Residents of Morningside, the continuing care retirement community in Fullerton, Calif., wrapped nearly 200 Christmas presents recently for the children and families served by Crittenton Services for Children and Families in Fullerton as part of Crittenton’s annual Angel Tree holiday gift drive. The residents were joined by Morningside staff and volunteers from Crittenton to wrap everything from Barbie® dolls, inline skates, games and toys for younger children to cologne sets, body pillows and even warm pajamas for older kids and teens. The residents and staff selected a “wish” from the Crittenton Angel Tree at Morningside then purchased and wrapped the gifts in the community’s Lakeview Hall. After the “wrap party,” the gifts were delivered to Crittenton where they will be distributed to the kids at the group’s holiday party.
This was Morningside’s third year of participating in the Angel Tree program. Crittenton Services for Children and Families of Southern California is a non-profit social services agency whose mission is to heal the wounds of abuse and neglect, strengthen families, and help troubled adolescents reach their full potential.
“The Angel Tree program has become one of Morningside’s favorite activities of the year,” said Melody McFadden, director of accounting for Morningside and organizer of the event. “Participation among the residents and staff has increased every year because of the outstanding work Crittenton does to help children – some of whom are living in some very sad situations. It feels good to support the kids by making sure they have a special wish fulfilled for the holidays.”
According to Pat Williams, Angel Tree program coordinator for Crittenton Services, “The biggest gift a donor gives is not the one inside the pretty package. It is enlarging the world view of a child to include people who are kind for no reason. Crittenton youth have had so little exposure to that kind of compassion, and every holiday Crittenton makes it a point to show the kids that there is still ‘good’ in the world.”
For more information about Crittenton Services, visit http://crittentonsocal.org. To learn more about senior living at Morningside, go to http://www.morningsideoffullerton.com or facebook.com/MSretirement.