Elves and AngelsPosted by Paula Paine on January 14, 2015 in Before students left for Christmas break, they demonstrated that they care about a lot more than finals. Senior Katee Hinkle organized Ottawa University’s first annual Elves and Angels project that brought together faculty, students, alumni, and the Franklin County community to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of children in the Ottawa area.
Participants had several ways to give as part of the Elves and Angels project. Between November 19 and December 9, winter clothes such as hats, t-shirts, underwear, socks, gloves, and coats were collected to help families in need stay warm throughout the winter season. Gifts for area children and young adults could also be donated through the Adopt-a-Family Angel Tree project, with drop-off locations at the Adawe Center, during the Christmas Vespers concert on December 7, or during the culminating Elves and Angels celebration on December 9. Those unable to attend were also able to make a monetary donation online.
Hinkle, Student Affairs and University Chaplain John Holzhuter were the muscle behind the project’s success, which collected more than 800 gifts.
“I am humbled and grateful for the partnerships and participation in this year’s Elves and Angels projects, as both were highly successful,” said Holzhuter. “The gifts that were made, donated or purchased made a huge impact on those in need during the holiday season.”