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MRHC event brings holiday cheer, goodwill

By Zack Steen

For the Daily Corinthian

Believe in the magic of Christmas.

This will be an easy task at next weekend's annual Winter Wonderland event presented by the Magnolia Foundation and Magnolia Regional Health Center.

Set for Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Crossroads Arena, Winter Wonderland returns with snacks, goodies, toys, games and holiday fun with Santa Claus.

Admission is free. However, the foundation is asking attendees to bring a non-perishable food item to help support the AMEN Food Pantry. Monetary donations will also be accepted.

"Winter Wonderland offers our communities holiday cheer and fun in appreciation for choosing us for their healthcare needs," said organizer Tracy Moore. "The annual event hosts a variety of activities, like complementary pictures with Santa, lots of fun activities for children and snacks and goodies for everyone."

Moore said the event will once again include a silent auction of decorated Christmas trees, holiday wreaths and holiday decor.

Winter Wonderland will host their sensory friendly version of the event on Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required.

"The sensory friendly event will help to provide a chance for children and adults with sensory challenges and special needs to experience the fun by providing a safe, stress-free environment with low lights, no music, limited lines and more assistance for them to better enjoy the event," said Moore.

Santa will be available for complementary photos. Snacks, goodies, toys and games will also be available.

All proceeds from the event benefit the nonprofit Magnolia Foundation's Thomas L. Sweat, MD Health Education Center Building Fund.

(For more information, contact Moore at tmoore@mrhc.org or 662-293-7664.)