Tree of Hope seeks additional donations

Montgomery County’s “Tree of Hope” program is asking the public for additional donations this Christmas.

A "Tree of Hope" holds cards with the wants and needs of local children. This one was on display at First Bank, N. Main St., Troy, Nov. 12, 2014. (Communities in Schools photo)

A “Tree of Hope” holds cards with the wants and needs of local children. This one was on display at First Bank, N. Main St., Troy, Nov. 12, 2014. (Communities in Schools photo)

Through the cooperative efforts of several local non-profit organizations, the Tree of Hope is intended brighten the holidays for local children in need. Individuals typically take on one or more children from a tree and buy specific items, which are delivered to families by Christmas.

Lynn Epps of Montgomery County Communities in Schools says about 600 children have been helped so far this year, but more than 200 have not. Given the amount of time needed to collect and distribute gifts, Epps said the most efficient way to assist at this point is with a cash donation, though donations of toys, books, coats, children’s socks and underwear are still welcome.

Checks can be made payable to MCPC and delivered or mailed to the Montgomery County Partnership for Children, 404 N. Main St., Troy, N.C. 27371.

803 children are included in this year’s Tree of Hope effort. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the number represents more than 12% of all children in Montgomery County.

More information about the local Tree of Hope effort is available from Lynn Epps at Communities in Schools at 910-573-0974.

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