The spirit of giving has begun as SFA Campus Recreation Center welcomes the holiday season by offering students the opportunity to partake in the annual Angel Tree program. 

Tags wrapped around swirling candy canes, hung on the Christmas tree in the Rec lobby, listing desired items for the Nacogdoches Animal Services and Adoption Center, Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital and SFA Purple Santa.

“(They) just choose a tag that’s something that they wish to purchase, and they bring it back,” said Katie Van Dunk, SFA Campus Recreation Promotions and Sponsorship Coordinator. 

This year’s items range in price for students who desire not to spend money to those who are willing to open their wallets. Van Dunk said these items are simple and not a great amount has to be spent to give back. 

“Depending on who they are buying things for… they give us a list of items,” Van Dunk said. “It may be things that you may have laying around the house like old bed sheets you are not using anymore, blanket… and old linens”

The animal center has listed items such as used linen sheets, cleaning products, pet litter, toys and leashes. The hospital has asked for student to donate toys and books for toddlers designated for the children’s unit and waiting rooms. The SFA Purple Santa program is asking for toy items for local toddlers this Christmas, allowing students to make a child’s wish come true.   

“I really like the idea of the angel tree program because anybody can participate, anybody can get involved and be part of the giving,” Van Dunk said.

The last day for ongoing collection of the donated goods will be Friday, Dec. 20. 

“Anytime the facility is open they can drop anything off, they can take multiple candy canes if they want or bring multiple items back,” Van Dunk said. 

Students can not only choose the type of item based on their spending budget but also the number of gift they would like to donate. 

“The more items we get donated the more we can give back during the holiday season,” Van Dunk said. 

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