Just over a week before Christmas; faculty, staff and students from Clayton State University’s College of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences (CIMS) and College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) raised funds to sponsor 15 children and provide gifts for 50+ more children who were going to go unsponsored in this year’s Salvation Army Angel Tree program.
“Everyone dug deep in their pockets to buy additional toys and clothing so that these children would receive something for Christmas,” says Mary Hudachek-Buswell, lecturer of Computer Science and Mathematics in CIMS. “After 12 years of participating with the Angel Tree program, I am amazed at the generosity of my colleagues and students. The Angel Packing Party had more than 20 students come in during their semester break to sort through boxes and boxes of toys, shoes, and clothing.”
Students from AmeriCorps, the Science Club and Wi2STEM spent two hours packing gifts. More than two dozen Clayton State Santas laden with toys formed an impressive line as they made their way to the loading dock to pack the cars. Hudachek-Buswell also notes that, without the support of two Clayton State colleges’ administrative staff; namely Nancy Franco, Sandra Ezeike, Jill Sears, Jennifer Eason and Joy Bryant, the Angel challenge couldn't take place.
“So, even during this recession, Clayton State gave to those in more need than we are,” adds Hudachek-Buswell. “The Salvation Army officers in Jonesboro gave shouts of joy, cheering that Clayton State arrived to save the Angels. They stopped to give a standing ovation as the Clayton State donation was being unloaded.”
Next year, Hudachek-Buswell plans to have the Salvation Army truck come to the Clayton State campus to pick up the gifts, and to bring their Santa and band as well.