It was a good Christmas as Arkansans stepped up and took care of others through programs like the Methodist Family Health Angel Tree.
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That, said Kelli Reep, allowed people to choose children, “who will be in our care on Christmas Day who don't yet have a Christmas angel to provide them gifts for the holiday.”
Reep is communications director for the organization and said this past year’s Tree was successful.
“For the kids’ Christmas, we provided 250 children presents on Christmas Day,” Reep said and noted that a total of $37,000 was donated between purchased gifts shipped through Amazon as well as cash contributions.
“Last year, we served about as many,” Reep said. ”Both years, our donors provided gifts in our Methodist Behavioral Hospital in Maumelle, both our psychiatric residential treatment centers in Bono and Little Rock, our three therapeutic group homes in Little Rock, Helena-West Helena and Magnolia, therapeutic day treatment in Little Rock, Arkansas CARES babies and children in Little Rock, kids in our outpatient counseling clinics in Alma, Batesville, Fayetteville, Heber Springs, Hot Springs, Jonesboro, Little Rock and Magnolia, school-based counseling clinics in Harrisburg, Hot Springs, Jonesboro, Nettleton, El Dorado and Vilonia, and our Kaleidoscope Grief Center clients. While our locations are in these areas, we serve children and families throughout the state so our donors provided gifts to those in our care throughout the state.”
To her, the Tree was, “a huge success” and, “so far, we have been able to provide gifts for every child in our care on Christmas Day every year we have asked donors to participate. That’s our goal each year – to make sure each child in our care that day will” receive Christmas presents.
“With everything that has gone on the past two years – pandemic, inflation, quarantine – the fact our state’s citizens see the value in helping a child and his or her family know they are loved and cared for speaks to our spirit. Our children, families and everyone who works at Methodist Family Health is profoundly appreciative for these donors’ generosity.”