UNCW Students, Faculty & Staff Bring Cheer to Local Children with Angel Tree Donations

Friday, December 05, 2014

UNCW’s Office of Student Leadership and Engagement (OSLE) wrapped up its 13th Annual Angel Tree Program on Dec. 4, delivering a truckload of presents to the Lake Waccamaw campus of the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.  

OSLE collaborated with numerous other university departments, faculty and staff, and student organizations to collect gifts for 90 children at the campus.

“Our team is privileged to host programs like Angel Tree, which allow people to contribute to the lives of others,” said Sonja Ardoin, OSLE director. “It is heartwarming to see a huge truck filled with gifts donated by UNCW students, faculty, and staff and know that their efforts will result in children experiencing some joy this holiday season. This is just one example of how we can engage with our communities and make a difference.”

According to Donna Yalch, vice president for Community Based Services at the Boys and Girls Homes of NC, the gifts are meaningful in many ways. The Angel Tree from UNCW is “a huge help,” emotionally and financially, for the agency’s foster kids and the foster parents who care for them, she explained.

“It is amazing to us how much people are willing to help our foster children,” Yalch said. “These kids have lost so much – the holidays are hard for them. They would love to be with their families, but because of things that are outside of their control, they cannot be. The presents that are donated to our kids help them forget, for a little bit, that they have had so much taken from them.”