KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The holidays can sometimes be a struggle for families who can’t buy gifts for their children. That’s why a local Knoxville family is brightening this time of the year by helping out those families less-fortunate by giving gifts.
Kris and Yolanda Young just want to see smiles on kids’ face. They have been giving away gifts to children in need for the third year now because they say no child should have to wake up with nothing on Christmas morning.
“It’s a really big holiday for me, I just like to see people happy,” said Yolanda.
Yolanda has been wrapping hundreds of gifts for the last 7 days.
“All night and all day, it takes a while to do it all but it’s all worth it,” she said.
This Christmas season, Yolanda and her husband Kris have spent at least $500 of their own money to help children in need.
“It’s for the kids, it’s all about the kids and they need to wake up with something on Christmas morning,” she said.
They are buying any and everything from toys, to school supplies, clothes and even cell phones; they’re a real-life Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
“A lot of times, they wake up with nothing and I love to put smiles on their faces,” she said.
The Youngs’ have already blessed at least 60 children this year.
And, they have more to go. That’s why their bedroom currently looks like a toy room storage.
Young said they will continue to pack their cars and hand out gifts until the day before Christmas, and are willing to help new families until then.
“It completely warms my heart, I just love to see their eyes light up and see them happy and smile, it just makes me feel so good inside to know that I could make them that happy,” said Yolanda.
Young said growing up, her parents used to get her everything she pretty much wanted and needed for Christmas… which is a big reason why she does this. She wants every child to experience that at least once.
If you know a family in need during the Christmas holiday and would like to get in contact with the Youngs’, you can contact them on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/machelle.crispyoung?fref=ts