For the 22nd year, Friends University staff, faculty, students, alumni and families will work together to make Christmas a bit merrier for hundreds of needy families in Wichita.
On Dec. 15, more than 250 University representatives will embrace the spirit of the season for the annual Salvation Army Service Day. As is tradition, the University will effectively shut down for the day, while the Falcons help prepare and disperse donated gifts.
The University community will sort toys and gifts, decorate the Salvation Army distribution center, wrap gifts and assist with the organization’s Angel Tree and Star of Hope programs.
“Our mission statement speaks to our University being committed to service,” said Dr. Darcy Zabel, interim president of Friends University. “The Salvation Army Service Day is the largest and longest-running service project on campus, and it’s a great day to work together while giving back to our community.”
Friends University offers high-quality undergraduate and graduate academic programs for traditional students and working adults. Rooted both in the liberal arts tradition and the Christian tradition, students learn inside and outside the classroom. Friends University is a regional university with national programs and an international presence.