"House of Hope" wraps up a bit of love for children in tough situations

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- The holiday season might be toughest on children separated from their parents-- kids in foster care, state custody or living with relatives.

One group working to make a difference is Cumberland County's House of Hope. They care for at risk children.

For the past seven years, House of Hope has teamed up with law enforcement and the community to organize a Christmas gift drive.

Monday night, more than 100 people came out to help wrap up the fruits of that labor-- gifts for more than 400 children. Toys, games and clothes were sorted, wrapped and bagged. A team effort that volunteers are proud to be part of.

Pauline Zitzke says, "Knowing that you're helping families that couldn't have Christmas, makes you feel real good."

House of Hope's executive director, Denise Melton, says the first year the gift drive helped 60 children. That number has jumped by hundreds through the years.

Organizers begin working on the event in September but collect gifts all year long. Along with Angel Tree sponsors, monetary donations and funds raised through the Threads of Hope thrift store make it all possible.

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