NEWBERRY — Newberry County Memorial Hospital is looking to provide a merrier Christmas to members of the community this year with their Angel/Giving Tree, located in their lobby.
“This is more or less a way our employees and community members that come in, who have been blessed this year, have a way to share their blessings with the next person who needs some holiday cheer,” Administrative Assistant Crystal Mitchell said.
Brenda Williams, executive director of the Newberry Hospital Foundation and director of Public Relations and Marketing, added that the hospital strives to have Angel/Giving information on the tree prior to the Thanksgiving weekend and all information received is confidential.
“We get them on the tree prior to that and we have been very blessed that most of the names are adopted prior to the kick off of the shopping season. So at that point we start replacing and putting our Lovelight ornaments on the tree,” she said.
NCMH works alongside the Department of Social Services, who provides a list of children and adults who are in need this holiday season and Resource Corporation of America, who lends a hand in financial assistance at NCMH.
On average, there are roughly 30 children and between 10-20 adults on the list provided by DSS, which varies depending on the needs of children and adults.
“It’s hard for children to understand others are receiving gifts at this time and Santa’s visiting them and why aren’t they included. This is a way to give them that, too. For the adults, it’s just the idea that someone cares,” Williams said.
Mitchell added that NCMH employees are the biggest helpers with the Angel/Giving Tree.
“We don’t know who takes the names, but the majority of gifts are brought back by our employees. We have departments who will go in together to adopt a child. These people take great joy and pleasure in going out and shopping head to toe clothing, toys, learning materials and really making it a fantastic Christmas for a child or adult,” she said.
Williams said that NCMH employees look at this as someone on their Christmas list.
”It’s not an expectation. It’s just part of their culture and who they are. Hopefully, all of the names will be adopted prior to the Thanksgiving weekend,” she said.
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