The holiday season is supposed to be about giving and December has been full of WIU students, staff, faculty, and alumni giving to others.
Many organizations on campus gave back to the community this month. If you walk through the Union Concourse, you will see an “Angel Tree”. WIU’s Office of Student Activities (OSA), Volunteer Services and Western’s All Volunteer Effort (WAVE) sponsored an “Angel Tree”. This “Angel Tree” program is partnered with the Macomb Salvation Army to collect holiday gifts for children in the community. Participants chose one of the 50 angels from the tree in the Union Concourse and bought gifts for the children listed. This cause was a great way for students to give back to the community during the holidays.
The OSA/WAVE “Angel Tree” was not the only “Angel Tree” on campus. Another “Angle Tree” on campus was sponsored by WIU’s accountancy national honors fraternity Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) and the Department of Accounting and Finance. Beta Alpha Psi’s Reporting Administrator Taylor Elder explained that the holiday gifts collected from this “Angel Tree” go to foster care children and teenagers in McDonough, Fulton, Warren, Henderson and Hancock counties. “My favorite part is to see the WIU community come together to provide for the children and families in need within our region and brighten their holidays. The amount of support we see is astounding and it is great to see everyone contribute,” said Elder. I think it is important to give back to the community, especially during the holiday season.
The Delta Tau Delta fraternity also organized a holiday gift donation program. They sponsored “Toys for Tots”. All of the toys and money collected from this event will be donated to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation. “‘Toys for Tots’ is important to our chapter because we believe in giving back to the community. We are delighted to bring happiness and joy to the children who aren’t as fortunate as us, especially during the holiday season. Nothing beats putting a smile on a child’s face,” the secretary of Delta Tau Delta, Roman Angeles, said. I love seeing so many students taking on charitable work during the holiday season; it definitely makes me proud to be a Leatherneck.
WIU students have not been the only ones giving back this holiday season. Many WIU alumni, friends and donors gave gifts to Western on December 2nd. It was a day designated to giving back to the University called #GivingTuesday. This day was part of a global campaign which was the perfect time to make a year-end annual gift to WIU. You can still give an online gift to your alma mater at http://bit.ly/11tg1Dw.
December is definitely my favorite time of the year. During the holiday season, it’s like I turn into an elf; I’m always playing holiday tunes, decorating, baking, and shopping for the perfect present. I’m excited for finals to be over so that I can stop stressing and get more into the holiday spirit. One more test and I am free to go on Holiday Break. Happy Holidays to all!