Georgia Southern University hosts Christmas tree charity program

Each year, Georgia Southern University lights its annual Holiday Helper Tree. The tree holds the holiday wishes of more than 800 people who would not receive gifts without the compassion of faculty, staff and student volunteers, the university reports in a press release.

Individuals are sponsored by 18 local social service agencies in the Statesboro area. More than 200 university volunteers seek to fulfill the wishes of these children and adults each year.

"Programs like this prove that Georgia Southern operates hand-in-hand with the local community and together we are able to meet the needs of so many people," said Eileen Sconyers Smith, who founded the University's Holiday Helper program almost two decades ago. She added that the most wonderful thing about this program is its simplicity.

The Holiday Helpers campaign is sponsored by Georgia Southern's Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of nonprofit workers is projected to increase by 14 percent over the next several years. 

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