With the holidays in full swing, the McLaren Greater Lansing Foundation teamed up with local businesses, civic organizations and hospital departments to spread holiday cheer across the mid-Michigan community.
For 11 years, McLaren Greater Lansing (MGL) departments have come together to decorate and donate trees and gifts to charities and families in the community as part of its A Simple Gift: Community Tree Program. This year, the foundation extended the invitation to participate to the Greater Lansing community.
Each group received a 3-foot artificial tree from the foundation and worked together to decorate and shop for items to share with a charity, family or individual.
“We started this program years ago as a way to give back to our friends and neighbors,” Lynn Griffor vice president, McLaren Greater Lansing Foundation said. “This program not only spreads holiday joy, but it also provides a tree and gifts to people who otherwise might not have one during the holidays. It’s a small thing, but it makes a big difference.”
“Extending the program to include businesses and organizations in the community made the program even more of a success,” Griffor added. “We were able to give trees and gifts to around 20 additional recipients. This is a huge deal.”
Nearly 50 groups participated in the program and donated to local charities, as well as families or people in need. The participating groups and their recipients, respectively, are as follows:
Additionally, photos of the trees were posted to McLaren Greater Lansing Foundation’s Facebook page where more than 700 people in the community voted on which one would be named Social Media Star Topper. This year’s winning tree was submitted by McLaren Greater Lansing Department 4 Main.
“The social media voting is another fun way to spread holiday cheer and show off the hard work each group put into decorating their trees,” Griffor said. “This year’s winner was the McLaren Greater Lansing Department 4 Main, but really, everyone’s a winner in this program. It’s all about giving back and making the holidays a little brighter for someone.”
To learn more about the McLaren Greater Lansing Foundation or the Community Tree Program, visit mglcampaignforcare.com.