KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) says they’re prepared for Christmas, but they are reminding those that want to donate that they need help even after the holidays are over.
“We’re a 24 hour operation,” said Sue Renfro, the Marketing Director at KARM.
Renfro says the shelter serves nearly a thousand people a day and 400 people each night.
On Christmas Eve, the shelter plans on serving breakfast and a special showing of a White Christmas in the Chapel.
The shelter is collaborating with the Salvation Army to cook a special meal of roast and potatoes for Christmas.
Each guest will also receive a gift in the dormitories.
“We give out socks as gifts on Christmas eve,” said Renfro, “but we’ll need even more socks.”
KARM goes through 200 socks each month according to Renfro.
The shelter is asking for volunteers, donations of basic needs and financial gifts.
“It takes a high energy heat bill to heat a facility that large,” said Renfro.
For a complete list of items the shelter needs and more information on donating visit karm.org