‘Tis the season of giving, and students at High Point University aren’t taking that for granted. This year students, faculty and staff donated time, money and toys to those in need over the holidays. Here are just a few ways students stepped up to help out:
• The Board of Stewards raised more than $12,000 to provide Christmas food and gifts to more than 125 local families through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Money was collected during chapel offerings, private donations and a $5,000 donation from the Student Government Association.
• Athletic teams, students, faculty and staff all pitched in to fill more than 600 stockings for the Salvation Army’s Stuff a Stocking campaign. It marks the third year in a row that students have participated; nearly doubling the amount of stockings donated each year.
• The Diversity Club donated more than $850 to Open Door Ministries of High Point, providing Thanksgiving meals for 500 individuals and families.
“This contribution certainly is a great help to us in our ability to continue our services to the greater High Point community,” said Leslie Graham, director of donor services for Open Door Ministries. “We are so very grateful for the support.”
• Graduate students, faculty and staff in the School of Communication all chipped in to “adopt” five families through the Family Services of the Piedmont. They bought toys, clothes and gift cards to help the families have a happier holiday.
“This group never disappoints,” said Stephanie Allred from Family Services of the Piedmont. “They go above and beyond to make sure the families in the domestic violence shelter have a wonderful Christmas. They don’t just focus on toys, but also on what the residents will need on a daily basis like towels and clothes.”
• Introduction to Psychology students donated toys and hand-written cards to 19 homeless children at Parkview Elementary. The students also sent holiday cards to U.S. troops.
“This will put big smiles on their faces,” says Michelle Bodie-Anderson, Communities in Schools coordinator for Parkview Elementary. “Otherwise, they may not get anything for Christmas this year. They will be excited and will immediately start playing with these toys.”
• Elevation Extension High Point packed 217 shoeboxes full of gifts for less fortunate children. The shoeboxes were donated to Operation Christmas Child which delivers them to more than 130 countries around the world.
In total, HPU touched more than 1,450 lives this holiday season.
All of these holiday efforts contributed to the 104,625 hours of service completed by students, faculty and staff this year.