The Friends University community will embark on its 21st year in its mission of making Christmas a bit merrier for hundreds of needy families in Wichita.
On Dec. 16, more than 250 staff, faculty, students, alumni and families affiliated with the University will embrace the spirit of the season for the annual Salvation Army Service Day. The University will effectively shut down for the day, allowing participants to concentrate on the task of helping to prepare and disperse donated gifts.
Some tasks the University community will be able to help with include sorting toys and gifts, decorating the Salvation Army service center, wrapping gifts, and assisting with the organization’s Angel Tree and Star of Hope programs.
“This is an important day for the Friends community because community service is part of the Friends University mission within the community,” said Joe Dealy, a senior help desk technician for the University’s Information Technology department.