A child excitedly runs downstairs on Christmas morning to find stockings bursting with toys and candies, and brightly wrapped presents under the tree.
Unfortunately this scene is only a dream for some children, because their families can’t afford holiday gifts.
To help make their dream a reality, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) took part in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program to make Christmas memorable for area children. SRHS associates bought gifts for 40 “Angels” identified on the tree.
“Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System always works to aid the community, but it is even more special to give back during this time of year,” said Kathy Sinclair, vice president of human resources for SRHS.
Through the Angel Tree program, SRHS was able to help children beyond the Spartanburg community and reach out to families in Greenville, Anderson and Asheville, Sinclair said.
The program not only ensures a merry Christmas for a family, it also creates awareness about underserved children in the community.
“As we celebrate the season, we must not forget those who may not be as fortunate, by lending a hand to those in need,” Sinclair said.
To receive these gifts from the Angel Tree program, families in need applied with their local Salvation Army for help with toys and food for Christmas.
Salvation Army volunteers sort through donations, and during the seven-day period before Christmas Eve, families will pick up the gifts donated to their children.