HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 10, 2021 – Continuing their annual tradition of giving back, High Point University’s Board of Stewards raised $5,000 to purchase gifts for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. Moved by the student’s generosity and service to the High Point community, an anonymous donor matched their efforts with an additional $5,000, which brings the total to $10,000.
Together, the students purchased toys, clothes and necessities for 100 children in the High Point community to receive on Christmas.
“This tradition is a great way to bring Christmas presents to children, who otherwise may not have gotten them, in the spirit of Jesus,” said Taylor Ann O’Connor, philanthropy chair. “We want them to feel loved and get everything they want and need for Christmas. We spent time shopping, planning and praying for these children. It’s been a blast, and we’re so excited for the kids to receive their gifts.”
The Board of Stewards raised the funds through fall chapel offerings, as well as contributions from departments and organizations across campus.
“The families our chapel community served through this project account for about one-fifth of the families the Salvation Army will support through the Angel Tree this year,” says Rev. Dr. Preston Davis, minister to the university. “Such partnership is evidence of the meaningful service High Point University and students in particular provide for the High Point community.”