The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

September 22, 2013

Gifts from Angels collects toys, games for children

By B.J. Drye, Editor
Bloomberg News

Sunday, September 22, 2013 — Friends and family of a young Locust woman who died last year are continuing to keep her memory alive.

Paula Troutman Fox, whose  23-year-old daughter, Jami Ann Pless, died April 6, 2012, is expanding on a game, toy and craft collection that garnered success last year.

“Jami had an amazing, loving spirit and enjoyed helping those around her. Partnering with Gifts from Angels allows us to honor her spirit and carry on the things she would do if she were here with us.”

Gifts from Angels is a program led by Angel Thompson and her parents, Alan and Myra.

“God’s grace and the support of our family and friends are helping us live with our tragedy. Opportunities like these allow us to repay a small portion of the support that has been shown to our family.”

Organizers are seeking donations of games, toys, crafts kits and other items that can keep children busy while they are in the hospital.

“An important thing to communicate is that items do not need to be expensive.  Due to infection control regulations, each item must be given to the child to take home with them,” she said.

“Please don’t feel like you need to find items that will last a long time, because it’s going to become part of the Pediatric Unit’s reusable inventory. Dollar stores are great places to shop for this project. The only requirement is that they must be new.”

Items will be accepted until Nov. 2, which would have been Jami’s 25th birthday.

Donation locations include All CCEMS Stations, all Albemarle fire stations, Dr. Clifford C. Compton III’s Office in Concord, Sport Clips Afton Ridge in Concord, Paragon Surgical Specialists in Concord, Govibe in Kannapolis and Salon 52 in Wadesboro.

“Last year the final total was over 2,200,” Fox said.

“We are hoping to better that this year.”

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