The Globe University-La Crosse campus got into the holiday spirit recently by sponsoring Angel Tree tags from the Salvation Army and the Tree of Hope for pets. Each group put up a tree in the commons, one for donating pet supplies and the other inviting students, faculty, and staff to sponsor a child in need.
Decorated by photos of animals in local shelters, the Tree of Hope features items donated by the Globe community. Dry and canned cat and dog food, kitty litter, toys, treats, and pet beds are piled up, ready to help animals in the area.
“The donated items are then picked up by the SPOTT program: Supporting Pets Over Troubled Times. We heard about this program in Sparta through a former student of ours,” said Amy Stinson, vet tech program chair. “It is similar to a food pantry for people, but for pets instead.”
Dani Graham, a vet tech instructor, noted that animal shelters and pets can be overlooked during the holidays. “It’s easy to forget animals are in need, too,” she said.
Donations for the SPOTT program will be accepting donations on campus until December 17.
Globe University also sponsored 25 children from the La Crosse area through the Salvation Army’s “Angel Tree.” The Salvation Army estimated that more than 1,500 children were provided clothing through area sponsors last year, so the La Crosse campus was more than happy to contribute this year.
Jackie Lee, medical assistant program chair, sponsored several children through the program. “I feel fortunate in my life to not live paycheck to paycheck, so it only feels right to give back to those who maybe don’t have that luxury,” she said, adding, “The thought of a kid getting something that will bring a smile to their face makes me happy. I like to be able to help in the community.”
Several students also sponsored children through the Angel Tree. Vet tech student Mollee Whyte was one student who participated. “I chose to donate to the Salvation Army to help a child in need,” she said.
“I feel that every child should be able to have a joyful and happy Christmas. I hope my donation helps the family and the child have a happy Christmas.”
We are grateful for the generosity demonstrated on our campus to fulfill Globe University’s mission of We Care, and wish a safe and happy holidays to all.