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Community invited to adopt children from ‘Tree of Hope’

From Staff Reports

The Unicoi County Clerk’s office is hosting its annual Tree of Hope program this Christmas season. The tree benefits children across the county, according to County Clerk Mitzi Bowen.

Children in need have been added to the tree and people are encouraged to stop by the clerk’s office and pick one of the ornaments off of the tree.

“This will be our 11th year sponsoring the Tree of Hope,” Bowen said. “We realize that everyone has difficult times in their lives and this is our way of helping them. It could be your neighbor, the person you sit by in church or maybe your best friend or family.”

Bowen’s office adopts out all of the children at Christmas time and Bowen said that the program has grown so much that program is now able to provide food boxes for each family.

“It’s unreal how much our little county will give,” said Bowen.

Each ornament has a particular child’s needs. People then go shop for the child and return the presents to the office to be presented to the child on Dec. 17. On each ornament pertaining to each child, it will have sizes for coats, shoes, pants and a toy that child likes.

The deadline to have all of the packages into the clerk’s office is the week of Dec 12. Pick up day for the families is Dec. 17. Donations can be contributed for the tree any time before then and may be taken to the county clerk’s office.

“I want to thank all of those who have donated this year,” said Bowen. “It’s amazing how heartwarming this little county is. So come one, come all, and adopt a child from the Tree of Hope and let’s make a lot of children’s Christmases magical this year.”