Posted by Paul Baker on December 16, 2016
And this year’s no different.
Like busy little elves, 20 members of the AU business school’s Dunham Scholars program and the university’s criminal justice student organization recently spent a day shopping for and wrapping gifts of clothes and toys for 80 Aurora youngsters, many of them the children of incarcerated parents who won’t be coming home for the holidays.
The AU volunteers are distributing most of the gifts through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program, which since its inception in 1979 has distributed clothing, toys, food and other items to millions of children and families across the country during the holidays.
“We are pleased to be able to bring a little holiday cheer into these children’s lives,” said marketing professor Shawn Green. “It’s fun to do, and it’s a great service experience for our students.”
“The Dunham Scholars program and the criminal justice organization are built on the twin tenets of leadership and service,” said Amir St. Clair, business professor and director of servant leadership. “By participating in Angel Tree, our students help fulfill our university’s purpose, which is to help students discover what matters and build their lives around it.”
“I love doing this because I like to help people and this is all about helping people in our community,” said senior psychology major Gina Galanis. “We were able to buy gifts for many children this Christmas.”