‘Angel Tree’ spreads Christmas cheer

Amarillo College has been given the opportunity to partner with the community and spread Christmas cheer this holiday season. For the second Christmas in a row, the Student Government Association will host an Angel Tree event. The Angel Tree provides gifts for children throughout Amarillo. “We did this for the first time last year,” said Heather Atchley, director of Student Life. “It’s a good community service project and makes participating in an Angel Tree event much easier. Instead of having to go somewhere like the mall, angels can be picked here on campus.” SGA has teamed up with the Salvation Army to help the fund start to grow.

“There really aren’t any rules to the Angel Tree,” Atchley said. “You just pick an angel that has a child’s age and what gifts they would like. Then you go purchase a gift, stick the angel to them and return them to the CUB basement.” An angel has been selected by SGA, and members will purchase a gift for the smaller girl. “We are hoping to get her a stuffed animal, scooter, pajamas or an Easy-Bake Oven,” said Abraham Pnorio, a biology major. “It feels really good to help people, and it is important to me because I am representing SGA.” The Angel Tree is not a typical community service commonly found at a college.

“It really is a fantastic feeling,” said Cutter Love, SGA president. “It gives you an opportunity to help someone that you may never meet, and you’re benefiting outside of your own personal life.” “The tree is up now and has a few more angels left,” Atchley said. “Anyone can participate, and everyone is encouraged to contribute.” The gifts for the Angels are to be dropped off at the College Union Building basement on the Washington Street Campus no later than Dec. 11. The Salvation Army will collect them and distribute the gifts to the children.

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