Christmas Angel Tree

Written by Teresa Dennard.

The spirit of giving brightens the holidays for many in Panola County

angel treeOnce again, Panola County will open their hearts and pocket books and generously give to help fund the Christmas Angel Tree. Organized by Leah Hanks and the First United Methodist Church, gifts for over 300 boys and girls will be bought and distributed to be enjoyed on Christmas morning.

For residents that would like to participate in the gift giving, trees are located at the Methodist Church, Central Baptist Church, Farmer's State Bank, Panola National Bank and Brookshire Brothers. The deadline for obtaining a child's name and turning in the gifts is December 3.

 ·         All purchases should be returned to the First United Methodist Church.

·         Gifts are distributed to the families by December 11.

·         Each child should receive at least one toy and one article of clothing.

·         Money can be donated and Hanks will purchase gifts that are needed.

·         Gifts should be unwrapped.

Hanks states, "I began handing out tickets at 7:30 am and they were all gone by 8:05. If a family did not get on the Christmas Angel Tree, they can call early on Monday, December 12, to see if we have money available to add more children to the list. We usually are in a position that we can do gifts for 10-15 more children with the money that is donated. We never carry money over from one year to the next. I feel like the Lord gives us the money to provide for this year, and he'll provide more for next year." For more information, contact Leah Hanks at the First United Methodist Church, 903.693.5227.