Family receives gifts from Ms. Clauses
by Chance Wright
Dec 16, 2012 | 708 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Elizabeth Williams and her staff played Santa Claus Friday by passing out gifts to members of the Fulton family, whose home was recently destroyed by fire.
Elizabeth Williams and her staff played Santa Claus Friday by passing out gifts to members of the Fulton family, whose home was recently destroyed by fire.
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You can call Elizabeth Williams or any of the fine ladies she works with in Cleveland, "Ms. Claus."

For Friday at least, Williams and her staff had the special job of delivering holiday cheer to two local families in need.

The office of Delta Soul Medical Hospice looked to be straight out of Santa's workshop with ribbons, bows and other symbols of the season scattered about.

In the entrance room was a brightly lit Christmas tree and around it an impressive stack of gifts and goodies waiting to be distributed.

The group's family adoption project showed what the holiday season is really all about – helping others in a time of dire need.

"We are always looking for unique ways to reach out to the community," said Williams. "While kicking around ideas of what we could do this Christmas season, we chose to sponsor a pair of families struggling to provide a Christmas and decided to adopt them."

The ladies often serve clients in need and attempt to find unique ways to help, so adopting these two local families just seemed like the right thing to do.

Each family consists of five children.

"Take the first family, the Fultons, which we adopted from Rosedale," Williams continued. "Their home was recently destroyed by a fire and this family lost everything. Without help there would be little under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning and we wanted to provide this family, especially the children, with something to look forward to."

Williams said that giving back to the community that they serve is not just a Christmas time thing.

"We choose someone from in our community at least once a month to give back," she continued. "Some of the things that we have done this year include feeding residents of the town of Alligator after the tornado that destroyed many homes, putting together a clothing drive for families whose lives were devastated in Winstonville and participating in a can food drive for needy families across the Delta.

"We would love to challenge other healthcare agencies to start a give back program in this community," she added.