Trevecca Nazarene University

MHR helps 52 foster children have a better Christmas

Members of the MHR staff pose next to a carload of presents that will be given to foster children at an event Thursday night.
  This year, Trevecca’s MHR staff persons led a campus project to provide Christmas gifts for 52 local children in foster care.
  • The 52 children were associated with Wee Care Foster Care, is a 501C-3 organization, serving Clay and Macon counties (and part of Sumner county). Located in Lafayette, TN, this agency operates under the larger umbrella of the Tennessee Foster and Adoptive Care Association (TFACA). [Each region has its own chapter that services their respective counties.]
  • This agency does not benefit from the Angel Tree Project.
  • MHR staff persons were advised of the need by Laurenda Whisenhunt, former MHR student at Volunteer State Community College, who organizes the Christmas party each year for these children. She and her husband have adopted five of their previous foster children. They currently have one more foster child in their care, who they will be adopting in March 2009.
  • This year is MHR’s 2nd year to be involved with this project. They were advised of the need in October and immediately began to ask for volunteers to sponsor these “angels.”
  • Average amount spent $35 – totaling more than $1800
  • Each child will receive pajamas, slippers, and an age appropriate toy.
  • TNU/WNAZ black backpacks were taken and filled with school supplies by an area church for all children.
  • Trevecca’s Office of Admissions donated T-shirts.
  • MHR staff designated two afternoons to boxing, wrapping, bagging, and tagging all gifts received.
  • The party for the children is Thursday, Dec. 11, from 6:00-8:00 PM. It is being held at the Macon County fairgrounds. The evening will consist of food, music, and a visit from Santa who will deliver the presents.
  • From campus, the MHR staff, School of Business faculty, Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service (including the Academic Support Center and Career and Counseling Center) were involved. Overall, approximately 20 different entities donate time, money, supplies, food, gifts, etc. to make this event possible. Other contributors include TN Tech, Trinity Music City, area churches, and businesses in the county. One area business (in Portland) is paying two of their employees to decorate the facility in time for the party.
  • Anyone interested in participating in the coming year can contact Pam Costa at; however, the needs of the agency are year-round.