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2008 Angel Tree Program accepting applications

The holidays are a time that typically inspires voluntary acts of kindness and gratitude among humanity. But when tragedy strikes or an unexpected emergency affects people, especially coworkers and their families, the events can be stressful and overwhelming.
Thankfully, MUSC employees, their families and other needy members of the Lowcountry community, have a place to turn in time of need. This year is expected to be particularly hard on many Charleston area families due to the current economic situation.
For the fifth consecutive year, the MUSC family is dedicated  to supporting the MUSC Angel Tree Program as part of The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program to assist families and individuals during the holiday season. For the last few years, MUSC has earned the distinction of being the program’s single largest contributor in both the Charleston area and Southeast.
“It’s turning out to be a tough year for everybody,” said Liz Nista, Blood and Marrow Transplant and program coordinator. “For some families, it becomes a choice between having heat or buying food. The holidays are at the bottom of their priority list.”
In October and November, The Salvation Army in Charleston County (2135 Ashley River Road), will be taking applications to assist families in need this holiday season. If you know of someone or a family struggling and needs help, encourage them to apply for this year’s program.
Families and individuals wishing to apply must, bring the following documents to apply: valid drivers license or picture ID and Social Security cards for all members in the household, children’s birth certificates or Medicaid cards, proof of expenses (old bills, rent receipt), and proof of income (check stubs).
Applications are accepted from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 20 - 24, Oct. 27 – 29, and Nov. 5 – 7.
Look for information about the MUSC Angel Tree Program in The Catalyst or in the Broadcast e-mail System. According to Nista, this year’s program will kickoff in mid-November with the distribution of Angel Tree gift tags to supportive employees and departments.
For information, call 763-9881.


Friday, Oct. 24, 2008

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