Kemna helps grow hope through giving

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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CHAD THOMPSON

It’s the mission of the Tree of Hope to make the holidays brighter for children in need by providing them with multiple clothing items and a toy.

The Tree of Hope is a Kemna for Kids Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Each child will receive a coat, gloves/hat, pajamas, shirt/pant set, undergarments, socks, shoes and a toy.

This year about 358 children are signed up.

That number, according to Tanya Elliott, an accounting employee at Kemna, has gone up.

“The need is definitely great,” Elliott said Monday. “Unfortunately.”

Charlotte Hippen, another accounting employee, said there’s about 100 more children on the list this year.

The list of names is acquired through schools, churches, and the general public.

“We had a lot more kids this year,” Hippen said. “But not as many donors.”

On Monday, sacks of presents from Target filled an office at Kemna.

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