Angel Tree Gets Special Help

The following is a news release from Texoma Medical Center:

Each year, the employees of Texoma Medical Center fill the requests
of needy employee's families during the Christmas holidays through the TMC Angel Tree project. This year three special groups helped the hospital make Christmas wishes come true for these families including a small grant from the Clara Blackford and W. Aubrey Smith Foundation Holiday Funds.

Thirty students from Pritchard Junior High School in Bells made donations to the Angel Tree. Members of the Bells Junior Beta Club and Student Council, these 7th and 8th grade students purchased gifts for other children through the TMC Angel Tree. According to Glenda Gilliam, sponsor of the Junior Beta Club, "The students were excited about this Christmas project because there are many people within the Bells community who work at TMC." Chellie Harmon is the sponsor of the Student Council.

In addition to the special donations by these students and the Smith
Foundation, members of the TMC Foundation Development Committee contributed close to $1,000 for the Angel Tree Project this year. The committee expressed the desire to give back to the employees who have given so generously of their time over the years to the Memorial Weekend events. The Development Committee is made up of 28 local women who volunteer their time and talents to help the TMC Foundation raise funds for the hospital through various special events. Over the past 18 years the committee has raised close to $6 million for Texoma Medical Center.

Since 1993, the TMC Angel Tree project has benefited TMC employees
who have found themselves in dire financial situations beyond their control.

The Angel Tree offers a way for TMC employees and community members to donate toys, food and clothing to those who might otherwise have little or no Christmas.