Around 50 people from Wilson County visited the town of Sneedville during the holidays to help bring Christmas cheer to families in the poorest county in Tennessee.
The group spent three days in Sneedville the weekend before Christmas helping bring presents to many families that otherwise would not have had them.
"We decided to take all the families and homes we felt were the neediest and help give them a Christmas that they wouldn't have otherwise," said Greg Armstrong, a teacher at Friendship Christian School. Many of the individuals that made the trip were members of FCS's junior class.
This trip marked the 13th visit to the town over the course of 2013. Armstrong said the main focus for the latest trip was to concentrate on individual home deliveries of the presents gathered through support from people in Wilson County.
"Various people sponsored a family," Armstrong said. "It is kind of like an angel tree but not just for children, every member of the family got presents."
Armstrong said there are several organizations that partner in the outreach to Sneedville, not just the school. He mentioned Possumtown Outreach and several area churches that also aid the people of Sneedville, as well as Run4Water.
On the various trips, Armstrong said, "four wells that were dug for homes, we delivered meals at Thanksgiving" and students "helped Possumtown Outreach get their tractor trailer together for the Christmas delivery."
They also helped load the food, toys and other items off the trailer so parents could come pick presents for their children and wrap them at a wrapping station.
“The highlight of our trip, there is a family, the Simpson family, that we visited throughout the year. We decided to provide them with a new home for 2014. We gave them a door knob that they opened up, that will be the door knob on their new home.
“It’s really neat how so many people in Wilson County come together for the ministry in Sneedville. There are a lot of different churches, individuals that come together," Armstrong said.