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 Illustration by Alexandra Nelipa

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Ornaments are available for pickup Nov. 18.

By Michelle Delgado
sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the annual Angel Tree drive.

Nov. 18 marks the first day holiday trees on campus will be decorated with paper ornaments with a Fenwick Elementary student’s name, gender and age for selection. Participants can choose one or more students and buy a holiday gift for them.

For over 15 years, Staff Council has selected a school for this college to adopt. That school receives donations from the school supply drive, Angel Tree and Book Fiesta for each school year.

More than 450 children, ages 3-12, will receive gifts from this college for the holidays.

“For people who need help with ideas, I tell them to look for three things: something that is practical, something that’s educational and something fun,” said Dee Dixon, Staff Council president.

Practical gifts include gloves, hats, socks and scarves; educational gifts include books and puzzles.

The recommended cost for a gift is no more than $25.

 Illustration by Alexandra Nelipa

Illustration by Alexandra Nelipa

Extra gifts and wrapping paper also may be donated.

“These are students who are in our backyard; these are students who would ultimately come to San Antonio College,” Dixon said.

Fenwick is fewer than 3.5 miles away and feeds into the middle and high schools that typically send students to this college.

Last year J.T. Brackenridge Elementary received the Angel Tree gifts.

“It went terrific,” said Gloria Martinez, parent-family liaison for J.T. Brackenridge Elementary.

Brackenridge students come from low-income families, so they greatly appreciated it, she said.

Adopting the school and showing compassion for the children reminds them that they can attend this college someday, Dixon said.

Families of current students, former students and even the community pitch in for the annual drive, Dixon said.

“Once you’re SAC, you’re always SAC,” she said.

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