Angel Tree brings joy at Christmas

Whitney McBee, Director of Workforce & Continuing Education, and her staff gathered many of the donations to the Angel Tree Project.

In its first year, the Panola College Angel Tree project will help make Christmas brighter for more than 100 children.

“We created the Angel Tree to support our students who have children under the age of 12,” said Kelly Reed-Hirsch, Dean of Health Sciences. “Many of our students have financial hardships and may not be able to afford Christmas gifts for their children.”

The gifts will be distributed to students on Wednesday, Dec. 11, the day before the end of the fall semester. The project received monetary gifts, along with toys, books and clothes at the Carthage, Marshall and Center campus locations.

“We had donations from student groups, Beckville churches, Panola College faculty and staff members, and community members who saw our Angel Tree while they were here on campus for lunch or dinner. We even had donations from people who were here for Cookies & Cocoa with Santa,” said Whitney McBee, Director of Workforce & Continuing Education.

“We appreciate everyone’s help in making a child’s Christmas wish come true. Panola College is grateful for the community’s support of our students,” said Reed-Hirsch.