UW-Stout students and employees are hoping to make Christmas a little merrier for local children and families.
For the third straight year, students in Applied Science 101 are involved with UW-Stout’s Holiday Giving Tree, which supports the United Way of Dunn County’s Christmas for Kids program. An estimated 1,600 children in the county need gifts.
Three initiatives are part of the project:
• Students delivered donation envelopes and information to campus offices in November and will collect the envelopes Friday, Dec. 7. Class members will use the donations to purchases gifts Dec. 10.
• The Student Athletic Advisory Council helped with a Teddy bear drive at school basketball games Saturday, Dec. 1. Teddy bears and other gifts collected will be added to the Holiday Giving Tree.
• Students, faculty and staff have been invited to drop off unwrapped gifts Tuesday, Dec. 4, at a campuswide holiday reception, or provide gifts to a specific child by registering at the reception or online.
Priority is being given to purchasing gifts for families on the giving tree and to children between the ages of 10 and 17. The goal is to sponsor 100 children; the needs of 27 have been covered so far. Sponsors are asked to spend $35 per child and return unwrapped gifts to Ally Initiatives in the Memorial Student Center by Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Gifts will be distributed the week of Dec. 17.
The class project is in collaboration with Ally Initiatives, part of UW-Stout’s Involvement and Leadership Center.
For more information, contact instructor Krista James, biology, or Mary McManus, student center assistant director, 715-232-2503.