Many Lakeway area residents stepped up over the holidays to ensure those less fortunate had a Christmas to remember.
Four-year-old Trenton England donated three boxes of toys to Panther Creek Auction and Variety Store as a down payment to Morristown-Hamblen Central Services for this year’s Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund.
Trenton’s mother Brittany encouraged him to donate toys to those less fortunate.
âI told him to choose toys that he wanted to give to other children,â Brittany said. âHe chose the toys himself. He said (the kids) would love them. This is the first year he understands the concept.
Trenton contacted the people at the Panther Creek auction.
âHe wanted to give more,â Brittany said. âHe loves all these guys at the auction. He’s really good at sharing.
Panther Creek Auction and Variety Store co-owner Rick Coffey said auction house patrons donated toys purchased throughout the year, particularly for the Holiday Hope Fund / Angel Tree campaign .
âWe have at least 500 plus toys, plus winter jackets and bicycles,â he said. âWe’ve been doing this all year.
Coffey said more items were to be donated in recent auctions that were brought to central services. The auction has two sales each Tuesday and Friday and two Saturdays each month.
âA lot of people have come here and have been very good at buying stuff,â he said. âThey said, ‘Put it in the toy box. “
Coffey hopes next year’s collection will exceed this year’s totals.
You can make a difference as time is running out for this year’s campaign.
Over 1,500 families will receive a box of Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund food including canned ham, fresh apples, oranges, potatoes, rolls, macaroni and cheese, mixed brownies, 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 is packaged.
Toys will be offered to young children from these families through the Angel Tree Fund. Those who wish to continue helping a family can find Angel Trees at Walmart, College Square Mall, and other businesses in the area.
There are many ways to donate to the Citizen Tribune 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 for donating include PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, and other major credit cards.
You can also donate at any of the Walmart locations in Morristown or at the Morristown-Hamblen Central Services.
You can also send a check to Holiday Hope Fund, PO Box 1622, Morristown, TN 37813.
Opening balance: $ 84,628.13
Claris and Ann Reese, in memory of our mothers, Lola Newman and Mary Reese $ 560
Jan and Liburn Stansberry, in honor of our grandchildren and great-grandsons, Katie, Lauren and
Sharon Watkins, in memory of Arlene Watkins $ 100
Sharon Watkins, in memory of Wayne Watkins $ 100
Gene and Becca Lynch, in honor of our grandchildren:
Total to date: $ 90,208.13