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Public-private partnership gets toys to Johnston County kids

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The Johnston County Angel Tree is a public-private partnership. (KTEN) The Johnston County Angel Tree is a public-private partnership. (KTEN)
Johnston County EMS delivers gifts collected by the Angel Tree project. (KTEN) Johnston County EMS delivers gifts collected by the Angel Tree project. (KTEN)

TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- The Johnston County Angel Tree project was launched by the Department of Human Services in Tishomingo nearly 30 years ago.

It has been providing kids in need with the joy of presents under the Christmas tree.

But as the need grew, the project became too big for DHS to handle on its own.

"We normally see about 300, approximately, children each year," said DHS spokeswoman Diane Niblett. "It's just too much for one office to manage, so it's very important that we partner."

Landmark Bank in Tishomingo joined hands with DHS to grow public support for the Angel Tree.

"It's heartwarming, it really is," said Landmark Bank president Cindy Matheny. "Once you get involved in it, you just can't stop. Every year it's a tradition, and it's that way for the people that come and get the angels, too. We have people asking for the angels a week or two before we even get them."

Johnston County EMS is also involved to help distribute gifts collected by the Angel Tree. It lets them show residents a different side of 

"Most people get EMS when they're vulnerable or sick or injured... not in a controlled setting, not like we have with this," said EMS director Kenny Powers. "So it's neat that we get to do it."

Applications to receive gifts collected by the Angel Tree drive can be filled out at the DHS office at 1003 East Main Street in Tishomingo. All information remains confidential.


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