HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 14, 2016 – There were school uniforms, baby swings, dolls and bicycles in the shopping carts that High Point University’s Board of Stewards filled on Dec. 9.
But there was a face, a name and a mission behind each item, too – making Christmas bright for 75 families in the city of High Point.
Each semester, HPU students collect chapel offerings to support the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. A total of $7,500 was raised in the fall, allowing students to purchase gifts for the families. Weekly Chapel attendees also sponsored individual children for this year’s project, including four children sponsored by Kappa Alpha fraternity.
“This is something the Board of Stewards has done for decades; it’s a staple in our community,” said Tiffany Jones, the group’s leader who helped organize the event along with nearly a dozen other students. “We say often that because we’ve been blessed, we’d like to give back. We pick out gifts with a specific child in mind and think about what they’d really like to have or play with on Christmas.”
In addition to the Angel Tree program, the HPU Board of Stewards bridge faith and service. They help lead weekly Chapel and campus ministries, and they host several events throughout the year for the community, such as a Trunk-or-Treat and Easter Party for West End Ministries.
“The Board of Stewards’ leadership in stewarding weekly Chapel offerings toward this worthy cause and bringing their peers along gives reason to this Christmas season – putting smiles on the faces of High Point children and their families,” says Brittani Hunt, manager of HPU chapel programs. “It is so much bigger than the gifts. It is the pure joy that is felt through the giving of these gifts that our students want these special families to feel most.”
In addition to the Angel Tree gifts, the HPU Community Center will serve as this year’s collection and distribution hub for the Salvation Army of High Point’s Angel Tree program. Families will come to the center to pick up gifts for more than 2,000 children.