The Giving Tree

By: Andrea Larson (@andrea_larson_)

For this year’s holiday party, the Journalism Department created a social media campaign that would not only express what we are thankful for, but also give back to the community.

The department asked students and faculty to post a picture of what they are thankful for this holiday season to any social media site of their choice, such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Submitted photos were printed into  an ornament for the giving tree, which quickly became the centerpiece of the holiday party.

A donation for each of the pictures submitted is being given to the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry (OACP). The Journalism faculty and staff were gracious enough to provide the money for the donation. For every dollar donated, OACP provides five pounds of food to families in need. Over $165 will be delivered to the OACP next week. That means area families will be provided with 825 pounds of food this holiday season.

“The faculty in the department were universally impressed when the STEP students came up with the idea to create the giving tree, with any donated money going to the local food pantry,” said Michael Cowling, Journalism Department chair. “Faculty members felt it was such a good cause that they, as individuals, and the department, should provide the money for the donations. We are proud of the students for developing the tree as a way to promote social media and to support such a worthwhile community program.”

Thank you to everyone who participated!


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