'Basket of Hope' gives stuggling families a boost for holidays

7:46 PM, Nov 18, 2012   |    comments
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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and it's a time of year for everyone to be thankful. But for more than a thousand families in Knoxville, the holiday season can be the hardest.

To help families make ends meet during the holidays, dozens of Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries volunteers distributed Thanksgiving dinners under the overpass on Broadway next to KARM this afternoon.

Burt Rosen, KARM CEO and president, said this small gesture goes a long way in these tough economic times.

"For some people this will be the only Thanksgiving meal they'll have," said Rosen. "For others this means they will actually be able to feed their families for a couple days where they might not have been able to. They can leave the lights on, and other things that are so desperately needed just to make things meet."

Each year KARM asks the community to "adopt" boxes of food, do the grocery shopping with a provided grocery list and fill and decorate the boxes. Volunteers return these filled boxes to KARM on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

KARM officials said this year had the highest number of applications for Thanksgiving baskets ever, rising from 1,600 to 1,800.

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