Possumtown Outreach will again this Christmas carry needed items to Sneedville in Hancock County - one of the poorest counties in the state and the country.
According to organizers, 93 percent of children in Hancock County rely on the National School Lunch Program for a meal each day. This year, organizers plan to take a host of items on the annual trip to Sneedville, and they will begin accepting donations at a tractor-trailer on Monday, Nov. 30. Donations can be dropped off at any time, and the tractor-trailer is located across from Friendship Christian School. Anyone who requires assistance with a donation may contact Jerry McFarland at (615) 330-8474.
Items needed are: non-perishable food, winter coats, sanitary items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc.) and toys (gently used or new). The organization also hopes to take serviceable bicycles and tricycles as well as housekeeping items (pots, pans, dishes, plastic cups), and bedding such as mattresses and box springs, sheets, blankets and pillows will also be accepted. Any donated bedding must be in good, clean condition. Officials with the Hancock County Help Center added they are in short supply of warm children's clothing from sizes four to 12.
Possumtown Outreach is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. Monetary donations are tax-deductible, and the organization can stretch donations into a lot of food for families in need by buying bulk food items from the distributor.
Donations may also be brought to the Possumtown Christmas Parade, which will start in front of Friendship Christian School at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13.
The delivery caravan is scheduled to leave for Sneedville early on Friday, Dec. 18, and deliveries will be made in cooperation with the Hancock County Rescue Squad on Dec. 19, just in time to help the citizens of Hancock County have a merry Christmas.