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Possumtown Outreach will again be carrying needed items to Sneedville in Hancock County this Christmas, the poorest county in Tennessee and the seventh poorest in the United States.

Items needed are non-perishable food, winter coats, sanitary items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc.).

Possumtown Outreach is a Not-for-Profit tax exempt organization and your monetary donations would be greatly appreciated and also tax deductible. By buying bulk food items such as potatoes, flour and canned goods from the distributor, Possumtown Outreach can stretch a small donation into a lot of food for needy families. Monetary donations can be made to: Possumtown Outreach, P.O. Box 26, Lebanon, TN 37088.

This year, officials said they want to take additional items such as new or slightly used toys as well as serviceable bicycles and tricycles.

The tractor-trailer will be in downtown Possumtown, across from Friendship Christian School, starting Thursday, Nov. 19, and donations can be dropped off anytime. If you require assistance with your donation, call Jerry McFarland at 330-8474.

Donations may also be brought to the Possumtown Christmas Parade, which will start in front of Friendship Christian School at 1 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 13.

The delivery caravan will leave early on Friday, Dec. 18, and deliveries will be made in cooperation with the Hancock County Rescue Squad on Dec. 20 which will be just in time to help the wonderful people of Hancock County have a Merry Christmas, McFarland said.

He added that anything that churches or church members could do to assist Possumtown Outreach in helping the people in need in Hancock County would be greatly appreciated.

“Thank you for your help from all of us in Possumtown,” he added.

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