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Angel Tags offer ways for KCC to give back

By Megan Johnson
On December 7, 2015

Student Stephanie Pineda, administrative assistant, takes a tag off of the Angel Tag Tree in Iowa Hall outside of Student Life. 

Angel Tags have been a part of Kirkwood Community College’s holiday season since 1997. On these tags, students can find the age, sex and a Christmas wish list for a child in need. 

These tags are meant for children’s families struggling with mental or psychological challenges, explained Mary Huffman, Student Life. 

Huffman adds, some of these children would not have received anything for Christmas were it not for the Angel Tag project.

An email sent to Kirkwood from Tanager Place stated that Kirkwood is the “single largest company or organization” to donate gifts for these families. 

The Angel Tag project is also aided by nearly three dozen other local organizations according to Tanager Place.

Students should shop for age appropriate gifts, Huffman says if the list is too much, Huffman “encourages students to partner” up with a friend or two, and buy only a few items from the list. These children “appreciate anything.” 

Huffman said and the items on the “tags are suggestions.” Huffman also stated students can “pick one thing and fill in with a small gift.” 

She mentioned that toiletries, such as perfume and cologne are often times desired by the older children. 

Huffman stated that she “feels it is an important project. It brightens their lives and it warms your heart.” 

In an email sent to Kirkwood, Director of Community Relations Director, Joan Hackbarth said, “It’s humbling to be a part of something so inspiring for the greater good of thousands of children.”

Students can find the tags on Christmas Trees in Iowa Hall, Linn Hall, and at the Rec Center. Monetary donations are also accepted and can be turned into Student Life in Iowa Hall. 

These donations will be used to purchase gifts from the children’s lists, said Huffman. 

The Angel Tags program can also be found around the community. Outside of Kirkwood, Rockwell Collins and Mount Mercy University are two other organizations that participate in the Angel Tag project. 

All donations and gifts are due by Dec. 4 in Student Life.

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