Forgotten Child Fund Volunteers Working Hard To Provide For Children In Need

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2022
  • Earl Freudenberg

Forgotten Child Fund volunteers are working hard to make sure no youngster is left out this Christmas. Fund President Kelly Simmons said, “Because of inflation this will be one of the hardest years in the history of the fund.” Mr. Simmons said nearly 15,000 children received gifts in 2021 because of the Forgotten Child Fund. He hopes to top that number this year.

The Forgotten Child Fund began in the early 60s by Chattanooga Police Officer Johnny Wright and has grown every year. Mr. Simmons said there are no paid employees: “Everyone is a volunteer.” The fund operates out of the FCF office, application center and toy shop at 1715 E. Main Street. The application center will be open until Dec. 6.

Mr. Simmons said those applying between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. should bring social security card of parent and children, photo ID and proof of guardianship if not the parent. The fund telephone number is 423-697-0031.

FCF also partners with WTVC TV, Channel 9 and the “coats for kids” campaign. Hundreds of coats are distributed each year to children who need a nice warm coat for the cold winter months. Volunteers will be at Hamilton Place Mall outside in the upper Dillard’s parking lot on Thursday, collecting donations, toys and coats.

Mr. Simmons said donations can be left at every fire hall and ambulance station in Hamilton County.

The highlight of each year’s campaign is the Santa train on Christmas Eve when Santa himself leads dozens across Chattanooga visiting some of the neediest families.

The fund is operated by the Chattanooga Police and Fire Department, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, and Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services.

The funds website is

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