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Possomtown Outreach launches annual holiday drive

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Local not-for-profit Possomtown Outreach is again gearing up to take items to families in need in and around Sneedville for the holiday season.

Located in Hancock County, Sneedville and the surrounding area have the lowest median income per household of any county in the Volunteer State. Each year, Possomtown Outreach delivers goods and toys to the area for the holidays. Last year, thanks to the generosity of local donors, the organization gave 262 households - from families of six or more to elderly shut-ins - about a month's worth of healthy food, clothing, bedding, personal hygiene items and toys for children to open on Christmas morning.

Items needed this year are non-perishable food, winter coats and sanitary items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes and deodorant. Organizers say there is also a special need for children's winter coats and gently used and clean or new bedding material from sheets, pillows and blankets to mattresses and mattress covers. As always, gently used or new toy donations are welcome.

This year, the Possomtown Outreach tractor-trailer will be located in downtown Possomtown, across from Friendship Christian School on Coles Ferry Pike starting today through Friday, Dec. 16. Donations may be dropped off any time directly at the trailer during daylight hours. If you need assistance with your donation, contact Jerry McFarland at (615) 330-8474. Monetary donations may be mailed to: Possomtown Outreach, PO Box 26, Lebanon, TN, 37088.

Donations will also be accepted at the Possomtown Christmas Parade, which will begin in front of Friendship Christian School at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, with Dr. Roger McKinney as the grand marshal.

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