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December 2, 2013

J.D. McCarty Center prepares for Christmas with lighting party

NORMAN — The J.D. McCarty Center glowed with Christmas lights inside and out as it hosted its 23rd annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony and golf cart Christmas parade Monday.

The crowd cheered as Master of Lights honoree Sandra Nix flipped on the power switch for the 30-foot Christmas tree behind the main building. Nix was nominated for her volunteer work at the center, which includes sewing a variety of things for the children who are patients there.

Nix said this year, she sewed the children pillowcases and stockings, as well as special Christmas gifts for each of the children’s mothers. She also designed and sewed a 56th anniversary quilt for the J.D. McCarty Center.

“It’s pretty neat,” Nix said about being the Master of Lights this year, adding that when she told her husband, he teased her about flipping the switch. “He knows it’s quite an honor.”

She won’t be truly ready for the holiday to begin, though, until all of her granddaughters are back home, she said.

Her three grandchildren — Mary, Stacy and Danielle — were recently flown to a Dallas hospital after their Purcell home caught fire Nov. 20.

Danielle, 14, has returned home, and Mary, 11, has had five skin graphs that have taken “beautifully,” so the family is expecting her to return home soon as well, said the girls’ mother, Jennifer Epperson.

“Stacy should be coming home any time now. She’s up walking around,” Epperson said. “She’s being feisty.”

Mary, 11, is still being held in the hospital because of some lung problems, Epperson said.

“It’ll be a lot better once the girls come home,” Nix said.

“If you saw the house there’s nothing left,” Epperson said.

However, Epperson said this year, they plan to give the girls the best Christmas they have ever had.

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