Cumberland Woodturners President Gail Hagenbach presented House of Hope director Denise Melton with a check for $1,500.  

The earnings came from the Cumberland Woodturners’ annual Christmas ornament sale from the handmade ornaments the membership made and displayed on their group’s Christmas tree at First National Bank of Tennessee’s Parade of Trees in December.

Melton spoke to the group of assembled woodturners, telling them about all the services they offer to assist children and families in Cumberland County.

“We are an arm,” Melton said, referring to the extension of the House of Hope’s assistance to Cumberland County departments and functions, such as the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Children Services, Invitation Ministry, many other organizations and families. House of Hope is a local nonprofit organization whose services include assisting families and children who are in transition to meet their needs, providing a safe and homely meeting place at their facility for supervised visitations for children and parents, supporting grandparents raising their grandchildren and so many others. 

House of Hope receives no government funding. 

“Our main source of income is Threads of Hope, our thrift store,” said Melton, “and generous donors and groups like yours.”

The Cumberland Woodturners welcomes the opportunity to support the community through their donations, choosing to benefit House of Hope this year to further their work and service to the county’s children. 

Cumberland Woodturners is comprised of men and women artisans who create beautiful and functional wooden pieces of art. They meet in Lake Tansi on the last Wednesday of the month, beginning with social hour at 5 p.m. followed by the meeting from 6-8 p.m. For more information about Cumberland Woodturners, visit