UTC’s Holiday Angels Brings Gifts to Needy Chattanooga Children

By Alyssa Smith, Staff Writer—

With the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Holiday Angels campaign, students can donate gifts to children in need this holiday season.  

The Student Advancement Council (SAC) is hosting the program this year in association with Chattanooga’s Partnership for Families, Children and Adults. 

The partnership is a merging of non-profit organizations aiming at bettering the Tennessee Valley community since 1877. Through empowerment and community building, they hope to establish a “strong, safe, and informed community.” 

Students, faculty and staff can register to be a child’s angel and buy them a gift on their holiday wishlist, with their priority wishes listed as well as additional wishes. One can donate one or all of the items. 

The children range anywhere from under six months to 17 years old. For example, Julian, who is two years old, wishes for a tricycle as well as cold weather clothes. 

Anna Pate, student president of SAC, recommends students to donate to this charitable cause. 

“It’s a great way to spread holiday cheer,” Pate said. 

While every child has already been assigned this year, donations are accepted for the partnership and can be dropped off at the Alumni House up until November 20. 

For those who have already been assigned a child, the gifts are to be dropped off Nov. 18 and 19, with the gifts being delivered on the Nov. 20.  

“Many Chattanooga families caring for children struggle financially to make ends meet and Christmas poses an additional financial challenge,” Pate said. “Through the UTC student generosity and dedication, Christmas gifts can be delivered to those who might not otherwise have gifts to open on Christmas Day morning.” 

For more information or to find out how to get involved, contact Nancy Mullins, SAC’s Staff Advisor, at nancy-mullins@utc.edu

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