Leadership and volunteer roles up for grabs on NSU Angel Tree Committee
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Leadership and volunteer roles up for grabs on NSU Angel Tree Committee

Published 8/29/17

Marissa Mitchell

TNE Writer

Every year, during the months of November and December, thousands of people across the country can find a Christmas tree decorated with little pieces of paper, or “angels.” This project is known as the Angel Tree and has been a source of Christmas joy for children of low-income families from coast to coast for years.

 There are several Angel Tree locations across the country, along with many locations right here in Cherokee County including one in NSU’s Underground.

The Angel Tree that can be found in the Underground is organized by the Cherokee County Angel Tree Committee. Made up of NSU students, the CCATC works through the Northeastern Activities Board to aid in all aspects of the typical Angel Tree process. Clayton Fulton serves as the chair of the CCATC and is currently recruiting NSU students to volunteer for this committee. He is also seeking potential leaders.

“We encourage every student to apply to serve on this year’s Angel Tree committee,” said Fulton. “Those with a strong sense of dedication, leadership potential and a servant-like attitude are best suited for the leadership roles on the committee.”

The leadership roles range from recruitment leader to vice chair. Many NSU students stay involved with the CCATC after their first time volunteering, such as Shayla Hardbarger, Stilwell senior.

“Last year, I was the organization and distribution chair for the Cherokee County Angel Tree Committee,” said Hardbarger. “I have reapplied this year and am hoping to receive the position as vice chair or the head of the organization and distribution chair, again.”

For some families, finding a local Angel Tree and “adopting an angel” has become a holiday tradition. Cindy Chanslor, Tahlequah resident, and her family have been adopting angels from Angel Trees for so long they can hardly remember when their tradition started.

“I grew up with some great examples of givers,” said Chanslor. “My dad and mom worked multiple jobs to support their six kids but always made time to give to others. I want to live up to my heritage and be a giver”

Students on the CCATC, leaders and volunteers alike can attest to how much work and pride comes from volunteering with this organization.

“It was a lot of hard work, but it was definitely worth it knowing we go to make the Christmas of so many children so much better,” said Harbarger. “Last year we served a record number of families in Cherokee County, and this year we are hoping to serve even more.”

There are several ways for NSU students to volunteer, according to Fulton. Students and student organizations are encouraged to adopt an angel if they are unable to volunteer their time.

The CCATC is currently taking applications for leadership positions within the committee. Every student should have an email from NAB with a link to the application, said Fulton.

Any students who are interested in volunteering with or without a leadership role is encouraged to attend a CCATC meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 30 in the Student Engagement Office located in the University Center.

For further questions, email Fulton at fulton02@nsuok.edu.

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