HPU Students Fill Hundreds of Christmas Stockings for Local Children

The HPU Family Plans to Contribute 1,200 Stockings This Year

 HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 30, 2017 – Toys, clothes, crayons and coloring books passed through the hands of High Point University students Wednesday night and into bright red stockings.

Inside HPU’s Community Center, members of the Student Government Association lined dozens of tables with gifts they purchased for local children. They rolled up their sleeves and began an assembly process to fill the stockings that looked a lot like Santa’s workshop.

“Any opportunities we have to benefit the community and help others out is something that I definitely want to be a part of,” said Erik Daniels, SGA service chair, who helped organize the big event.

HPU’s SGA funded the 800 stockings and gathered at the HPU Community Center on Nov. 29 to prepare them. The entire campus plans to fill 1,200 stockings this year.

Each year, HPU students contribute more than 70 percent of the stockings the Salvation Army of High Point needs to help families who may not be able to afford gifts during the holiday season.

SGA filled 800 stockings at the event, and the campus’s total goal is to fill more than 1,200 stockings. On Dec. 6, students will wrap up their efforts by loading the stockings onto a delivery van headed for the Salvation Army.

“We are grateful for High Point University and the commitment of their student body to serving the High Point Community,” said Captain Bobby Jackson of the Salvation Army of High Point. “Their efforts will brighten Christmas morning for hundreds of children and provide a sense of relief for parents worried about providing a memorable Christmas for their family. HPU is truly a beacon of hope in this community.”

Their efforts are part of the university’s annual 100,000 hours of service. During the Christmas season, the spirit of giving is amplified throughout campus as student organizations impact more than 24,000 people through gift and food donations, as well as special holiday parties.

“I think that as part of the holidays everyone should do something like this to celebrate not only their own family, but also their community, and help out others who might not be able to receive these types of gifts on Christmas morning,” said HPU student Molly Torres, who volunteered to stuff stockings at the event.

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