The community has an opportunity to help children have a gift this Christmas through the Morehouse General Hospital Angel Tree program.

The annual program, designed to give needy Morehouse Parish children and teenagers both a "wish" gift and a "need" gift, began Nov.18 and will continue through Dec. 17.

Each child is represented with two "Angels" on the tree, which is located in the cafeteria of MGH. One angel is for Need, another for Wish. To participate, take an Angel Card and fulfill the request for an item listed on the card. There will be a $30 gift limit and participants are asked not to purchase gift cards.

The wrapped gift, with the Angel card attached, should be returned to the Morehouse General's main lobby no later than 2 p.m. Dec. 17.

"The Angel Tree means so much to Morehouse Parish families, from those who have the joy of giving to those who can rest assured that their children will have holiday gifts to open," Deborah Beaver , Director of Marketing and Physician Relations for MGH said. "The Angel Tree Program is another example of how grace and kindness are extended from one Morehouse Parish resident to another." Morehouse General began the Angel Tree program in 2012 and 28 Morehouse Parish children/teens were represented on the tree.

"Many senior citizens and families enjoyed looking at and choosing an Angel; some families brought their children to the Angel Tree to let them choose an Angel to share the joy of giving to others," Beaver continued. "Hospital employees also picked Angel's for their departments as well as for their families and Morehouse General Hospital is very fortunate and thankful to be able, through the caring of others, to bring a blessing to families who could use extra holiday cheer."