A kindred spirit



When the day began last Wednesday, the Blount County Department of Human Resources (DHR) had identified 220 children who may not have a joyous Christmas this year. The Department used the children’s wish lists to decorate their Christmas tree as the children had “visions of sugarplums dancing in their head.”

Within 3.5 hours, the businesses, churches, professionals, and individuals came together, the tree was empty, and all the children had sponsors so that their dreams could become a reality.

In just its second year of existence, the DHR Christmas Child Sponsor Program has been able to help many less fortunate children at Christmas time.

In the past, DHR workers have had the added stress of trying to make sure the children they are invested in have the same Christmas joys as other children. A program like this helps relieve some of that stress and allows the community to come together in a kindred spirit.

“Both years have been a huge success. The number of children sponsored this year was double the number from last year,” said Family and Children’s Services supervisor Alicia Tolbert.

Community sponsors Julee Knox and Julie Curry both agreed by saying, “It’s an incredible privilege and a blessing to help the children of Blount County.”

Tolbert said they would have more children identified, as it gets closer to Christmas. Anyone that missed out on the opportunity to sponsor a child can still do so. Money and toys are also being accepted.

For any questions, or to sponsor a child, contact Tolbert at 274-5200.