President's Report Masthead
December 31, 2012
Hand to Heart and Residential Life

The Hand to Heart Project made the holidays a bit brighter for hundreds and hundreds of children. Here, Residential Life staff fill bags with gifts to be delivered to the less fortunate.

Hand to Heart and Residential Life

Hand to Heart, an annual program that began in 1996 and is sponsored by Residential Life, organizes and collects gifts for local low-income children. For the price of a pizza or movie, students can help a child have a happier holiday.

The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), composed of the top 1 percent of student leaders on campuses across the world, coordinates tagging the gift bags while Resident Assistants handle the request lists.

Gift bags are provided to donors before Thanksgiving to give them time to fill the bags by early December…this gives everyone plenty of time to coordinate distribution to families who would otherwise have a less-than-merry Christmas. 

Student donors are given a specific age/gender to shop for, ranging from newborns through independent teens, while staff fill in the gaps and also help ensure that the 300 vulnerable young people who live at the Children’s Home have a joyous holiday.

NRHH schedules members to sort and pack the bags for pick-up after Residential Life staff members transport them to one of the residential hall lounges. This year, students filled approximately 1,100 bags for the Salvation Army and over 100 staff members gave presents for young people who live at the Children’s Home.