|Photo by Leslie Berger
From left, OCU staff Diana Silver, Blythe Benson, and Joey Croslin help sort toys donated in December.
Brightly wrapped packages and other gifts streamed into the OCU Chapel during December, as the OCU community provided for the Angel Tree families at Skyline Urban Ministry.
Chapel Administrator Sarah Krivy coordinated this project that has become an annual occurrence. She reported 25 families, representing 112 people, received gifts this year.
In addition, food donations were collected through the Light the Campus holiday event. This made it possible to distribute food baskets to each of those families as well. The baskets contained provisions for a complete holiday meal—turkey, stuffing, vegetables, desserts, and many non-perishable foods. Staff from across campus joined efforts to put the baskets together and deliver them to Skyline. Food baskets and bags of personal hygiene items also were prepared for every household at Exodus House.
Those who participated in the Angel Tree project this year were faculty and staff from: financial aid, administrative services, the law school, nursing, campus police, teacher education, student affairs, university-church relations, business office, music school, president’s office, facilities, and the business school.
Robert Taylor, the site director at Skyline’s McKee Center, expressed his appreciation for this shared ministry.
"The students, faculty, and staff at OCU exemplify what the Christmas spirit is all about, and we could not be more happy with the partnership we share. Because of the generosity of our friends at OCU and through their Angel Tree Program, 25 needy families in Oklahoma City were able to experience the joy of Christmas," he said.