Once again this year, the Mission of Hope needs your help to provide Christmas for needy folks in rural Appalachia.

Since 1996, the MOH has collected food, clothing, hygiene items and toys for families who struggle to make ends meet. Now, in its 22nd year, the Blue Barrel campaign will help more than 18-thousand children and their families.

The campaign wraps up on Tuesday, December 5. To participate, you can drop off donated items in the blue barrels located at the following Knoxville locations:

Chick-fil-A Knoxville
Fisher Tire
Food City
Home Federal
Kmart
Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union location.

Items most needed:

(At Christmas, Mission of Hope asks for new items only, primarily because many of the children and families we assist only get new items at this time of year.)

Non-Perishable Food (no glass containers)
Green Beans 16 oz.
Corn 16 oz.
Fruit 16 oz.
Soup 10.5 oz.
Tuna 7 oz.
Entree Items (Stew, Chili, etc.) 18 oz.
Saltines 16 oz.
Macaroni & Cheese 7.5 oz.
Oatmeal 18 oz.
Peanut Butter 18 oz.
Dried Beans 2 lb.
Sugar 5 lb.
Flour 5 lb.
Cornmeal 5 lb.
Rice 2 lb.

Clothing Suggestions
(Children’s Sizes 4 – 18)
Coats – Warm Weather
Jeans & Pants
Shirts & Blouses
Socks & Underwear
Hats & Gloves

Toy Suggestions
(Suggested $15 Value Each Gift)
Sports Balls & Equipment
Electronic Games
Arts & Crafts Sets
Fishing Rods
Watches & Jewelry
Fashion Doll Sets
Action Figure Sets
Remote Control Vehicles
Gifts for Children Ages 10-14

Hygiene Suggestions
(Full Size Products Please)
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Soap Bars
2 in 1 Shampoo with Conditioner (11-15 oz. size)