Students Collecting Christmas Gifts for Teens, Families in Need

Christmas Giving at Augustana

In an effort to help those in need this holiday season, Augustana students are collecting donations and gifts for area teens and families through two on-campus efforts:

Teen Town

For the sixth year, Augustana students involved in Serving and Learning Together (SALT) are overseeing Teen Town, a Salvation Army program that provides gifts to teens between 13-18 years of age from low-income families. Teen Town allows parents to choose a gift for their teenagers; the Salvation Army also collects gifts for smaller children.

Last year, Teen Town provided Christmas gifts to more than 500 teens.

There are two ways to help: 

  • Bring an unwrapped gift in the $20-$25 range to the Campus Safety desk inside Morrison Commons by Friday, Dec. 15.
  • Make a monetary donation to Teen Town. The cost to sponsor one teen is $25. Sponsoring multiple teens is encouraged. Submit your monetary donation online.

Teen Town co-chair Cortney Ihnen '20 called the program a great cause.

"It serves the local Sioux Falls community and brings joy to families that are not able to provide gifts for their children during the holidays. Every child, as well as teenager, deserves a gift on Christmas," Ihnen said.

Christmas Giving Trees

For the 28th year, the Augustana campus will be home to a number of Christmas Giving Trees, an effort also coordinated by Serving and Learning Together (SALT).

Ornaments on the Giving Trees list gift or supply ideas for children of all ages and adults in the range of $5-$10. Gifts and supplies will be donated to Children's Home Society, Children's Inn, and the Heartland House. Items can be deposited beneath Giving Trees inside the academic buildings, residence halls and the Chapel of Reconciliation by Friday, Dec. 8.

Learn more about volunteerism at Augustana.