By GWEN SISSON
The “angels” are ready to be adopted as part of the 2010 Webster County Angel Tree Project.
Individuals, families and churches are encouraged to stop by the front office of North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora Hospital and chose an “angel” or two. Stop by the information desk and give your name, phone number and the “angel” number to the receptionist to make the “angel adoption” official.
Over 200 angels are available for adoption this year, which is more than previous years, according to organizers. Last year, about 150 “angels” were placed on the tree at North Mississippi Medical Center – Eupora.
Organizers said as little as $50 can make Christmas brighter for the “angels” on the tree.
All “angels” will have a small list of needs and wants, as well as ages and clothing sizes.
The list will be available just in time for Black Friday shopping. Mixon said by hitting the sales, adopting an “angel” is very do-able. She encourages churches and individuals to adopt angels early to take advantage of the best Christmas shopping savings.
“Angel” gifts are due back at the hospital Dec. 13-15. Gift bags are preferred over gifts wrapped in wrapping paper, so the parents will be able to see what the children are receiving.
Parents will pick up “Angel” gifts Dec. 17 at the hospital or at participating churches.
As part of a new community-wide effort, the NMMC-Eupora Angel Tree Project is urging churches and other organizations to adopt “angels” and handle a portion of the gift distribution.
Organizers are also hoping to create a central list of children in need this Christmas in order to reduce duplication.
Many times, “angels” on the tree are also receiving help from other churches and organizations. By streamlining the process, organizers hope all needy children can have a special Christmas.
“With everyone working together, so many more children can have a wonderful Christmas, and it provides an excellent outreach program for local churches,” said Robin Mixon, coordinator for the NMMC-Eupora Angel Tree Project. “This is something we can do for local people and it is always a blessing.”
There are a variety of ways to help Project Angel Tree:
• Adopt an “angel” – “Angel” gifts can be purchased for about $50.
• Make a cash donation – NMMC-Eupora can not accept checks and the donation is not deductible if made through the hospital. If you participate through a local church, a check or cash donation can be tax-deductible.
Volunteers can use cash donations to help take care of angels who do not get adopted, and/or make economical purchases for those who would like to help out but can not buy presents for whatever reason.
Mixon said a lot of older people use this option to adopt their “angel.” The volunteer shoppers can make Christmas special for a needy child for just $50.
• Encourage your church to adopt an “angel” or take up a special offering.
• Encourage friends and family to adopt an “angel” –Let them know the names are screened by the Webster County Health Department and a committee to verify that the recipients are needy children in Webster County.
• Volunteer your time – The Angel Tree Project needs people to help transfer information to each “angel” on the tree, to arrange items for pick-up and assist with phone calls.
• Donate items – We will collect toys, socks, Bibles, gift bags or other items donated from those who would like to help in this way.
For more information about Project Angel Tree at NMMC-Eupora, contact Mixon at 258-9341 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org .