University of Houston-Victoria students, staff and faculty gave a holiday boost in donations to two local nonprofit organizations as they helped kick off the fourth annual “Giving Tree.” The donation drive began with a tree-trimming event in the University Center Building foyer Dec. 3.
Two local nonprofit organizations will benefit from the donation drive: Golden Crescent Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Crossroads Youth and Family Services.
Community members can contribute to the Giving Tree drive by bringing unwrapped donations to UHV at 3007 N. Ben Wilson Dec. 3-14.
Barbara Blevins, CASA volunteer coordinator, said the drive makes the holiday season special for many of the children at CASA, an organization which cares for neglected or abused children.
“The Giving Tree UHV puts on each year embodies the real meaning of the holiday spirit, and it really makes a difference for many of the children under our care,” Blevins said. “It means the world to them.”
“I’m happy the UHV student senate gets the chance to touch the lives of some of our community’s youth by partnering with organizations like CASA and the Crossroads Youth and Family Services,” Delores White, UHV student senate president, said.
“Knowing that we, as a community, can put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season is very exciting and rewarding.”
“Each year, our students, staff and faculty have been very generous. I’m absolutely certain our community will show the same kindheartedness this year,” White added.
Suggested gift items to donate to the Giving Tree include the following: CD players, small radios, journals, disposable cameras, fishing gear, art supply kits, cologne/perfume, purses, backpacks, Dora the Explorer toys, handheld games, gift cards and new clothing.
A complete wish list, for ages 1-18, is posted on flyers at the UHV campus.
The Giving Tree is sponsored by the UHV Student Senate. For more information, please contact Student Senate President Delores White at (361) 649-3221 or Nancy Gresham at (361) 570-4351.