In a year when masks seem to outnumber wings, Y-12’s angels used some creativity to ensure local children have a wonderful Christmas. The Tennessee branch of the T2 Employee Club distributed more than $11,000 to local charities to be used to purchase Christmas gifts for local children. The following agencies each received $1,400 for the children in their areas:
- United Way of Anderson County
- United Way of Monroe County
- Second Baptist Church Angel Tree in Clinton
- Wesley House Community Center in Knoxville
- Scott and Fentress counties Children’s Advocacy Center
- Storehouse Ministries in Morgan county and
- Loudon County Toys for Tots
The money to facilitate the children’s wishes came from a variety of sources, including funds held in reserve for the annual effort, a $2,800 donation from Consolidated Nuclear Security, a $1,000 donation from the T2 Club and other donations. The 9720-20 Development Maintenance Crew also gave $1,200.
The Y-12 Construction group gave more than $800 in memory of Elaina Branham, who was a big participant in the Angel Tree each year. That money was part of the $1,625 donation to Children’s Hospital because she loved gifts for the children.
“Children’s Hospital had lost a lot of their funding with the cancellation of the Fantasy of Trees. They weren’t aware how much we were donating, and when we showed up, they were so surprised and grateful that they can provide Christmas to children who are hospitalized,” said Tammy Powell, Angel Tree coordinator.
“We are so appreciative of all the Y-12 personnel and organizations that decided to give to the Angel Tree a different way this year. Thank you for all you do every year to help give back to the community, especially to those in need.”
Donations from Y-12 employees will also provide some warmth for area homeless neighbors. Volunteers also recently delivered donations from the Coat Drive to Volunteer Ministry Center in Knoxville. According to Mary Beth Ramey, VMC’s chief development officer, “The Y-12 Coat Drive is the primary source of coats and warm winter wear for the homeless neighbors receiving services at the Volunteer Ministry Center. Without this valuable resource, our clients would have very limited access to coats during the cold winter months.”
Kathryn King, APR, handles public relations for Y-12 contractor Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC