HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 12, 2017 – High Point University students give offerings at weekly services in the Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel with a special group of people in mind.
As a longstanding tradition, the chapel’s Board of Stewards collects the fall semester offerings to support the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. This semester, students raised $15,000 and purchased Christmas gifts for 154 children in High Point. Gifts include toys, clothes and necessities requested by each child.
“Angel Tree is so meaningful to the chapel’s Board of Stewards because it is part of who we are as an organization,” said Board of Steward member Maddie Stoltzfus. “Shopping for these children is really special. You would think that children’s Christmas lists would be all toys or games, but almost every single child asks for shoes, clothing, socks or even bedding. When you get a child’s list and you see bedding or underwear on it, it really strikes you that you’re not just giving someone a toy to entertain them for a day.”
The HPU Board of Stewards work throughout the year to 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 Angel Tree Project is a beautiful example of the many service opportunities and community partnerships that individuals have to make meaningful and necessary impact on the lives that exist around them,” says Rev. Andria Williams, manager of chapel programs. “This year and every year, the Board of Stewards responded to the High Point community by allowing the gifts of compassion, justice, love and reconciliation to guide them in meeting and exceeding the needs and desires of local families. Partnering with HPU departments, student organizations, faculty, staff and local businesses, the Board of Stewards helped to reveal a need in the High Point community, inviting others to join them in service. These students led by example in moving themselves outside the noise and chatter of conveniences and distractions, outside the warm feelings of sunny skies and clear views, and into the places where the voices and faces of the people could be heard and seen. May we all continue to follow their example by being awakened by the faces and the voices of God.”
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.