Holiday Gift Program keeps on giving
Tis the Season for the University Holiday Gift Program.
TWU student Rebecca Sanchez delivers gifts for the Holiday Gift Program from the Marketing & Communication office to the CARE office.
Texas Woman’s University’s annual Holiday Gift Program, which benefits the children of its students, has so far helped 296 children, but the need for even more support is greater than ever, says Jessica Burchfield, assistant director of the Campus Alliance for Resource Education.
The annual toy drive for children of TWU students allows university faculty and staff the opportunity to provide the Holiday cheer that comes with something under the tree for a child in need.
This year, 208 TWU students have applied for the program on behalf of their families, with 384 children needing gifts. So far, 162 of those families have been matched to donors who will provide the 296 children with a gift. That still leaves the opportunity to help 46 TWU student families, or 88 children.
Presents for the Holiday Gift Program fill an office
“For my girls to also be in this ‘college budget’ reality, this is just one way for them to see that world is a great place filled with great people,” said Tammy Chavira, an interdisciplinary studies senior and beneficiary of the program. “Thank you for this opportunity to be sponsored, and know that the girls are very gracious and will certainly pay it forward in their own lives.”
To accommodate the level of need this season, the university has extended its gift-giving deadline and will be accepting gifts until December 21. Interested faculty and staff can also make monetary donations by visiting the E-toy box on http://www.twucommuter.com.
Last year, the program reached 309 children of university students. In 2013 the program was recognized with the Outstanding Collaboration Award from the American College Personnel Association. The Holiday Gift Program has helped the families of students for more than 30 years.
The Campus Alliance for Resources Education team works with the TWU Housing Department and with the TWU Office of Advancement to hold the toy drive, and Burchfield says everyone who participates gets something out of the experience.
“Ask anyone who has ever been on the committee,” Burchfield said. “We are all very passionate about seeing our students and their families having a great Holiday.”
Students and their families at the Dallas and Houston campuses have also taken advantage of the tidings of joy, making this initiative truly university wide.