The past two years Shippensburg University has done it’s part in making sure that those less fortunate may receive gifts during the holiday season. With the help of the salvation army Ship has brought in the Angel Tree, a tree with tags that have toys listed on them that anyone may pick up to give to a child in need. Kayla Salmon, a Ship alumnus, has helped bring the tree to Ship and tickets have gone fast. “We had 200 tickets and actually had to ask for more because they were taken within the first few weeks,” Kayla said.
Ruthanne Bigler has been in charge of the Angel Tree program in the area for the past 10 years and says it’s because of the community that this is all possible. “We couldn’t do it without the community because we get no money to do this,” Ruthanne said. A member of the community Stephanie Eurdyce, has donated the past two years and loves the program. “It [the angel tree] kind of engages the community to give back to this area. It was really fun to for the children I was assigned.” Since the mid 90’s the angel tree has been helping families and with the help of the community, it will this year as well.