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Students Collecting Christmas Gifts For Families, Teens in Need

In an effort to help those in need this holiday season, Augustana students are collecting gifts for area children, teens, families and individuals.

Last year, the College’s Christmas Giving Program presented 1,100 gifts to local nonprofits, including the Children’s Inn, Children’s Home Society, Heartland House, Lutheran Social Services and the Boys and Girls Club of the Sioux Empire.

Gift ideas are included on Christmas trees located throughout campus, including the residence halls, the Chapel, the Elmen Center and inside Morrison Commons. Gifts can be deposited in Christmas Giving bins near the trees through Wednesday, Dec. 12.

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In addition, this 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 teenager once they have chosen gifts for their smaller children through the Salvation Army. Make a gift to Teen Town.

“At Augustana, we know that we receive so much by helping others in need,” said Billy Thomas, director of Volunteer Programs for Augustana. “We’re thankful for the generosity of our students, faculty and staff and the community for supporting the Christmas Giving Program and Teen Town and we’re looking forward to wrapping many, many gifts for deserving children, teens, families and individuals here in Sioux Falls.”

Augustana students will wrap each of the collected gifts during Semester Shutdown, an event celebrating the end of the fall semester, beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Morrison Commons.

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Ideas for Toddlers:

  • clothing
  • games
  • learning activities
  • books

Ideas for Teens:

  • baseball caps
  • movies
  • clothing
  • hooded sweatshirts
  • slippers
  • socks
  • games
  • board games

Ideas for Adults:

  • towels
  • bath accessories
  • movies
  • deodorant
  • perfumes
  • socks
  • games