Never ‘lax’ in community service

FHS boys lacrosse team helps 584 at FFUMC

Some of the 35 members of Farragut High School boys lacrosse team who volunteered on Christmas Community Day at First Farragut United Methodist Church.
Farragut High School boys lacrosse team dedicated the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, to serve at Christmas Community Day at First Farragut United Methodist Church,12733 Kingston Pike.

Under the direction of Robert McFarland, director of lacrosse operations, 35 team members gave a combined 180 hours of service to help needy families in the community.

The team set up centers, filled grocery bags, pushed grocery carts and reset the church facility after Sunday’s event. The event served 146 needy families and 584 individuals from Knox, Loudon, Roane, Monroe, Blount and Sevier counties.

Guests enjoyed a meal in the Christmas Cafe, photos with Santa and free shopping for children’s gifts, books and gently used clothing and coats.

Before leaving, families received a full bag of groceries and household necessities.

More than 160 volunteers from FFUMC, Boy Scout Troop 555, Troop 444 and Girl Scout Troop 20391 also served the families.

Christmas Community Day is an annual hands-on Christmas ministry sponsored by Rita Hommel Endowment Fund, with contributions from the FFUMC congregation, Chuck Shilling Memorial FISH Grant, Publix, Dollar General, Kroger, Rusty Wallace Honda, Family Brands, Ingles and Food City.