Boy, 4, auction house donates toys to Holiday Hope Fund | Local News

Many Lakeway area residents have stepped in over the holidays to see that the less fortunate are having a Christmas to remember.

Trenton, four, England, donated three boxes of toys to Panther Creek Auction and Variety Shop to pay Morristown-Hamblen Central Services for this year’s Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund.

Trenton’s mother, Brittany, encouraged him to donate toys for the less fortunate.

“I told him to pick out toys he wanted to give to other kids,” Brittany said. “He chose the toys on his own. He said (the children) would like them. This is the first year that he understands the concept.

Trenton got in touch with the folks at the Panther Creek auction.

“He wanted to give more,” Brittany said. “He loves all those auction guys. He is really good at sharing.

Rick Coffey, co-owner of Panther Creek Auction and Variety Store, said customers at the auction house have donated purchased toys throughout the year, particularly for the Holiday Hope Fund/Angel Tree campaign.

“We have at least 500 toys, as well as winter jackets and bicycles,” he said. “We’ve been doing this all year.”

Coffey said more items were due to be donated at recent auctions that were brought to Central Services. The auction has two sales every Tuesday and Friday and two Saturdays every month.

“A lot of people have come here and been really good at buying stuff,” he said. “They said, ‘Put it in the toy box.'”

Coffey hopes next year’s collection will exceed this year’s totals.

You can make a difference as time is running out for this year’s campaign.

Over 1,500 families will receive a Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund food box including canned ham, fresh apples, oranges, potatoes, rolls, mac and cheese, brownie mix, sugar, flour, canned green beans, canned corn, canned peas and pinto beans. The box contains multiples of some of these items and the fresh produce is packed.

Toys will be donated to young children in these families through the Angel Tree Fund. Those wishing to continue helping a family can find Angel Trees at Walmart, College Square Mall and other area businesses.

There are many ways to donate to the Citizen Tribune Holiday Hope Fund:

Those wishing to donate online can go to and click on the Holiday Hope Fund button on the main page.

Online options for donating include PayPal, MasterCard, Visa and other major credit cards.

You can also donate to any of the Morristown Walmart stores or Morristown-Hamblen Central Services.

You can also mail a check to Holiday Hope Fund, PO Box 1622, Morristown, TN 37813.

Opening balance: $84,628.13

Claris and Ann Reese, in memory of our mothers, Lola Newman and Mary Reese $560

Jan and Liburn Stansberry, in honor of our grandchildren and great-grandsons, Katie, Lauren and

Sharon Watkins, in memory of Arlene Watkins $100

Sharon Watkins, in memory of Wayne Watkins $100

Gene and Becca Lynch, in honor of our grandchildren:

Total to date: $90,208.13