The UT men's basketball season tipped off on Monday by helping those in need.
Vol fans got into the home opener for free if they donated a new, unwrapped toy to the Mission of Hope. The toys will be delivered to children in need in rural Appalachia this holiday season.
"We try to go to about 27 schools and 17,000 children that without this they probably would not have Christmas at all," said David Burnett, a volunteer with Mission of Hope.
The Mission of Hope will start collecting toys and other items for its annual Christmas drive on November 16. You'll have several weeks to donate at the blue barrels set up at several East Tennessee retailers.