This Christmas season Newman University is again sponsoring a Salvation Army Angel Tree for students, faculty, and staff to help make this Christmas special for someone in need. The Angel Tree is located on the 2nd floor of Sacred Heart Hall outside of St. John’s Chapel. Anyone who wishes to participate may choose a paper angel to provide a toy or gift to a child in need. Angels are not limited per person and choosing multiple angels is welcomed.
The Angel Tree was originated in 1979 by Salvation Army Majors Charles and Shirley White in Lynchburg, Va. The Whites gathered the gift wishes of underprivileged children and wrote them on Hallmark cards that had angels on the front. Placing the cards on a Christmas tree in the mall provided shoppers the opportunity to buy the gifts to help children.
Today, people can still choose an angel in person or select an angel online. Gifts for the angel tree recipients, whether chosen locally or virtually, should be dropped off, unwrapped, at the location outside of St. John’s Chapel no later than 10 a.m. on Dec. 14. For questions, call 316-942-4291, ext. 2308 or 2137.