Tech’s InterFraternity Council is sponsoring an Angel Tree on campus this holiday season and is encouraging students, groups and organizations to sponsor a child.
Ben Toline is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and serves as the vice president of philanthropy on IFC’s executive council. Toline is responsible for organizing the Angel Tree on campus.
“I am super excited to get our campus involved in the Angel Tree program, because it is a charity that with one simple act of kindness you are directly influencing a local child’s life”, Toline said. “Many of us cherish childhood memories from Christmas. By sponsoring angels, we can make sure these children can have the opportunity to have Christmas memories worth cherishing.”
Those who would like to become involved with the Angel Tree should select a tag from the Christmas tree in the RUC lobby to support a child. Gifts can be dropped off between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. Dec. 3 in the Tech Pride Room.
IFC will be sponsoring a wrapping event in conjunction with Late Night Tech Night. Westlee Walker, IFC Vice President of Administrative Affairs, said the event will have many activities for students or volunteers.
“It’s a drop party for people to bring their gifts in,” Walker said. “We are going to have an ugly Christmas sweater contest, a DJ, free food and door prizes. We will decorate Christmas ornaments and wrap the donated presents, also.”
Walker said IFC is excited to get involved with the Putnam County community.
“Being on IFC council is about the betterment of fraternity men, leadership in our university and community involvement,” Walker said. “Any chance we have to get involved in the Cookeville community and help out, we love to take it.”
“It’s not a Greek thing; we’re just sponsoring it,” said Toline. “It’s such a great charity.”
The Angel Tree program is being sponsored in conjunction with Cookeville’s Life Care Family Services.