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Pfeiffer students host annual Angel Tree Fest Celebration

Angel_TreePfeiffer students hosted the second annual Angel Tree event and celebration for 41 Stanly County families. Students, student organizations, sport teams, residence halls, academic classes, departments, and faculty and staff sponsored a child and purchased Christmas presents for them.

The Angel Tree Fest Celebration occurred on Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. and included dinner, games, karaoke, face-painting, crafts, dancing, balloon animals, and a visit from Santa Claus. Stanly County children were paired with a Pfeiffer student leader who escorted them around to the various stations. Parents relaxed, and enjoyed community, and friendship in a separate quiet venue. Approximately 70 students and five faculty and staff performed 314 hours of service during this event.

The Angel Tree Fest Celebration gave Pfeiffer students an opportunity to put a face with the name of their chosen “angel.”

“This event brought out the child in all the volunteers in the room, said senior Emily Couch, who served as the Angel Tree program director. “Serving the children was more of an honor for the Pfeiffer community than an obligation.”

Volunteers practiced Pfeiffer University's mission of servant leadership by intentionally waiting on and catering to the needs of the families throughout the entire event. The project also served as an escape for many students as they prepare and study for fall semester exams.

“The Angel Tree is a fantastic service, “said freshman Kelly Buck, volunteer and the event's co-emcee. “The joy it brings the children is enough pay anyone would ever ask for. I hope that Pfeiffer continues the service for many years to come.”

This community partnership was co-sponsored by Pfeiffer University Francis Center for Servant Leadership, Pfeiffer University Silent Voices Singing Dancers, and Stanly County Christian Ministry Inc. For more information on how you can get involved with service at Pfeiffer University, please email Pfeiffer is a member institution of the N.C. Campus Compact, a statewide coalition of colleges and universities dedicated to increasing campus participation in community and public service.

- By Emily Couch '11 and Kelly Buck '14. Pictured above is Pfeiffer student BJ Gilliand '13, paired with his friend, and Santa.
Photos by Christina Sadler '13.

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