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November 30, 2013

UMCH gears up for Live Nativity

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Ina Grade School is donating nine trees for this year’s celebration. District 80 and various churches and groups are also contributing trees, Holland said.

The public will vote on the “Best Decorated Tree” at the festival. The classroom with the most votes will receive a pizza party.

Holland said festival proceeds benefit UMCH programs and services for area children and families.

The facility offers a residential treatment program for young adults. In addition, UMCH has several off-campus programs, including outpatient counseling, day care, foster care and a program to help at-risk mothers.

Mooney said it takes about 55 to 60 volunteers to put on the Live Nativity and Festival of Trees.

Most of the volunteers are UMCH clients, as well as staff and their families. The Friends of UMCH Auxiliary also serves a hot meal for the children and staff members volunteering.

“It’s a lot of different moving parts,” Mooney said.

The young people staying at UMCH look forward to volunteering for the event each year, Mooney said.

The goal of the celebration is to connect the original Christmas with a modern audience, Mooney said.

“It goes really well with our mission and our legacy and the message that we’re trying to send to the community,” Mooney said.

If you would like to donate a decorated tree for the festival, contact Holland at 242-1070, ext. 234.

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