Faculty, staff and students at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus celebrated the holiday season by spreading a little Christmas cheer.
The Campus stuffed 182 Christmas stockings for the Salvation Army’s Stocking Stuffer program, breaking the campus’ record for participation in the annual project.
“Troy University is happy to help the Salvation Army each year with this great program,” said Ray White, Campus Vice Chancellor, noting the campus’ participation has a lasting impact for those who participate.
Hannah Shipma, daughter of Dr. Mike Schraeder, a professor in the Sorrell College of Business, first took part in the program when she was a student at Evangel Christian Academy, stuffing stockings with members of the basketball team and cheerleading squad. Now a psychology teacher in the Home School LIFT Program, Shipma shared that spirit of giving with her students. Her students packed nearly 50 stockings and donated several larger items to the University’s effort.
“Their contributions allowed the Montgomery Campus to break its record again with 182 stuffed stockings for children and homeless adults who might not otherwise enjoy the holidays,” White said.
Shipma said she appreciated the TROY’s Montgomery Campus for allowing her students to serve others as a part of the program.
“LIFT is so grateful for the opportunity to partner with TROY for this endeavor, and we hope to participate for many years to come,” Shipma said.
The stockings were turned over to the Salvation Army on Thursday, but not before faculty and staff were honored for their participation. Faculty and staff members from Whitley Hall competed against those from all other areas of the Campus, and narrowly outpaced them, winning a pizza lunch. The runners-up were rewarded for their efforts with donuts.