The Oklahoma State University Non-Traditional Student Organization is kicking off the holiday season. With December quickly approaching, the season of giving is almost here, providing the community an opportunity to give to those children who might not otherwise receive gifts this holiday season.
The Cowboy Angel Tree, sponsored by NTSO, hosts the annual kick-off event at 11:45 a.m. on Nov. 16 in the Leadership and Campus Life Lounge, located on the second floor of the Student Union. Guests will have the first opportunity to view and adopt an angel from the tree. Pistol Pete and members of Pete’s Pet Posse will also assist with the festivities, and guests will be able to enjoy music from the Higher Praise gospel choir. There will also be light refreshments provided, including hot chocolate and sugar cookies.
This year, more than 300 children will be able to receive gifts thanks to the generous OSU community. Many of these children would not have received a gift for the holidays without the help of NTSO’s Cowboy Angel Tree program.
“This is such a special event, and NTSO loves hosting it every year,” said Marie Basler, NTSO coordinator. “We hope that everyone will be as kind and generous as they have been in past years, because these kids deserve to have a wonderful Christmas.”
This year, many agencies in the community have submitted candidates for the Cowboy Angel Tree program. These children become “angels” on the tree featuring a gift wish list that specifies the child’s age, gender and size. Anyone is welcome to adopt an angel and return the unwrapped gifts from the wish list by Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. to 211 Student Union.
The giving of money donations or gift cards is also welcome in place of adopting an angel. To make a donation please contact Marie Basler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a university-recognized organization, the Non-Traditional Student Organization’s members are those who have had at least a two-year break in education. For more information about being a non-traditional student and the services provided to these students, visit campuslife.okstate.edu/non-traditional-student-services.