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Hawkins TCAT students pack 720 Christmas food boxes for Of One Accord ministry

Jeff Bobo • Dec 9, 2018 at 8:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Volunteers from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Phipps Bend put a big dent in the Of One Accord ministry's Christmas food box packing needs for 2018 by putting together 720 boxes Thursday in 2.5 hours.

Ministry director Sheldon Livesay told the Times-News he's anticipates handing out more than 1,100 Christmas food boxes in Hawkins County, most of which will be picked up by their recipients on Dec. 20 at the Shepherd Center in Rogersville.

Another 300 Christmas food boxes will be delivered to residents of Hancock County.

The boxes contain traditional holiday meal side items such as instant potatoes, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, and canned vegetables, as well as candy. On Dec. 20 each recipient ill also receive their choice of a turkey or a ham, as well as rolls and a pie.

It's not too late to sign up for a Christmas food box. Hawkins County residents can call Of One Accord at (423) 921-8044 to find out if they meet financial requirements.

Under the leadership of teacher Holly Hopson, 22 students from the Phipps Bend TCAT campus volunteered at Of One Accord ministry by putting together 720 Christmas food boxes.

For the last 18 years, TCAT's Business and Office Technology has volunteered to prepare Christmas food boxes.

Hopson expressed gratitude to Of One Accord for the opportunity for students to complete their community service requirements for such a worthy cause.

She noted, however, that some students that had completed their service hours still wanted to come and be a part and students also volunteered from Welding, Industrial Maintenance, Industrial Electricity, Business, and HVAC.

TCAT director John Burdine and student services administrator Pam Riffner were also on hand to help today.

Of One Accord food pantry director Donna Ramos said the group would have put together the full 1,100 boxes we initially need, but they ran out of boxes.

“I’ve never seen a group work so well together,” Ramos said.

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