This Saturday, Nov. 21, UNCG students, alumni, faculty and staff will gather together to spread holiday cheer during the 10th annual Branches of Love. The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House.
What started as a service project for UNCG Student Alumni Ambassadors has grown into a holiday tradition that is embraced by the entire campus community. Spartans of all ages and members of the greater Greensboro community will spend Saturday afternoon decorating holiday trees that will be donated to local families in transition through Greensboro Urban Ministry’s Partnership Village Transitional Housing Program.
“This is just another example of students, alumni, faculty and staff coming together to serve our community on behalf of UNCG,” said Donegan Root, associate director of development for Alumni Relations. “It’s a lot of fun too. We play holiday music and serve hot chocolate and refreshments. How can you not feel good about being part of an event like this?”
Four-person teams can register online at alumni.uncg.edu, and each team is asked to bring a total of 20 canned or non-perishable food items to be donated to the Spartan Open Food Pantry. A limited number of ornaments will be provided, and prizes will be awarded to the best themed, best traditional and best overall trees. After the event, the 25-30 decorated trees will be delivered to families along with a grocery store gift card.
This year’s event is sponsored by the UNCG Alumni Association, the GOLD Council and the Alumni Club of the Triad. Vanguard alumni, individuals who graduated from UNCG or Woman’s College 50 or more years ago, have provided donations to help supply the trees, refreshments and gift cards.
For more information and to register a team, click here.
Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Relations