A group of volunteers is preparing their annual tradition of caring for those that need a little extra help.
Friday evening, members of the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad picked up hundreds of baskets full of food from the Empty Stocking Fund. Bright and early Saturday morning, those boxes will be delivered to the doors of the elderly and home-bound.
The rescue squad says it's a simple way to fulfill their founder's mission of serving.
"We have been doing this project for well over 30 years. Lots of families have participated; my children started when they were eight years old. They are 30 now and still participate in the program. We just love to give back to the community; we like to be there when they need us," said Leigh Ann Cate, executive director of the rescue squad.
More than 250 families will receive the boxes Saturday, complete with all the fixings, even a Christmas turkey.