Angel Tree lets students give back to community

By on November 18, 2008

The Undergraduate Student Government Association is sponsoring an Angel Tree that will be located in the Hill University Center until Dec. 1.

The Angel Tree is an annual program run by The Salvation Army during the holiday season and helps underprivileged families.

“The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program provides new clothing or toys for children of needy families,” their Web site states.

The Angel Tree is actually a Christmas tree is decorated with slips of paper containing information about a local child who needs assistance.

A person who chooses an “angel” is provided with the name and age of that child and a list of gift suggestions. Once purchased, the gifts are returned to the site of the Angel Tree and secured until pick-up.

According to the Web site, The Salvation Army then distributes the gifts along with food so that the families may better enjoy the holiday season.

The process of sponsoring an angel is quite easy.

“Individuals or groups that are interested in sponsoring an angel can come pick out an angel, sign it out at the front desk, and purchase items for the angel,” says Melissa Kougher, a USGA advisor. “Groups usually spend $90-$100 on each angel buying items that they need and something that they wish for that is listed. It is a great opportunity to participate and give back.”

According to Kougher, once the items are purchased, they can be brought to the Office of Student Involvement.

“After you shop for your angel, you bring all the items to HUC 440 by Dec. 1st so that they can be ready to be delivered to the appropriate individuals,” she said.

According to Brittney Williams, the USGA President, the Angel Tree program has gone well in the past.

“Student organizations and individual or groups of students donate items to the children,” she said. “This year we asked for more angels, so our goal is to provide each of the children we have with Christmas gifts and to continue to grow the program at UAB.”

Gifts must be returned to the Office of Student Involvement in HUC 440 by 5 p.m. on Dec. 1. The office can be reached at 934-8020.


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