Although they are not able to collect Christmas gifts for the patients this year, the members of Church Women United still want to make sure the patients at the Mississippi State Hospital in Whitfield have a Merry Christmas.
Due to COVID-19, Church Women United is asking its supporters to make monetary donations only to support the hospital this year. The Mississippi State Hospital has 504 licensed psychiatric beds and 423 licensed nursing beds.
“We do this every year, and we know how much this means to the patients,” said Martha Gray, a member of Church Women United.
Those wishing to make a payment can mail checks to Church Women United, c/o Martha Bray, 195 Anne Dr. Inn Road, Leland, MS 38756.
The annual Christmas project of the group began nearly 60 years ago in an effort for patients to be able to experience the joy of the holiday season while they are away from home.
“Many of the patients at the hospital either have family members that can’t or won’t visit them at the hospital. Without organizations like ours, these patients would get nothing for Christmas,” Bray said.
Since 1941, women of the Church Women United movement have held a vision of Christian unity and prayerful action. CWU was founded as a racially, culturally, theologically, inclusive Christian women’s movement to celebrate unity and diversity and work for peace in the world.
“We are women of faith from many denominations,” Bray said. “We come together to help those in need.”