HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 6, 2017 – The High Point University family reached their goal to donate 1,200 Christmas stockings to the Salvation Army of High Point.
After the Student Government Association filled 800 stockings for children on Nov. 29, the HPU family loaded another 400 stockings onto a Salvation Army of High Point van today. This year, HPU contributed more than 75 percent of the organization’s total need in the city of High Point by filling 1,200 stockings with toys, necessities, clothes and more for families who may not be able to provide gifts to their children during the holidays.
“For us, it’s beyond a blessing to receive these stockings from the HPU family because we have the opportunityto give them to children in the community and see their reaction,” says Natalie Jackson, commanding officer of the Salvation Army of High Point. “With this partnership, we are able to put a smile on the faces of all the children who receive these gifts. The HPU family’s generosity goes beyond just this campaign, as they also fulfilled 150 of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree donations this year.”
Supporting the stocking campaign has become a tradition on HPU’s campus in the last seven years.
“We fill these stockings every year and always work to increase the amount of stockings we’re donating,” says Erik Daniels, SGA philanthropy chair. “Giving stockings to all the children who need one is a big responsibility that we take very seriously, so we are thankful for the help of everyone on campus who contributed. Much of the thanks goes to the Office of Student Life and our Executive SGA Board who helped spread the word, as well as everyone across campus who donated stockings.”
“While the university is on break for the holidays when the families receive these gifts, I saw photos of some of the children when they received their stockings last year,” adds Daniels. “The look on their faces was really so heartwarming. It feels great to be able to be a part of that.”