The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


December 20, 2013

Hillshire Brands distributes “Angel Tree” gifts

TARBORO — About 100 children in Edgecombe County will have more presents under the tree this Christmas, thanks to the employees at Hillshire Brands’ Tarboro operation.

“We have been doing the Angel Tree for at least 10 years and always have a really good response from employees,” said human resources coordinator Robin Bowers. She said the employees select an Angel from the tree and try to purchase one or two items from the child’s “wish list.”

“That way, you can get them something that they really want,” she said.

Hillshire Brands on Thursday gave the Angel Tree gifts to four local organizations that serve children – the Boys & Girls Club of Nash/ Edgecombe Counties, the Down East Partnership for Children, Fountain Youth Development Center of Tarboro, and My Sister’s House.

Jennifer Cobb, family services coordinator for the Down East Partnership for Children, brought back several presents to her agency from Hillshire Brands’ Angel Tree.

“This will definitely help make the holidays sweeter for families,” Cobb said.

She said each family receiving the gifts has several children, and the gifts will help the Partnership fulfill its goal of reducing the incidence of child abuse and neglect.

“I think it’ll definitely reduce the parents’ stress level when they know they’re getting some extra help,” Cobb said. “When parents’ stress levels go down, the threat of child abuse and neglect go down.”

Hillshire Brands sent the agencies gifts for the whole family, not just the children.

“We’re also donating boxed meals today that we’ll give to the families through some of those same agencies…something for the whole family,” said human resources manager Ken Pierce.

The donation of the meals aligns with Hillshire Brands’ mission of “fulfilling the hunger for a life well fed.”

“Hillshire is about giving back to the community,” Bowers said.

She added that it’s a sad thought knowing so many families in the community in need of assistance, but good to know that there are agencies that can step in and provide help to those families during the holiday season.


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