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Shelly Russell

Shelly Russell

The Christmas Season has officially started. We celebrated Thanksgiving last week and that always kicks off a flurry of activities. Immediately, we are launched into Black Friday, Cyber Monday/ Cyber week, and then Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday was celebrated on November 27 this year. It is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and lots of collaboration. Giving Tuesday is all about donating time, your gifts or talents and/or financial donations to help your local communities and other charitable organizations.

Giving is a very personal decision. Obviously, each of us has a passion for different things. Church tithing, Food Banks, and a whole host of wonderful non-profit organizations depend on the generosity and commitment of their donors.

Mitchell County Regional Health Center offers a variety of ways in which our community members can give back through MCRHC. We currently have approximately 30 volunteers guiding our patients through our Osage campus. We have three boards which govern and support MCRHC all made up of volunteers. We hold special events, such as the children's health fair which require a team of volunteers. This time of year we host the Angel Tree, which many of you participate in, supporting senior citizens of our community who find themselves alone during the Christmas Season. Last, but not least, the Mitchell County Memorial Foundation accepts financial donations, with much gratitude, in support of enhancements to our plant, equipment and services.

Watch for our annual Foundation newsletter in your mailboxes (if you are a current donor,) or in our MCRHC waiting rooms, and at your Chamber of Commerce locations across Mitchell County. This Christmas season, I encourage you to reflect on the many blessings in your life and give generously of your time, talents and/or finances.

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