December 20, 2013 - The Phi Chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi, Honorary Osteopathic Service Fraternity at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tenn., recently donated over 400 gifts to the original Angel Tree in Knoxville, Tenn., an annual project sponsored by The Angel Tree Optimist Club. Osteopathic medical students, physician assistant program students, and LMU-DCOM faculty and staff all contributed to the drive, which culminated in the largest donation by any school or group of students in the history of The Angel Tree. The donation is the second largest single gift made to The Angel Tree since its beginning in 1975.

“The Angel Tree is delighted to receive the patronage of a local organization to help take care of the nearly four hundred needy children served by The Claiborne Hunger Ministry in Tazewell,” said Laura Kress, director of Angel Tree. “Knowing LMU-DCOM is willing to help in such a significant way will pave the way for a satellite Angel Tree at the Walmart in New Tazewell in the future.”

This year's gifts will benefit Claiborne and four surrounding counties. Pictured are LMU-DCOM Sigma Sigma Phi members with their faculty advisors.

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7108, email, or visit us online at


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