‘Key Women’ sponsor ‘Adopt a Miriam Day Care Child’ for 2014 holidays

The Key Women of United Methodist Neighborhood Centers of Memphis (UMNC) are urging United Methodists to “adopt” students from the Memphis Conference agency’s Miriam Child Development Center.

For the 2014 holidays, the group is encouraging individuals and families to each pick one of 75-100 Miriam students and to buy Christmas presents for their chosen child.

UMNC is an organization designed to provide childcare, spiritual development, social services and education to people in the Memphis area who need them, according to UMNC’s website. The child development center exists as part of this mission, and the Key Women is a UMNC support organization.

Key Women member and former president Sharon Cornelius says in past years, the group has organized a Christmas toy store, allowing parents of Miriam students to “shop” for donated toys. However, toy donations have gone down recently, and the store couldn’t adequately meet needs.

This year, the Key Women are trying something new by sponsoring an “Adopt A Miriam Day Care Child” event instead of its typical toy store. The event will allow United Methodists to “adopt” students and fill 13-gallon bags with suggested presents for them.

“We will not be able to serve as many [as we served with the toy store], but those we do will be served more abundantly, not only with toys but with much-needed clothing items,” Cornelius says.

Miriam’s 17 teachers will also receive presents. The Key Women will give each a Christmas food basket, thanking them for their service.

Said Cornelius: “We continue to strive to show God’s love through our work at The United Neighborhood Center and hope and pray we can continue to bless those in need as this organization as done the past 107 years.”

To arrange to adopt one or more students, contact Cornelius at ssc0113@bellsouth.net.

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