HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 19, 2016 – Several families, some from the Hattie Lee Burgess home, a safe haven for domestic violence victims in Davidson County, will receive a bright Christmas this year thanks to faculty, staff and graduate students of the High Point University Nido R. Qubein School of Communication.
Through Family Services of Davidson County, the School of Communication presented gifts to four families plus items for a few others. These gifts included a bike and helmet, a skateboard, a Minecraft Playstation game, Legos, makeup and accessories, clothes, towels, blankets, movies and an assortment of many other toys.
“The families are always very appreciative, and without the generosity of folks like the ones at HPU, they would not otherwise have Christmas for their children,” said Danette Edwards, shelter coordinator. “I see the moms when they receive the gifts and they are always so very grateful and full of emotions. It makes my heart feel good to know that we were able to assist in making their holiday a little brighter.”
This is the fifth year in a row that the School of Communication has adopted local families for the holidays.
“The reason this project is important to me can be summed up in a quote from a colleague: ‘This is one of the most important things we do all year.’ As a school, we come together to help others during some of their most difficult times,” said Dr. Virginia McDermott, associate dean of communication. “This event, for us, is about community—our community coming together to help others in the community. Helping the families recovering from domestic violence have a nice Christmas reminds us that our everyday work stresses and problems are manageable, and that we are better when we work together to help others.”