BSS Spreads Some Christmas Cheer

December 20, 2019

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Dr. Deidre Redmond helps load one of the bicycles that was purchased for the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences Angel Tree project.

PLAINVIEW – The School of Behavioral and Social Sciences joined in Christmas festivities, spearheading a drive to supply Christmas gifts to seven families through the Salvation Army Angel Tree project. Wayland employees from across campus joined in and purchased gifts for 25 children from families in the Plainview area.

Pat Heinen, administrative assistant for the School, helped organize the drive, but said it was the idea of faculty member Dr. Deidre Redmond.

“Dr. Redmond talked to Heather (Gerszewski) and I to see if we thought it would even be possible,” Heinen said.

Heinen said they decided to take on seven families, resulting in 25 children and 63 Angel Tree tags. Each tag listed a gift item or items for a specific child. Tag items were picked up after the call went out to help with the project. Heinen said several departments chipped in and bought larger items, including five bicycles.

 “Everybody just did a great job,” Heinen said. “We had one tag that didn’t come back, so I called and got the information and we went out and got the stuff.”

Heinen said students also got involved in the effort, and when all was said and done, every tag item had been purchased.

“It was really a great success and I think people really enjoyed it,” Heinen said.

The Angel Tree gifts were distributed on Dec. 14. Anyone interested in helping the Salvation Army during the holidays or throughout the year is encouraged to contact Director Michelle Rutherford at 806-296-6375.