Sunday, December 21, 2008

Clayton State University Colleges Sponsor Local Families in Need

Amidst the hustle and bustle of final exams and graduation, Clayton State University’s College of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences (CIMS) and College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) have opened their hearts to the Angel Tree, sponsored by the Salvation Army.

“This is our ninth year participating with the Angel Tree program. In the past we have worked to sponsor 10 to 14 children, but this year we issued a challenge to sponsor 20 children. Each year we always feel like we can help more and we were glad to take on more this year,” says Dr. Mary Hudachek-Buswell, assistant professor of Mathematics in CIMS.

The faculty and staff of CIMS and CAS worked with Captain Candace Marquez of the Jonesboro chapter of the Salvation Army to coordinate their efforts. Hudachek-Buswell notes there are 1,000 families to help in Clayton, Fayette and Henry counties.

The Kohl’s department store, located in Fayetteville, Ga., generously supports this effort and assists the “super shopper” for CIMS and CAS with the Angel Tree shopping.

“Kathy Kroll at Kohl’s really helps us out every year. They allow us to start holding clothes and toys up to week before our purchase. They also provide us with business partner coupons that really allow us to maximize our money,” says Hudachek-Buswell.

This community effort continues to reach out to faculty and staff that are no longer with Clayton State.

“We continue to have former colleagues donate to our Angel Tree efforts. It’s wonderful that this project has touched many hearts that they are still drawn to donate,” says Hudachek-Buswell.

After the secret “super shopper” spent up to one hour of shopping for each child, totaling near 20 hours of shopping, all the items were carefully sorted for each child. All the presents are delivered to the Salvation Army who wrap and deliver the gifts to the parents.

“We plan to take on more families next year and fulfill more wishes,” says Hudachek-Buswell.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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