The 8th Annual One Day of Hope will take place this Saturday at Coffee County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The event takes the whole year to plan, according to Judy Jenkins, who sits on the event’s board along with eight other members. “We have 3,000 that show up on that one day,” Jenkins said. “But I know there are probably 2,000 more that could use the help, too.”
Each guest will enter the fairgrounds and be introduced to a personal shopper that will assist them with picking out food items, winter coats, men’s work boots, accessories, clothing and shoes for all ages and genders.
Some volunteers will be driving golf carts, assisting anyone who needs help getting into or around the fairgrounds. Free haircuts will be offered, with over 30 hairdressers volunteering. Family portraits will also be provided and printed before guests leave the fairgrounds.
Doctors, dentists and mental health workers volunteer their time on the day to address any health concerns. The healthcare professionals offer their services for free on later dates for those in need at their clinics to ensure proper care.
Life Choices will be present to provide resources for pregnant women. Lawyers will also be available for anyone in need of legal aid. Tennessee Connect will also have a table at the event, helping guests who are interested in going back to college. Randstad of Manchester and Tullahoma along with other local businesses will be at a job fair booth to help anyone in need of job assistance.
Free lunch will be provided at the event for all guests. A kid zone will welcome children with inflatables, games, science experiments and free books. They will be given gift bags full of toys and other items. Hygiene kits including shampoo, deodorant, razors and soap are given to guests on their way out. A prayer tent is also set up for those interested.
“We now have 80 churches and close to 500 volunteers that go out and man the booths, organize clothing, provide food and more,” Jenkins said. “We want to make this a spectacular day. The volunteers will treat the people who come in like honored guests at a party. This is one day of the year where they don’t have to worry about money or food.”
Translators will be made available during the event. “We recognize that a large portion of our community is Hispanic, and we do not want them to be intimidated to come out for fear of not being able to communicate,” Jenkins said.
Jenkins requests that there be no smoking on the fairgrounds. A designated smoking area will be made available. Only service animals will be allowed at the event.
For more information about this event, call Jenkins at 931-222-5033 or visit their Facebook page “One Day of Hope Coffee County, TN.”
Katelyn Lawson may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.