DAHLONEGA, GA – The Department of Athletics at North Georgia College & State University wraps up their first-ever Community Engagement Week with a story of over 200 student-athletes coming together to give Christmas to children living in Lumpkin County.
In conjunction with Samaritan's Purse and Operation Christmas Child, the student-athletes at North Georgia came together to fill shoeboxes for children ages 4-14, providing Christmas presents to 47 local children.
"This was a great opportunity to show how committed our students are to more than just competing in athletics," Director of Athletics Lindsay Reeves said. "Our student-athletes feel very honored to have touched so many children's lives this holiday season."
The 47 boxes were filled with items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, toys, t-shirts, socks, notebooks, pencils, coloring books, crayons, and other items for their assigned age group.
"Each team really made an effort to provide personalized boxes for the children," North Georgia SAAC President Hilary Cox said. "Some wrote notes and others provided t-shirts from their team. We really wanted each child to feel special when they opened their box on Christmas morning."
A handful of students delivered the wrapped shoeboxes to the Lumpkin County Family Connection who in turn delivered them to families in the immediate community.
"As athletes, we have been given a voice in our community and we are making a conscious effort to give back to the children of Lumpkin County who support us during our seasons," Cox said. This is a time of giving and we are honored to be able to give back to a community who has already given us so much."
"This project was a lot of fun and very rewarding to see all of the wrapped boxes ready to be delivered. "I hope the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at North Georgia can continue this tradition for many years to come."