It’s a full tree, awaiting the support of some full hearts.

Sponsored by Staff Senate’s Community Service Committee, the Angel Tree will soon be on display in the second-floor lobby of Hearnes Hall.

Each ornament represents the child of a Pell-eligible MSSU student whose family is in need. Those who would like to adopt an “angel” can take an ornament from the tree and fill in their information on a separate one.

“We’ll also have a box set by the tree for those who don’t want to, or are unable to take on the full responsibility of adopting an Angel by themselves,” said Bethany Newsom, Southern’s scholarship counselor. “They can donate smaller items such as gifts and clothing items and just leave it in the box.”

The gift drop-off ends Nov. 28, and presents will be distributed on Dec. 5 during the annual Southern Lights Festival. For those who would like to volunteer their time, there will be a gift-wrapping party Dec. 3 in Billingsly Student Center’s Connor Ballroom. Volunteers are asked to bring scissors and tape.

To make monetary donations, or for more information, contact Newsom at ext. 3161 or