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Christmas Gifts Arriving at Mississippi College for Needy Youngsters

December 1, 2008

Christmas gifts for needy youngsters are starting to pile up at Mississippi College.

There are two opportunities for faculty, staff and students to give at the MC cafeteria as the holiday season approaches.

The "Angel Tree" project allows members of the MC family to sponsor a child for up to $50 each. MC has "adopted" 130 children through the program sponsored by the Salvation Army. The "Toys for Tots" campaign is another way to make Christmas extra special for a boy or girl in metro Jackson.

As a result of the twin campaigns, clothes, footballs, dolls and toys popular with pro wrestling fans are among the gifts that scores of kids will receive this Christmas, said Community Services Center Director Shari Barnes. She's overseeing the effort again this year on the Clinton campus.

Helping spread the word about "Angel Tree" to MC classmates and decorating the tree at the Caf, freshman Katie Fatherree of Brandon is delighted to play a role. "This is a great opportunity to help a little kid have a great Christmas."

The MC "Angel Tree" project began a couple of days before Thanksgiving. Sponsors must deliver their gifts to the Community Service Center in the BC Rogers Student Center by Dec. 19. Stopping by the tree Monday, MC freshmen April Crum, 18, and Tama Scarbrough, 19, both of Vancleave on the Gulf Coast, say they hope to contribute to this worthy cause.

Later this month, the gifts will be delivered to children in Clinton, Raymond, Jackson, Crystal Springs and other nearby communities. Last year at MC, the "Angel Tree" in some instances helped families with five or more children. In some cases, one or both parents were incarcerated at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County.

Like the Toys for Tots drive led by the Salvation Army and U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, the Angel Tree project can't solve all the needs this Christmas. But it is a good cause that's meant to help make Christmas brighter for some Mississippi families, Barnes said.

Givers to the Toys for Tots campaign have a deadline of Dec. 19 to place their unwrapped gifts in a box at the MC cafeteria.

For more details on the Christmas gift-giving at MC, contact Shari Barnes at sbarnes@mc.edu or 601.925.3267.