To assist families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, House of Hope, a nonprofit located in Savannah, Tennessee, was able to bring Christmas to Hardin County a little early this year. According to the article published by WBBJ7 Eyewitness News, this event is being referred to as “Christmas in June”, and gave away toys, food, and household items that were provided by Toys for Tots in partnership with Good360, and Shiloh Ministry. This event was open to families and children residing in Hardin County and surrounding areas in West Tennessee.
Janet Waggoner, board member for the House of Hope, commented on the event: “We received these for being a 501©3 organization,” said Waggoner. “We were chosen. There were so many organizations that were chosen to do this, and we were one of them, so we were blessed for that.”
Coloring books, Legos, and stuffed animals were donated to House of Hope to help give back to the community. “We are trying to promote some kind of normalcy back for the kids and to get this in the hands of the kids out in the community,” said Waggoner.
The pandemic has caused so much uncertainty and Christmas may be impacted this year; that is why 18,000 toys and other goods were given out to families during this time of need. Waggoner stated that House of Hope wanted to make sure that families are provided for during these difficult times.
“That’s what we are trying to do, is just get food, clothing, furniture, and toys in the hands of some of the people who really need this, who have not been able to provide for themselves.”
House of Hope also brought in Santa Claus for the kids, making it really feel like Christmas in June.