Note: The name of the Holiday Hope Fund recipients have been changed to protect the family’s privacy.
A young couple, Alex and Anna, are living the typical life.
Alex works a third-shift full-time position at one of the area plants, although his hours have been affected by COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Anna is a stay-at-home mom with two small children because she feels that putting them into daycare or hiring a sitter would cost more than she would make if she was working.
This young family gets by OK until the holidays. Then the special needs of Christmas hit.
The family has signed up with the Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund for the fifth consecutive year. Anna says that the Hope Fund is a “Godsend” to be able to have the extra food and gifts during the holiday season.
One child, a boy age 3, is into Paw Patrol and PJ Masks.
The other, a girl, age 1, likes her cuddly toys, including teddy bears and kittens.
Their Christmas wishes, like so many others, hang from the branches of Angel Trees located at businesses throughout Hamblen County.
All will benefit from a food box from the Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund.
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.
Those families will receive a HHF 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 these 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, National Fitness Center and other area businesses.
You can donate to the Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund via mail at Morristown Hamblen Central Services. P.O. Box 1622, Morristown, Tenn. 37816.
You can also call 423-586-9431 or visit the website www.holidayhopefund.org and donate online.Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund
Holiday Hope Fund
Beginning Balance $29,710
Ricky Spitzer $50
Jean F. Coffman $500
Jack and Nancy Fishman in honor of our grandchildren: Lucas, Leabeth, Lydia and Jacob $100
Charlie and Phyllis Hurt in honor of Michael and Denise
Catherine Miller Sunday School Class of First
Presbyterian Church $300
Randolph Pokomy $50
In memory of Bill Richardson by Norma $50
Harvey Lynn Sawyer in memory of Erma Lee Sawyer $1,000
Paul and Betty McLain $100
Ken Lingerfelt $200
Ann Mach $75
Don and Phyllis Turley $100
The Golden Circle Class at Hillcrest Baptist Church $100
David D. Long in memory of Sharon Long $100
Maria Arturi $100
Edith L. Roberts $25
Marlys M. Wood in memory of my husband John B.
Jim and Helen Mac Leay $100
The Friendship Class Zoomers of First United Methodist
Jim and Ina Page in memory of Mrs. Mildred French $100
Judy and William Locke in honor of Rhea Jarnagin $100
Ben and Shirley Way $50
Wanda Peoples $25
Regency Retirement Community Church $2,000
Nannie L. Bullington and Family of the Bullington $50
Junior and Jan Stansberry in memory of Darvin
Ann S. Mitchell in memory of Bob Mitchell $150
Yater Breeding Sunday School Class $100
Mr. and Mrs. Hoy Treece $200
Mrs. J. Alan Morgan $100
Ritchie and Carolyn Blackerby $100
Shorty Gann in memory of Joe and Gladys Helton $100
Fonda Collins $100
Paula Inman in honor of my sister and family who live
out of state $100
James and Susan Whiting $100
Noah and Marjorie Wilson $100
Jimmy and Donna Self $100
Auditorium Sunday School Class of Buffalo Trail Baptist Church in honor or Mary McDaniel, teacher $100
Eleanor and Garrison Rose $25
Donald and Gail Wolfe in memory of Chris Wolfe $100
Diane Fox $100
Mr. and Mrs. Collis R. Nelson $100
Judith Bartholomew $75
In memory of Lee Harrell by his family: Reba Harrell, Rick and Tamara Harrell and Patty Dockery $100
Margaret Hill in honor of children: Pamela Dalton, Jimmy H. Hill, Jr. and grandchildren: D.J. Hensley, Ashtyn, Tatum and
Tucker Hill $100
Larry and Gayle Davis in memory of 1st Sgt. Mike Davis,
Betty R. Graves $100
Peggy S. Visser $50
Bethel Baptist Church $50
Gary and Linda Maas $200
Wanda Vaughn in memory of Lon Vaughn $25
V. Sandra Bethke $1,000
Connie Richardson $100
Martha M. Anderson $200
Bill and Mary Lynn Bales $100
Bethel United Methodist Church $250
Eric and Sherry Delay $2,000
Harriett Parker, WMU of Rocky Point Baptist Church $50
In memory of Anita Scott by the Anita Scott Class of First United Methodist Church $500
Glenn Burchell $150
Frances French $100
Total Service Offering $54,285
Holiday Hope Fund Goal $90,000