HPU organizations prepare for the holiday season

By Whitney Yount, Online Editor

December 5, 2012

This is the season of giving, and at High Point University, organizations of all kinds are going above and beyond to ensure a happy holiday season for everybody in the community. If you want to be involved in contributing to this effort, there are multiple programs here to work with.

Angel Tree Program

Every year since 1996, the HPU Board of Stewards has helped support the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program by providing gifts for local children to open on Christmas morning. All of the offerings collected at Wednesday night chapel throughout the fall semester go toward the Board of Stewards’ two-day shopping trip.  This year, more than $8,000 was collected, providing presents for more than 150 children. “It is a blessing to the children, but it is also a blessing for use to be able to help our High Point community,” said senior Sarah Martin, a member of the Board of Stewards.

Operation Christmas Child

High Point University is home to one of only 18 extension sites for Elevation Church, based in Charlotte. This year, members of all Elevation Church sites partnered with Samaritan’s Purse, a non-denominational evangelical Christian organization, in filling shoeboxes with gifts as part of Operation Christmas Child. Since 1993, this venture through Samaritan’s Purse has made it possible for children in more than 130 countries to receive Christmas gifts.

“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. “It is something that is simple and affordable for college students to participate in, but it leaves an eternal impact.”

This year, students involved in not only Elevation Church, but also Alpha Phi Omega, Zeta Tau Alpha and other campus organizations worked together to fill more than 100 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.

Stuff a Stocking

This year, the Office of Student Life is working to fill stockings for children through the Salvation Army’s Stuff a Stocking program, sponsored by WFMY News 2. Last year, students and faculty at HPU filled more than 200 stockings for children up to age 12. Stockings are available in the Office of Student Life, located on the third floor of Slane. Stuffed stockings must be returned to the office by Monday, Dec. 10, and they will then be taken to WFMY News 2 and distributed in the Piedmont Triad area.