By Stephanie Moffett, FEMA Region 6 Public Affairs Specialist
FEMA Region VI, Denton, Texas, is observing an annual holiday tradition – buying gifts for “angels” on what’s called the “Cottonwood Angel Tree.” The angels are residents of the nearby Cottonwood Manor Nursing Home.
The “Angel Tree” is a project of the Region VI Employee’s Association and is spear-headed by Region VI Kerry Brinlee, Logistics Management specialist
“We started working with Cottonwood in 2007, my first year in the Employee’s Association,” said Brinlee. “We wanted to do something different and this is what we came up with.”
“Cottonwood Angels” range in age from 38 to 101 and submit wish lists containing a variety of items – everything from clothing to books to snacks. Regional employees select an “angel” and then purchase those items on the lists.
“Some of these folks don’t have children or spouses, they are all alone,” said Brinlee. “I look at it as a way of giving back to the community, to people who can’t do for themselves as much as they’d like. We want people to know they are not forgotten.”
In addition to the “Cottonwood Angel Tree” and in the spirit of the season, Region VI also collects toys for children in December and delivers them to the Denton Fire Department via motorcycles and other vehicles; the toys are then donated to the Marines “Toys for Tots” Foundation.
Denton, Texas – 12/20/12 – Region 6 gathers gifts for the Cottonwood Angel tree. The gifts will be distributed to residents of the Cottonwood Manor Nursing Home. Photo by FEMA/Stephanie Moffett