More than 200 children received holiday gifts through this year’s program.

Rachel Ellerson-Middlesteadt and Kim Andringa help to run the annual program

UNC OB-GYN, along with gracious donors in the community, helped provide happy holidays for clients and families of the UNC Horizons Programs, a substance use disorder treatment program for pregnant and parenting women.

This year, the holiday event served 73 families and more than 219 children by supplying hundreds of gifts, holiday decorations, wrapping supplies and more.

Through the season, individuals chose ornaments from a Christmas tree in the UNC OB-GYN Administrative Office with wishes on the back – toys, board games, clothes, play equipment and more. Those gifts are arranged in a shopping event for the clients at UNC Horizons.

This year, Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill also had a giving tree to which many of their parishioners contributed.

Clients had an opportunity to shop for their children and choose the best gifts for their needs and personalities, wrap them and plan their family holiday celebrations.

Of the gifts this year, one client said, “My family is overjoyed by your kindness and generosity” and another said she was “very blessed” for assistance at the holiday season.