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Angel Tree gifts benefit Infant and Toddler Connection families

February 9, 2016

Angel Tree gifts benefit Infant and Toddler Connection families 2008 (from left) Theresa Anders, Carol Cousins, Diane Jackson and Sonya Edmonds assemble gift bags for children served by the Infant and Toddler Connection of the Heartland.

Longwood University’s chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) sponsored an Angel Tree to collect Christmas gifts for children served by the Infant and Toddler Connection (ITC) of the Heartland. The ITC helps identify if any child from birth to age three has a developmental delay and provides supports and services in the child’s home to address that delay. The ITC program provides early intervention services in a seven county region (Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward). 

"Thanks to the kindness of this community, more than 65 children throughout the seven counties we serve will have something under their tree this Christmas," said Carol Cousins, system manager for the early intervention program. In addition to the support provided by students and faculty at Longwood, Wal-Mart sponsored an Angel Tree to support the ITC.         

Tara Boyle, a senior communication sciences and disorders major and a member of the NSSLHA, organized the project. "The Angel Tree is incredibly important to our community," said Boyle. "We should never forget that we are a part of a much larger family and the Angel Tree is a great way to be a part of that family."

Dr. Peggy Agee, faculty sponsor for the student organization, said "This project is one that permits the Longwood community to assist a very special group of children—infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities—to have a Merry Christmas.  What could be more worthwhile than that?" 

Theresa Anders, developmental educator for the ITC, organized the gift distribution. "I was a little concerned that this year’s Angel Tree participation would be lessened due to the current recession and economic hardships. However, I am pleasantly surprised and enormously proud of the people of this community. They not only gave, they gave generously. We can confidently say that every family with a child in our program will have something to open this Christmas. The Farmville area community has just reinforced why we call our program the Infant and Toddler Connection of the HEARTland."  

For more information about services offered by the ITC, contact 434.395.2972 or visit Infant & Toddler Connection website.