Ladies of Charity is closed on Friday, February 12, due to weather.

Ladies of Charity will follow this policy for inclement weather:

  • When Knox County schools are closed one day, Ladies of Charity will be closed. It will be posted on Facebook and local TV channels (WBIR, WATE, WVLT).
  • When Knox County schools are closed more than one day, Ladies of Charity will post closings on Facebook and contact local TV channels.

If you are concerned for your safety about driving conditions, do not come to Ladies of Charity. Please contact your chairperson or call Ladies of Charity at 865-247-5790. Please be sure to know your chairperson’s name and number and/or email. Debbie Donahoo, Volunteer Chairperson, can be reached by text/phone at 865-599-0088 or by e-mail if you need contact information for your chairperson or your volunteers.


Since our Knoxville beginnings in wartime 1942 and through the 70 years into 2012, the Ladies of Charity (LOC) has consistently addressed the immediate, that is, the emergency needs of the underserved, unemployed and underemployed regardless of race, creed, color, or country of origin.  We provided over 56,000 free services in 2012, a 24% increase over the previous year. 42% of those served were children.  LOC’s services iLOC bldg with signnclude food, clothing, kerosene for heating fuel, medication, utilities, rent, infants, newborn layettes, new housing/apt startup kits, and personal care and hygiene items. The costs for all of these services increased 15% when compared to 2011.  These offerings are available every week day and our clients’ needs are skillfully and compassionately discerned by our Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) interviewers and EAP Manager.  With 80% of our financial EAP disbursements going for food, over 203,000 meals were provided! Over 180 volunteers donated over 30,300 hours!

People cannot make long-term changes in their lives until their basic needs are met. And at Ladies of Charity we try to aid their journey with immediate short-term assistance.

2014 Community Impact

Helped 26,074 people with food

Helped 15,000 people with clothing

Helped 361 people with kerosene

Helped 137 people with medication

Helped 1,076 people with utilities

Helped 47 people with rent

Helped 2,685 infants with formula, diapers, baby food and layettes

Helped 6,343 people with toiletries, personal care and adult diapers

Many lives were touched by the 51,676 plus services freely given


“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Teresa