MONMOUTH STUDENT-ATHLETES OFFER ANGEL TREE
For the fourth consecutive year, the Monmouth College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is reaching out to those in need by sponsoring their annual Angel Tree.
The college's SAAC group is soliciting gifts for special needs adults and youth in the immediate Monmouth area. The angel's names are located in the athletic office of the college's Huff Athletic Center and will be available through early December.
Anyone from the campus or community interested in purchasing gifts for the special needs residents should select an angel as soon as possible. Gifts may range from clothing and jewelry to food items. When completed, gifts should be wrapped and the angel attached to the gift and returned to the Huff Athletic Center office by Dec. 10. SAAC volunteers will deliver the gifts the following week. There is no dollar limit on the value of the gifts.
"We've had tremendous support year-in and year-out," said SAAC adviser Melissa Bittner. "The campus community always steps up for the angels, but we encourage the community to participate too. We expect another great showing of support this year."
Bittner explained that part of the educational process at Monmouth College teaches the students that they can have a positive impact in the lives of others by performing community service.
"We have a citizenship class at Monmouth, but this goes beyond the usual classroom," said Bittner of the Angel Tree program. "With the Angel Tree donations, our student-athletes can put theory into practice. They're making more of an impact than they realize by making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate."