ASUletide Shares the Christmas Spirit with Deserving Families

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By Lois G. Russell/ASU

More thChristmas giftsan 100 Montgomery area families will have a merrier Christmas this year thanks to the generosity of the Alabama State University family.

On Thursday, December 12, 2019, the University held its annual ASUletide event, providing toys and other gifts for more than 100 children and boxes of food for their families and for senior citizens in the area.

The event is coordinated through the Department of Community Relations which is part of the Division of Institutional Advancement.

"This is really a campuswide initiative," said Ken Waters, who leads the CommUniversity initiatives for Alabama State University. "We have established a CommUniversity Committee that has worked really hard to pull all of this together."

Christmas boxes2More than 30 volunteers organized the food and toy collections. They also turned the Student Center food court into a festive Toyland, complete with Santa's Village and decorative Christmas-themed stations for distributing gifts to the families.

The University partnered with Hands-On River Region and other service organizations in selecting those families that would benefit from ASUletide.

"I don't know what I would have done for my kids for Christmas if it had not been for Alabama State University," said one grateful mother of six children. "I lost my job two months ago, and I was just shocked when I found out that my family was going to be part of this. I am so thankful."

President Quinton T. Ross Jr. said the event is one of the highlights of the year for the University.

"ASUletide really shows what CommUniversity is all about. We are proud to be a part of this community, and we are proud to be able to give back in this way."

Media relations specialist Hazel Scott has been a part of the giving initiative since it began more than seven years ago.

"I really look forward to being a part of this every year," said Scott. “Just seeing the smiles on the children's faces and hearing the gratitude of their parents make us all aware of what the true meaning of the season is really all about."