Foster child, homeless needs met by Sedgefield

This year, homeowners in Sedgefield subdivision on the west side of Farragut decided to do something special for those in need.

Jane Cade headed up a committee to “Fill Santa’s Bag” with items for the homeless and six families in foster care through Care Cuts and Childhelp organizations, respectively. After an e-mail was sent out through the HOA, gifts and donations started pouring in.

They had a gathering at their pool area on Sunday, Dec. 11. Santa arrived in an old-fashioned red convertible. Kids were invited to bring the donated items to Santa and received a candy cane after they talked with him. Cookies and hot chocolate were served.

Cory Thompson Dickson with Childhelp and Michele Silva with Care Cuts were on hand to collect the donated items for distribution.

Enough was collected for the six foster families, along with so much more that was shared with other groups in Childhelp.

Along with the donations to Childhelp, Sedgefield collected coats, hats, mittens, socks, blankets and sweaters for Care Cuts, which donates to the homeless.

There was so much donated by residents that it filled the back of two trucks. Many items were brand new and others were gently used. Residents also donated food that could be passed out through Care Cuts: cases of pull-top canned food (beanie weenies, Vienna sausage, tuna, soups, pudding cups, fruit cups). They also collected protein bars and granola bars that could be handed out for a quick snack to those in need.

A special note was received from Childhelp ... . It reads:

“A huge thank you to the neighbors of Sedgefield in (Farragut) for supporting the kids served at Childhelp. Together they haveadopted and supported six families this year with the toy drive.

“We cannot thank each family enough for loving the kids we serve so much! Merry Christmas!”