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Volunteer ETSU hosts Angel Tree

By Elizabeth Saulsbury
On December 4, 2013

  • Matt Brown

With the arrival of the holiday season, many members of ETSU's community are looking for ways to help spread Christmas joy to the less fortunate members of the community.
One such way is readily available on ETSU's campus: an Angel Tree, located in the bottom of the Culp University Center.
The tree still has 15 angels that are in need of adoption.
"The angel tree is important because it helps bring joy to local children and their families during the holiday season," said Scott Judson, community service programs assistant and an advisor for Volunteer ETSU.
Any individual can adopt an angel remaining on the tree, but adopting angels can also be an activity for student organizations, he said.
"We typically ask our student organizations to adopt angels who are asking for larger items, such as a bike or a tablet," Judson said.  
The Angel Tree at ETSU operates similarly to the Angel Trees in any other location.  
"Individuals or groups wanting to adopt an angel would need to stop by the tree at the base of the Culp Center ramp and choose an angel from the tree," Judson said.  
"That individual or group would need to complete the registration next to the tree by providing his/her contact information and the angel code that appears on the angel.  
"Since we must keep track with all the angels that are adopted at ETSU, we ask that unwrapped gifts be returned to the SORC Suite B by Dec. 9 so we can update our records," Judson said. "The Salvation Army asks that all angels remain unwrapped so the parents will be able to wrap the presents for their child."
"The angels have each child's wish printed on them, along with his/her clothing sizes. We ask that each angel be bought a gift and one clothing item.
"All items should be new, not used. Items should also be age appropriate for each respective angel," Judson said.
Judson said that during the holidays people can become blind to their own luxuries and privileges and forget about the less fortunate.
"Adopting an angel is more the bringing joy, it helps to bring hope to those families," he said.
"Hope that the Angel Tree will no longer be needed, hope that one day the holidays are not something to be feared," Judson said. "The angel tree is a beacon of hope for our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate than ourselves."

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