HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 21, 2017 – For the sixth year in a row, faculty, staff and graduate students in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication made Christmas brighter for local families.
The School of Communication partnered with the Hattie Lee Burgess home, a safe haven for domestic violence victims in Davidson County, to purchase and deliver gifts to five families. They also purchased enough gifts for the organization to help an additional five to 10 families.
The HPU team checked off items on children’s wish lists, such as bikes, skateboards, Legos and necessities, while also providing gifts for mothers and the entire family, including makeup and accessories, clothes, towels, blankets, movies and gift cards.
“We think it’s important to give back to the community and to try to make a difference,” says Dr. Ginny McDermott, the communication school’s interim dean. “The holidays remind us that a small gesture on our part can have a big impact on another person. Since we have all experienced moments when a thoughtful gesture from a stranger made a world of difference, we decided to come together so that our individual small gestures can help make someone else’s holiday special. And, of course, we want every little kid to know that Santa Claus remembers them.”