The Midlothian Cemetery Association would like to express its appreciation to everyone who donated to Operation Christmas Card this year.

Instead of sending individual greeting cards to family, friends and acquaintances, the following donors chose to aid this year's fundraiser: Frances Countryman, Mark Countryman, G.W., and Martha Willis, Ken and Joyce Thompson, Estelle Massey, Nellafay and Billy Isom, Margaret Milton and Margie Vaughn.

Operation Christmas Card is a community event that spans more than 40 years. It is a fundraiser for the Midlothian Cemetery Association. Operation Christmas Card helps to finance the upkeep and care of the city’s cemetery.

“I have family and friends in the cemetery and it really is a nice place to visit and think about all those good memories and past holidays you spent with those people,” said Margie Vaughn, treasurer of the Midlothian Cemetery Association. “We have families that have been giving for many years and we are asking them to support us once again.”

Vaughn said a number of longtime residents have played a role in the fundraiser’s success and she is urging new members of the community to also get involved.

The Midlothian Cemetery is a key landmark in the community and is located on Farm-to-Market 663 south of the U.S. Highway 287 intersection. The cemetery received funds for new iron fence from the Midlothian 4B Board several years ago. The Midlothian Cemetery fence is probably best known as a spot where American flags are hung on federal and military holidays.

The Midlothian Cemetery is a designated Texas State Historical Cemetery.

“Every bit of the money is used to beautify and keep up the grounds,” Vaughn said.

“The idea initially was for people to take the money they would normally use on postage to send Christmas greetings to Midlothian friends and give it to the cemetery association.”

“We encourage people to give from their heart,” Vaughn said. “Some families have been giving for years and years and it’s just one of those things that makes living in Midlothian special.”

The association wrapped up this year's event on Friday, Dec. 20

For more information about the Midlothian Cemetery Association, call Margie Vaughn at 972-775-3080 or mail a donation directly to Midlothian Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 1423, Midlothian, TX 76065.

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