December 21, 2010


COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) sponsored the twelfth annual Holiday Hugs gift drive that provides needy school children of Maury County with gifts of winter jackets and clothing. Medical center employees, physicians and volunteers provided gifts to 493 children from 17 Maury County elementary and middle schools this year.

“Every year, so many at the medical center show their generosity by helping children in our community through the Holiday Hugs program,” said Cindy Fox, director of volunteer services, who coordinated the drive. “This year, I would like to particularly thank the employees and physicians of the Emergency Department, who selected more than 100 names and purchased gifts for each of those students.”

Gift tags were created with the children’s first names, ages, sizes and their school’s dress code colors, and placed on Christmas trees at the medical center, where employees, physicians and volunteers could select the names. Wrapped gifts were collected and delivered to the schools on December 14.

This is the second time this year that MRMC has worked with the local school system in helping Maury County children. In the fall, MRMC participated in Operation: School Supplies, for which 30 large boxes of supplies and more than $300 were collected.