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Holiday Outreach is a Regent Tradition

By Amanda Morad | December 20, 2012

Regent volunteers at the Salvation Army Toys for Tots Christmas Depot

Before Regent University students, staff and faculty close the books and shut down the computers for the holidays, there is one tradition everyone has the opportunity to participate in each year. On Monday, Dec. 10, more than 100 Regent volunteers came out to the Salvation Army Toys for Tots Christmas Depot to help local families give their children the best Christmas possible.

"This was my second year serving at the Toys for Tots event," said Sarah Schulte, assistant director for recruitment and admissions for the School of Law. "Both years I have been impressed with the compassion of the Marines and the Salvation Army volunteers, as well as the generosity of toy companies, retail stores and the public who make this amazing outreach possible."

This year, Schulte helped distribute clothing and helped families select gifts as a personal shopper. "Both are rewarding, but I especially love shopping, because it allows you to connect with the parents," Schulte explained. "The love they have for their children and the general feeling of gratitude is beautiful."

In addition to shopping with parents and distributing boxes of clothing, Regent volunteers also had the opportunity to sort toys and Angel Tree boxes for distribution to the community.

"Various jobs were given, and I took the task of passing out stockings filled with gifts to each of the shoppers," said Cora Flottman, an enrollment counselor in the College of Arts & Sciences. "The men and women who passed through that afternoon were incredibly grateful; one of my coworkers noticed a woman crying as she selected gifts for her little girl.

"My experience was a welcome reminder to love, serve and consider others. Everyone is in need of Christ's compassion and gift. I am thankful to work for an institution seeking to serve."

Being a part of Christmas for so many families in southeastern Virginia gives Regent volunteers a unique look into the needs of the community and has become a university-wide tradition the last three years.

"I enjoy the opportunity to serve with Toys for Tots because it allows me to pause and be grateful for what I have, but also to reflect on the kindness of humanity, which makes Christmas possible for families who might not otherwise have one," Schulte reflected.

The Christmas Depot is only one of many ways Regent reaches out for the holidays. Collections for Toys for Tots, the Eastern Virginia AIDS Network, and Operation Christmas were also held throughout November and December.

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