Once again, Southern Arkansas University will partner with local groups, individuals, and local schools in an effort to try to make every child in our county have a wonderful Christmas by hosting the Columbia County Angel Tree. SAU urges sponsors to select angels at this time. “We hope to be able to make Christmas great for needy families in our county,” said Sandra Martin, dean of SAU Housing. “There are a couple of ways people can help.”
- Become a sponsor. No specific amount is required to be spent on each child, but $50-75 is suggested. For families, the same number of gifts is encouraged per child. Gifts need not be wrapped, but donors are welcome to provide a roll of wrapping paper for parents to use. You may select an Angel at https://angeltree.saumag.edu/.
- Donate any amount of money, and SAU Housing will do the shopping. Small monetary gifts will be matched with Angels. Donations may be made at https://web.saumag.edu/angel-tree-donation/.
The Angel Tree serves children in need from infancy through high school seniors by providing sponsors with information about each child’s age, gender, sizes and gift requests. It also serves as an engine to the local economy. Conservative estimates suggest that sponsors donate more than $20,000 in clothing, toys and electronics every year.
Gifts are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Nelson Hall (room 115) drop-off.