Miracle Tree 2016

Miracle Tree Helps Those in Need Celebrate the Holidays

December 20, 2016

Rusk County Memorial Hospital (RCMH) recently hosted a Miracle Tree for the fourth year in a row to benefit families and community members in need during the holidays.

Sponsored by the Rusk County Community Connection (RC3, formally known as Kinship), this program allows families in need to request gifts for children and family members from those who have the ability and willingness to give. Tags with these requested items are hung on the Miracle Trees for community members to take. Givers then shopped for items, gift wrapped the packages and returned them to be distributed to families by RC3.

“The gifts for community members are based on needs—many ask for clothes, boots, sheets or toys children are hoping for,” says Carolyn Welsch, RCMH Volunteer Services Coordinator. “I’m really impressed at the generosity of our employees, volunteers and community members. We had a greater number of tags this year, 40 in total, and every one of them was filled; over half were gone the first day they were available.”

This year, Miracle Trees were located at RCMH and Gordy’s Market, with a total of 159 tags. The donations collected served over 64 families in need this holiday season.

“It makes me happy to give, I have fun doing it,” said Mindy McConnell, a giver from RCMH. “I don’t have children of my own, and it’s a good opportunity to give back to the kids and the community— especially during this time of year when someone might need an extra hand to make their Christmas a little brighter.”

Thank you to all who donated and happy holidays!

RCMH staff donates gifts to the Miracle Tree