Friends University staff, faculty, students, alumni and families worked together Dec. 14 to make Christmas a bit merrier for hundreds of needy families in Wichita.
Approximately 150 University representatives embraced the spirit of the season for the annual Salvation Army Service Day. The group helped prepare and disperse donated gifts.
“Service to others is a foundation of our mission at Friends University,” said Dr. Joan Gallagher, vice president of University Advancement and a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. “Every year the work that the Friends community contributes makes a significant difference in the Salvation Army’s ability to achieve its goals for the Wichita Mission of Hope campaign.”
The University community sorted toys and gifts, decorated the Salvation Army distribution center, wrapped gifts and assisted with the organization’s Angel Tree and Star of Hope programs.
“This is a great opportunity to give back to our community,” said Joe Dealy, Friends University Events Committee representative. “The Salvation Army Service Day is the largest and longest-running service project on campus. For 23 years, we’ve been helping others during the holiday season.”
Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.