tree to help Santa again this year
For the eleventh year in a row St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics will sponsor a Christmas ‘Angel Tree’ for low income families in the area.
Families in need are encouraged to call Cheri Holthaus at SMH; 962-2327 or Sr. Corinne Forsman; 962-3251. They will confidentially record the child’s name, age, gender, clothing sizes and gift requests. Gift requests should not exceed $25. Names will be accepted until December 10th.
A number will then be assigned to each child to protect privacy and a tag will be made with the information. The tags will be hung on the Angel Tree next to the Chapel entrance for hospital personnel and community ‘elves’ to select; the tags will be available by Monday, December 1st. Those generous persons will then purchase the gift, attach the tag and return the “unwrapped” gift to SMH by Wednesday, December 17th. Families can pick them up the gifts on Monday, December 22nd from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
SMH works in conjunction with the Cottonwood Food Bank to also prepare food boxes for the ‘Angel Tree’ families.
“Some of our area families are struggling financially. The holidays are often the time when you feel it the most, so our hospital is here to help through the annual Angel Tree project,” said Sr. Corinne, Mission Services Director. “Community residents have been very generous in the past, not only selecting ornaments and purchasing gifts, but we’ve also received financial donations so we could purchase gifts for the tags that don’t get picked or so we can buy additional food items for the food boxes.”
If you would like to make a financial donation for the Angel Tree Project please send it to Cheri Holthaus or Sr. Corinne Forsman c/o St. Mary’s Hospital, PO Box 137, Cottonwood, Idaho. 83522.