NHC Healthcare is hoping to bring joy to its patients on Christmas morning by putting up Angel Trees in the community.
Angel Trees are Christmas trees with angel ornaments on them that have the age and gender of the residents at NHC saying what the patient wants for Christmas. People in the community can take an angel and get the gift for the resident.
“We do a preference list with the patients, and we usually let them pick four or five different things. Then we put them on the angels and put them out in the community and then what’s left we will try to get,” said NHC activities assistant Mirrandie Smartt.
These trees are located at WDG, Captain D’s, Farm Bureau Insurance, Red Door Boutique, Regions Bank and Ben Lomand. There has been such a good community response to the Angel Trees, NHC has had to go and put more angels on them.
“We have actually restocked a few trees out in the community a few times. It has been going really good this year. The community has really been helping this year,” said Smartt.
According to the NHC activities director Amanda Sain, the Angel Tree at WDG has had to be replenished three times already.
“This has been the best year for this tree,” said Sain.
NHC does this every year in order to try to make Christmas morning better.
“We won’t be able to get everything, but we try to do our best and at least give them a few apiece because some people don’t have any family that comes and visits, so sometimes it is all they get,” said Smartt.
The gifts are uplifting, said Smartt.
“It makes them so happy, like a kid at Christmas, that is them at Christmas,” said Smartt. “Just to get one gift last year, one of the patients got a calendar. A calendar, you know $2. That made their whole day.”
A lot of the trees are already empty, which is a great thing. NHC will sometimes restock the trees so if you see one that is empty, check the other locations or come back in a couple days to look for a refilled tree. The deadline to bring a gift to NHC is Dec. 13.
Sain said she is thankful for all the businesses hosting a tree and all the people taking angels and getting the gifts.
“They just don’t know the blessings they are bringing to the patients,” said Sain.