The Giving Tree
Dec 06, 2011This holiday season, a Christmas tree in the atrium of Knutson Campus Center provides a chance for Concordia students to give back to the community.
Each week in December, different items are being collected for charities and then placed under the tree.
First, clothing will be collected for the New Life Center, a homeless shelter in Fargo. Second, toys for Toys for Tots, which gives toys as Christmas gifts to children in need in the area. Third, food and toiletries for the Gladys Ray Shelter, an emergency shelter in Fargo.
The Student Involvement Council, which is part of the Student Government Association, set up the tree.
“We hope to establish a tradition with this tree,” says Arthur Gutnik '13, Sioux Falls, S.D., a student organizer. He sees the tree as a way to get the Concordia campus involved with needs in the community.
During the winter season, homelessness and hunger are even more of a problem in the bitter cold, which is why two of the drives give donations to shelters.
“We didn’t want the tree to just be any other Christmas tree, so we are giving students the opportunity to give to those in need,” says Jocelyn Fetsch '13, Grand Forks, N.D.