Fourth annual christmas tree donation helps make the season bright for families in need

For the fourth, consecutive year, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. partnered with Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children's Hospital to donate nearly 50 decorated, artificial Christmas trees to several underserved families in San Antonio.

"We are delighted to be able to provide our clients with some holiday cheer this season. Christmas is a time of compassion and giving, and that's what these trees symbolize. We are grateful for the generosity of Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children's Hospital, and the joy this donation will bring many families," expressed Oanh Maroney-Omitade, vice president of clinical operations at Methodist Healthcare Ministries.

As part of their holiday celebrations, several departments of Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children's Hospital participated in an annual Christmas tree decorating contest. Trees adorned with unique ornaments, some hand-crafted by employees, were put on display at both hospitals, transforming the facilities into winter wonderlands. Select trees also contained presents for an extra holiday surprise. The trees were then delivered to Wesley Health & Wellness Center where they were distributed to approximately 50 families who participate in Methodist Healthcare Ministries' programs and services.

"Getting a Christmas tree means a lot to me and to my children," said a Christmas tree recipient. "There wasn't going to be a Christmas tree at our home, but thanks to Methodist Healthcare Ministries, we had a happier Christmas. We were very surprised and grateful. It was truly a blessing."