Downtown event to benefit children’s hospital

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While many people were out on Black Friday shopping, or feasting on Thanksgiving leftovers, a group of recent LaGrange High School graduates were busy planning a special day of Christmas festivities for children to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

“I have friends whose lives have been saved at Children’s (Healthcare of Atlanta, a CMN Network Hospital),” said Mary Margaret Rogers, organizer of the the event named A Christmas Miracle. “ I have also been a patient at Children’s and know firsthand how caring the doctors, nurses and staff are, so this is very personal to me.”

A Christmas Miracle will be held Saturday on Lafayette Square from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will offer children of all ages a chance to visit Mrs. Claus’ kitchen for a homemade holiday treat and hot chocolate, create personalized wrapping paper at It’s a Wrap, make reindeer food in Santa’s Stable and decorate Christmas cards for patients at CHOA.

A sing-along of Christmas songs also will be included. A donation of $5 is requested to participate in the event. Santa Claus will appear at the conclusion of the event and children are welcome to visit and take pictures with Santa on the square until 4 p.m.

Rogers, daughter of Jim and Patricia Rogers and a freshman at University of Georgia, is being aided by her LaGrange High School class of 2013 classmates. She is a volunteer with UGA Miracle, one of the largest student-run philanthropies in the Southeast, which raises money for CMN and CHOA.

“One of our challenges as members of the UGA Miracle chapter is to increase awareness of our mission in our hometown,” said Rogers. “While I was at LHS, I never had the opportunity to do much volunteer work. My high school years were spent playing softball and tennis, so between my practices and game schedules, I really did not have much time to do much else.

“I had the idea of doing this event, so the first person I called to talk this over with was Mrs. Barbie Watts, who handles special events for the Downtown LaGrange Development Authority. She was so supportive and gave me such great ideas to get this started.”

The next call she made was to her classmates, who formed the planning committee.

“Everyone said right away they wanted to help. They each added in their suggestions on how to make this event fun and special,” Rogers said. “I invite everyone to come out and join us, and together let’s do something special this Christmas season for the children.”

For more information, contact Mary Margaret Rogers at 706-845-3478.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is an international non-profit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals, medical research and community awareness of children’s health issues. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is the largest pediatric health care provider in the state. Money raised through UGA Miracle goes to support research and training, purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated care.


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