Loras gives back

The annual Giving Tree is a program run through the Social Work Council that partners with Operation: New View to provide Christmas presents to families in need this holiday season. This has been a Loras tradition for many years, and the tradition will continue in December.

The Giving Tree has a committee that takes charge, along with faculty adviser for the council, Nancy Fett. The co-chairs this year are junior Katie Kramer and
senior Teage Browning. However, the entire project is a team effort.

Students are not the only ones that are encouraged to participate in the Giving Tree project. Faculty, staff and other members of the Loras community are welcome to take part. Interested participants can send an e-mail to Teage.Browning@loras.edu and ask for a tag.

The council then delivers tags with a specific child’s sizes, needs and wants to the participant. It is asked that each participant spend $30 to $50 on the gift for their child recipient. Teams, roommates and families often have participated in this project as a group in the past, sharing costs and the shopping experience as well.

After purchasing the gifts, participants are then asked to drop off the unwrapped gifts to Campus Ministry in the ACC by
Dec. 7,  and the council will deliver all of the gifts at one time to Operation: New View. There is the option to donate money instead of purchasing specific gifts, which enables  the council to go shopping for kids who weren’t adopted for Christmas.

“The Giving Tree is such a great program because of how much it helps out families that are struggling to afford gifts for their children during the holidays. Knowing that their kids will still receive gifts this year is a weight lifted off of their shoulders,” said junior Sarah Homan, president of the Social Work Council. “Whether you donate money or actually purchase gifts, any contribution that you make can make a huge difference to a child this Christmas.”

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