Mission of Hope

Christmas Blue Barrel Collections

  • November - December

Mission of Hope Christmas Blue Barrel Collection in Knoxville & Lexington

2017 Christmas Campaign & Blue Barrel Collections

This will be the 22nd year for our Christmas Campaign. From our first campaign helping 150 children in 1996; we are preparing to help over 18,000 children and their families this year with food, hygiene, new clothing & new toys. Our 2017 Christmas Campaign Blue Barrel Collections begins Friday, November 17 and continues through Tuesday, December 5.

In Knoxville, the Big Blue Barrels are located at any participating Chick-fil-A® Knoxville, Fisher Tire, Food City, Home Federal, Kmart, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union location. In Lexington, the Big Blue Barrels are located at any participating Chick-fil-A® Central Kentucky, Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH), Curves or Lexington Family Magazine location.

At Christmas, we focus on New Items Only; primarily because many of the children and families we assist only get new items at this time of year.

Children are school aged and range from Pre-School to 8th Grade.

Items Most Needed Are:

Non-Perishable Food
Green Beans 16 oz.
Corn 16 oz.
Fruit 16 oz.
Soup 10.5 oz.
Tuna 7 oz.
Entree Items (Stew, Chili, etc.) 18 oz.
Saltines 16 oz.
Macaroni & Chesse 7.5 oz.
Oatmeal 18 oz.
Peanut Butter 18 oz.
Dried Beans 2 lb.
Sugar 5 lb.
Flour 5 lb.
Cornmeal 5 lb.
Rice 2 lb.

Non-perishable food items only.
Please – No glass containers

Clothing Suggestions
(Children’s Sizes 4 – 18)
Coats – Warm Weather
Jeans & Pants
Shirts & Blouses
Socks & Underwear
Hats & Gloves

Children in Kindergarten through 8th Grades

Toy Suggestions
(Suggested $15 Value Each Gift)
Sports Balls & Equipment
Electronic Games
Arts & Crafts Sets
Fishing Rods
Watches & Jewelry
Fashion Doll Sets
Action Figure Sets
Remote Control Vehicles
Gifts for Children Ages 10-14

New & unopened items only

Hygiene Suggestions
(Full Size Products Please)
Soap Bars
2 in 1 Shampoo with Conditioner (11-15 oz. size)

To help us spread the Hope you can donate financially online, by phone, or by mail. We are a fully licensed 501c3 non-profit charity.


If you have questions, want more information or to make donations by phone, please contact the Mission of Hope office at 865-584-7571 or by E-mail to info@missionofhope.org.