Augustana's Christmas Giving Goal: 1,000 Gifts for People in Need

In an effort to help those in need this holiday season, Augustana’s Christmas Giving Program is hoping to collect 1,000 gifts for area children, families and individuals.

Last year, the College’s Christmas Giving Program presented 900 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 Tuesday, Dec. 13.

In addition to the campus community, attendees of Augustana’s Christmas Vespers and the Christmas Band Extravaganza will also have the opportunity to support the Christmas Giving Program. Gift collection bins will be placed outside of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church prior to the Vespers services Dec. 2-4 and outside the Washington Pavilion prior to the Band concert on Thursday, Dec. 8.

Thanks to everyone who supported the Christmas Giving Program during Augustana's Christmas Vespers services; 120 gifts for area children and families in need were collected during Vespers Dec. 2-4. Thank you!

“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 for supporting the Christmas Giving Program and we’re hopeful that by reaching out to alumni and the greater community, we’ll be able to surpass our goal of 1,000 gifts for deserving children, 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. 14, in the Morrison Commons.

Christmas gift ideas include:

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

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations