TROY — Responding to a call for a mission of joy, the Troy Noon Optimist Club trimmed and donated trees to Operation Christmas Cheer, a local project created and managed Lisa Kendall-Maxson. Maxson was the speaker at the last meeting of the Optimists, and after sharing her story; the men and women of the club decorated tsp trees that Lisa and Krissy McKim-Barker of Hospice immediately delivered to the Hospice unit at UVMC.
The area has many people who need cheer over the holidays due to health issues, lack of mobility, or other personal issues. Lisa Kendall-Maxson was herself hospitalized over the holidays years ago at the James Cancer Hospital, and someone had delivered to her an “Ohio State Buckeye” themed tree. Lights were on the tree, and she reports, “I never turned those lights off until the day I was dismissed,” the day she was healthy enough to return to her family in Troy.
Lisa felt a desire to give back by sharing Christmas cheer with others. Members of the Troy Noon Optimist saw Lisa’s plea in a church bulletin gave her a call asking for her to share her story and project. As a result of her visit, two 3-foot trees were decorated, and immediately after the speaking event, Lisa and Krissy delivered them to the UVMC Hospice Unit for persons hospitalized there.
The two speakers stated that their biggest delivery date will be Dec. 14. Last years’ goal was 50 trees, and the result of word getting around, more than 100 trees and the accompanying cheer were delivered to recipients.
If your business, church, civic or youth group, or families would like to participate, contact Lisa Kendall Maxson at (937) 875-0708, or email [email protected], and she will give you information on how to proceed. You might also ‘like’ her on Facebook@ Operation Christmas Cheer.
The Troy Noon Optimist Club will celebrate its support in the community of Troy for 60 years this next year 2016. The club motto is “Bringing Out the Best in Kids”. Along with many sponsored youth projects and the “Avenue of Flags” program, we are glad to have supported our pledge to Optimism by participating in the “Operation of Cheer” program.