Hope Clinic wants to spread joy to its patients this holiday season but needs the help of the community to do so.
For the sixth year, the clinic, which provides medical care service to low-income residents of Ellis County, is providing its child patients with an opportunity to receive gifts through its Hope Tree.
“Our only requirement is the children have to be a patient here,” office manager Amy Hollingsworth said. “Parents (of the child patients) usually put all the clothes sizes and wish list of something special that they might want.”
The Hope Tree is an opportunity for the clinic to provide more than just medical care to its patients.
“Seeing the people who struggled to keep their health up, it’s nice to see the community lend a helping hand to them,” Hollingsworth said.
Hollingsworth has been with the clinic for close to six years and as been a witness to the growth of the Hope Tree and the impact it has on the families.
“It has grown probably by 300 people due to the flux of people moving to the area who are low-income families,” Hollingsworth said. “Most of the time, the kids get things to improve their lives like jackets and clothes.”The increase of families in need is the reason Hollingsworth said she wants to get the word out for the community to help.
“Last year, all of the children on our tree weren’t taken,” she said. “There was about 20-30 who weren’t taken. We are hoping to get the word out to the public.
“Right now, we probably have 300-375 children on our Hope Tree,” she said. “We will be taking applications until the end of November.”
Hollingsworth is encouraging residents of the community and organizations to stop by at the clinic, which is located at 411 W. Jefferson St. The clinic is open from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Thursday, the clinic is open until 7 p.m.
“Dec. 15 will be the last day for anyone to pick one up here,” Hollingsworth said.
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