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The Christmas Season Magnifies the Giving Spirit at HPU

Posted on December 10, 2012.

High Point University Gift BoxesDuring this holiday season, the students, faculty and staff at HPU have been reflective of the blessings they have been given and are grateful to be able to give back to those in need. Through numerous programs, gifts and necessities have been donated to families throughout the Piedmont Triad region.

Since 1996, the Charles E. Hayworth Sr. Memorial Chapel Board of Stewards has helped support the High Point Salvation Army Angel Tree program with donations collected during Wednesday night chapel services. More than $10,000 was collected from the offerings this semester, allowing gifts to be purchased for 150 children in need.

The office of student life worked with WFMY News 2’s sponsored Stuff a Stocking program for the Salvation Army. The HPU family filled more than 300 stockings, up from 200 last year, with toys and necessities for children up to age 12.

School of Art and Design students created one-of-a-kind boxes filled with items for the elderly. The boxes were delivered to the Roy Culler Senior Center of High Point to be distributed to seniors unable to leave their homes. The boxes were designed with colorful fabric from the School’s resource room.

“I am proud of our students for the creative work they have done on the boxes,” said Dr. Jane Nichols, department chair of home furnishings and interior design. “Making the boxes for the elderly is a tradition we are starting, and I think it is a great way for the students to give back using their talents and abilities.”

The Nido R. Qubein School of Communication faculty, staff and students donated Christmas gifts to four families through the Family Service of the Piedmont from their holiday wish lists. Gifts were purchased for 11 children and four mothers. They also donated items from FSP’s general list that will be given to other families in need. The gifts included more than $200 in gift cards, winter coats, baby clothes, toys, diapers and much more.

 “I was so touched by the gifts for the moms,” says Stephanie Allred, marketing and development specialist for Family Service of the Piedmont. “So many people don’t think of the women who are taking their kids out of bad situations, so I know these gifts will mean a lot to the women.”

Athletics held a canned food drive and collected 2,815 food items, the weight totaling 3,009 lbs. The items will be donated to the Salvation Army.  

HPU is a host to one of 18 sites of Elevation Church. This year, Elevation Church partnered with Samaritan’s Purse, a non-denominational evangelical Christian organization, to fill shoeboxes with gifts for Operation Christmas Child. HPU organizations came together to fill more than 100 shoeboxes.

“Collectively, we wanted to put our faith in action through Operation Christmas Child and make a difference in the life of a child in need,” said Evan McGuirt, senior and site coordinator for the Elevation Church on HPU’s campus.

Hallidazzle is an annual competition sponsored by the Inter-Residence Council in the Office of Student Life. Students register their houses and residence halls and decorate them in a holiday theme. The winner of the event receives a check for $500 to donate to a United Way charity of choice. This year, The Village won the competition with a Feliz Navidad theme and donated the money to the Latino Family Center of Greater High Point.

In total, HPU students have touched the lives of more than 700 people in December.

“It is always inspiring to see our students give back to the community in such a big way,” said Dr. Don Scarborough, vice president for community relations. “We have been given so many blessings, how can we not share them with others?”

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