By Laura Derr
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 12, 2018) -- The Farragut High School men’s lacrosse team dedicated the weekend of Dec. 1-2 to serve Christmas Community Day at First United Methodist Church in Farragut.
Under the direction of Robert McFarland, director of lacrosse operations, 35 athletes gave a total 180 hours of service to help needy families in the community.
The team set up centers, filled grocery bags, pushed grocery carts, and put the church back in order after Sunday’s event. The event served 146 needy families, a total of 584 individuals from Loudon, Knox, Roane, Monroe, Blount and Sevier counties.
Guests enjoyed a meal in the Christmas Café; photos with Santa; and free shopping for children’s gifts, books, and gently used clothing and coats. As they families departed, they each received a full bag of groceries and household necessities.
In addition to the Farragut lacrosse team, more than 160 volunteers from the church; the community; Boy Scout Troops 555 and 444; and Girl Scout Troop 20391 helped serve the families who attended.
Christmas Community Day is an annual hands-on Christmas ministry sponsored by the Rita Hommel Endowment Fund as well as contributions from the congregation, the Chuck Shilling Memorial FISH Grant, Publix, Dollar General, Kroger, Rusty Wallace Honda, Family Brands, Ingles and Food City.
Laura Derr is Christmas Community Day coordinator at First United Methodist Church in Farragut.
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